2020 Annual Conference

Going virtual—and national!

We’re excited to announce that this October, Housing Action Illinois is partnering with the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) to bring you our annual Housing Matters! Conference as part of a national forum. Strengthening Resilient Communities, a virtual event, comes with a major bonus: in addition to our robust Illinois programming, you can participate in plenary sessions with top national speakers and community development leaders working on similar issues in different states. Illinois-specific sessions will be held October 13 – 15.

Although we had originally planned to meet up again in person in Bloomington for our 2020 Housing Matters! conference, concern for everyone’s health and well-being has led us to shift plans. We look forward to bringing this year’s conference to you in a new format and with partners from around the nation.

Forum registration will open later this summer. 

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Save the Date

National Sessions: October 13 – 23
Illinois Sessions: October 13 – 15

Stay tuned for more details.

Calendar with session dates for Illinois and national workshops

All Access Pass

For an additional moderate fee, you will be able to purchase an all-access pass to other virtual state community development conferences taking place October 13 – 23. This virtual forum ties together events organized by housing networks and community development associations in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas, as well as the NACEDA Summit. Hear how our peers in other states are recovering, advocating for their communities, and planning big for the future.

And of course, this all access pass works both ways. We need you at this year’s Housing Matters! conference to show the rest of the country how we’re doing things in Illinois.

About the Housing Matters! Conference

Each year, we bring together more than 200 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 typically 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.

Thank You to Our 2019 Housing Matters! Conference Sponsors

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

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Breakfast Sponsor

Exhibitors