Housing Matters

Oct. 20 – 21
Bloomington, IL

Back in person and celebrating our 35th anniversary!

Join us to spark connections, get the latest updates, & share ideas as we work together to create an Illinois where everyone has a good, affordable home.

UPDATE: Registration is now full. Join our waitlist →

Housing Matters

Oct. 20 – 21
DoubleTree by Hilton
Bloomington, IL

Back in person and celebrating our 35th anniversary!

Join us to spark connections, get the latest updates, & share ideas as we work together to create an Illinois where everyone has a good, affordable home.

UPDATE: Registration is now full. If you are interested in adding your name to our waitlist, please submit your information here →

About the Conference

Each year, Housing Action Illinois brings together 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.

The conference is held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, Illinois.

Plenary Sessions & Member Meeting

We’re excited to bring everyone together for opening and closing plenary sessions, as well as our annual membership meeting.

During our annual membership meeting, we’ll share our recent successes and challenges, as well as goals for the coming year. Then we will welcome Diane M. Shelley, newly appointed Regional Administrator of the HUD Midwest Regional Office, for keynote remarks.

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Workshops & Networking

This year, we’re bringing 12 breakout workshops related to public policy advocacy, ending homelessness, housing counseling, and affordable housing development. Get the latest updates from experts and hear about case studies that could inform your work.

We’re also planning networking opportunities such a mixer with conversation starters and a staff and board meet-and-greet to facilitate in-person connections after two years apart.

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35th Anniversary Celebration

This year, we will be hosting a 35th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the conference. We look forward to seeing both familiar and new faces as we toast to our accomplishments and renew our commitment to build a better future.

We will also thank the people who make a difference in our field.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Schedule At-A-Glance

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Thursday, October 20

  • 8:30 am – Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 am – Opening Plenary
  • 11:30 am – Breakout Workshops
  • 12:45 pm – Membership Luncheon & Keynote
  • 3:00 pm  – Breakout Workshops
  • 4:15 pm – Networking
  • 5:00 pm – Reception
  • 6:00 pm – 35th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Friday, October 21

  • 8:00 am – Continental Breakfast, Staff & Board Meet & Greet
  • 9:00 am – Breakout Workshops
  • 10:45 pm – Breakout Workshops
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch & Closing Plenary

Featured Speakers

Emily Hooper Lansana

Community Builder, Storyteller, Arts Administrator, Educator

For more than thirty years, Emily Hooper Lansana has performed as a storyteller, sharing her work with audiences throughout Chicago and across the country. She has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival, and at a variety of museums, colleges and performance venues. She often performs with Performance Duo: In the Spirit. Her work seeks to give voice to those whose stories are often untold, especially those of the African diaspora. Currently she serves as Senior Director of Community Arts for the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.

Opening Keynote Session: Thursday @ 10:00am

Diane M. Shelley

HUD Midwest Regional Administrator

Diane M. Shelley, a retired Illinois judge, was appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Midwest Regional Administrator. Based in Chicago, she oversees HUD’s six-state Midwest region: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Regional Administrator Shelley is the regional liaison to elected officials, congressional delegations, associations, and stakeholders.

Membership Luncheon & Keynote: Thursday @ 12:45pm

Secretary Mario Treto, Jr.

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR)

A nationally recognized lawyer and government official, Mario Treto, Jr. was appointed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker to serve as the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on April 1, 2021. In this role, he leads and oversees the State of Illinois’ lead regulatory agency with a budget of $135 million charged with strengthening consumer protections through the licensing of over 1.2 million licensed professionals and the regulation of banking and financial services.

Closing Keynote & Luncheon: Friday @ 12:00pm

Logistics & Lodging

DoubleTree by Hilton

The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, Illinois (10 Brickyard Drive). Map your route →

The DoubleTree is approximately 12 minutes by car from Uptown Station in Normal and approximately 10 minutes from the Bloomington/Normal Airport. Taxi cabs and ride-hailing services are usually available from both the station and airport.

Unfortunately, rooms at the DoubleTree during the nights of the conference are no longer available. We recommend you reserve a room at our overflow accommodations, the Eastland Suites (see below).

