2020 Online Benefit

As you may know, we had planned to host our 4th annual Toast to Housing Justice in March, but cancelled due to COVID-19. We’ve been busy working to support Illinoisans without homes or living on the brink during this public health crisis and advancing racial justice through housing justice for all.
Now, Housing Action Illinois is trying something new: we’re launching our first-ever online benefit. All contributions support our work to create a more equitable Illinois where everyone has a good, affordable home.
We’re all adapting to a new reality and trying new things. For us, that includes getting creative and giving you the chance to:

    • Learn to play craps from Sharon, our Executive Director
    • Learn to knit or crochet with Board member Mary Lu Seidel
    • Practice your Spanish with Bibian, our Capacity Building Specialist
    • Perfect your michelada making with Board member Laura Olvera
    • …and more
You can also snag more traditional items, such as:

    • Gift cards for restaurants such as Lula Cafe, Chili’s, Brightwok, and Panera
    • Passes to explore nature at the Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo, and Morton Arboretum
    • Opportunities for cultural experiences at Second City, the Gene Siskel Film Center, and the Chicago History Museum
    • …and more
Finally, we’ve compiled a collection of favorite recipes from staff and Board to thank anyone who gives a donation!
We had hoped to raise $6,000 at our 2020 Toast to Housing Justice, which is our only fundraiser. We’re grateful to have $3,435 toward our $6,000 goal.

But that leaves us $2,565 short of the amount we were counting on.

With your support, we know we can still reach $6,000! We hope you’ll contribute to our work to protect and expand affordable housing in Illinois.

Past Annual Benefits

Starting in 2017 with a Toast to Housing Justice to celebrate our 30th anniversary, Housing Action Illinois has brought together housing champions each year at our annual benefit. Thanks to everyone who has joined us over the years!

Check out photos from past events:

2019 Toast to Housing Justice »
2018 Toast to Housing Justice »
2017 Toast to Housing Justice »