October 24 & 25  |  Bloomington, Illinois

Each year, we bring together hundreds of housing professionals who care about expanding and protecting affordable housing and ending homelessness in Illinois. Together, we build expertise, experience, and the capacity to make our communities better. During the conference, we offer workshops in four different tracks:

  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Ending Homelessness
  • Housing Counseling
  • Affordable Housing Development

We also bring participants together for opening and closing sessions, our annual membership meeting, and an evening networking reception.

Our 2019 conference will be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, IL.


We have a limited number of rooms at the DoubleTree available for the discounted block rate of $116 plus taxes. Make your reservation online here or call and let the staff know that you’re participating in the conference.

Preview Topics

Conference Sessions

  * NOTE: All sessions are still subject to change.

General Sessions

  • Opening Plenary: Segregated in the Heartland – Hear from Governing magazine reporters Brian Charles and Dan Vock about their six-month investigation of segregation in small Illinois cities
  • Annual Membership Meeting & Hot Topics
  • Thursday Afternoon Keynote – Governor JB Pritzker (invited)
  • Closing Plenary 

Public Policy Advocacy

  • Responding to Segregation in the Heartland (Workshop I) – Action-oriented panel discussion
  • Bold Federal Housing Proposals (Workshop II) – Understanding and assessing federal proposals and plans
  • Toolkit for Local Affordable Housing Advocacy (Workshop III) – How to start a local movement for affordable housing
  • A Fair Chance at Housing (Workshop IV) – Recent efforts and successes to expand housing opportunities for people with conviction and arrest records

Ending Homelessness

  • Forging New Partnerships: Housing and Healthcare (Workshop I) – Concrete examples of initiatives around the state
  • Helping Schools House Families (Workshop II) – Learn about an Illinois law allowing schools to help families stay in a home
  • Local Government and Nonprofit Partnerships: Peoria Rehousing Case Study (Workshop III) – Peoria case study on an emergency housing program
  • Working with a “By-Name” List to End Homelessness (Workshop IV) – Learnings from success in Lake County

Affordable Housing Development

  • Preserving Rental Housing in Rural Illinois (Workshop I) – The future of housing for rural populations across Illinois
  • Is This Deal a Go or No Go? (Workshop II) – Determining the costs, advantages, and risks of potential housing projects
  • Opportunity Zones (Workshop III) – How to take advantage of this new community investment tool
  • Innovations to Lower the Cost of Construction (Workshop IV) – Case studies of replicable starter home designs

Housing Counseling

  • Please Try This at Home: Ideas for Your Agency (Workshop I) – Hear about educational and incentive programs
  • Understanding the True Cost of Housing Counseling (Workshop II) – Learn how to calculate the actual costs of your program
  • Program Implementation: Putting New Skills & Ideas to Work (Workshop III) – Discuss  ways to expand or upgrade your services after acquiring a new skill or idea
  • Updates from HUD & IHDA: State & Federal Programs to Help Housing Counselors (Workshop IV)  – Learn about federal and state programs that could help your organization

Preview Schedule

Conference Schedule

* NOTE: Schedule subject to change.

Thursday, October 24

  • Registration & Coffee: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
  • Opening Plenary Session: 10:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Annual Membership Meeting & Luncheon: 11:30 – 12:45 pm
  • Workshop I: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
  • Workshop II: 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Afternoon Plenary Session: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Reception: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, October 25

  • Registration & Coffee: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Workshop III: 9:00 am – 10:15 am
  • Workshop IV: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
  • Closing Plenary & Box Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Interested in supporting the conference? Learn more about sponsorship opportunities and contact Kristin Ginger with inquiries.

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