Overflow Accommodations

Our overflow hotel for conference participants is the Eastland Suites, located at 1801 Eastland Drive, just 2.3 miles from the DoubleTree.

To reserve rooms at the discounted rate of $125 + tax, call 309-662-0000 and let the staff know you’re participating in the Housing Action Illinois conference, or make your reservation online using the code 4812.

Requests for Accommodations

Please submit all requests for reasonable accommodations when registering for the conference. We will do our best to meet all requests regardless of when they are submitted, but to ensure that your request can be met, we ask that you let us know by August 26, 2022.

Become a Member

Join our movement to create good, affordable homes for everyone in Illinois.

Our 160+ members include nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations, united by the vision of an Illinois where everyone has a good, stable place to call home.


Public Health Guidelines

Housing Action Illinois is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all conference attendees. We will monitor the public health situation and make adjustments to these guidelines as necessary.

2022 Housing Matters Public Health Guidelines

Housing Action Illinois is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all conference attendees. Our decisions and preventive measures will be guided by the requirements and recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as federal and local health authorities. We are working with the DoubleTree by Hilton on implementing preventative measures to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus at the conference.

Preventive measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Participants must attest during registration to being vaccinated per current CDC guidelines or take a negative test within 48 hours of the start of the conference.
  • Enhanced sanitization of meeting and exhibit spaces; hand sanitizing stations throughout the meeting space.
  • We encourage people to wear masks, and will have masks available for participants, but will follow local guidance.

The responsibility for a safe and healthy event environment is shared among Housing Action Illinois, the hotel, and every participant. All conference participants are expected to adhere to and abide by the safety precautions Housing Action Illinois is implementing to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

As conference participant, you should not attend if you:

  • Are experiencing, or within the 5 days prior, have experienced signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by the health care team responsible for your treatment.
  • Believe that you may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 within the past 5 days.

Conference attendees should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to email communications@housingactionil.org if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 within 5 days after the conference. Should any positive cases be reported within the 5-day timeframe, Housing Action Illinois will communicate this information to all registered participants. Any private health or personal data received by Housing Action Illinois will be treated as confidential and stored in a secure database that is only accessible to authorized personnel.

Please note that by checking the box during the online registration process, you agree to adhere to the precautions and policies above and understand that you knowingly and freely assume all risks related to illness and infectious diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19, by attending this event. You understand that refusal to adhere to these policies and abide by these precautions may result in immediate removal from the event and cancellation of the registration, without receiving a refund.

*All policies are subject to change. Should changes be made, a notification will be sent to all registered attendees.

Cancellation Policies

We are currently committed to bringing 2022 Housing Matters in person. However, we will monitor the public health situation and make adjustments as necessary.

Participant Cancellation Policy

All conference cancellations by registrants will incur a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellation requests must be sent to communications@housingactionil.org and received on or prior to Friday, September 30, 2022. After September 30, refunds will be granted only in extenuating circumstances, such as a positive COVID-19 test.

Conference Cancellation or Postponement Policy

If we cancel or postpone the conference due to COVID-19, participants will be given the opportunity to transfer their registration to the rescheduled in-person or virtual 2022 conference, or to transfer registration to our 2023 conference.


Our Sponsors

Our thanks to the generous sponsors who make our conference possible.

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Platinum Sponsor

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Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

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Old National Bank
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Bronze Sponsor

Partner Sponsors

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Self-Help Federal Credit Union
Wintrust Chicago's Bank

Friend Sponsors

Keystone Supporters

Our thanks to the organizations joining us as 35th Anniversary Keystone Supporters.

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360 Youth Services

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County

Chicago Community Loan Fund

Chicago Rehab Network

Community Partners for Affordable Housing

Cornerstone CDC


Dispute Resolution Institute

Dove, Inc.


Illinois Housing Council

Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living

Respond Now

South Suburban Housing Center

Spanish Coalition for Housing

Springfield Housing Authority

Statewide Independent Living Council

Together We Cope

Will County Habitat for Humanity

Woodstock Institute

ZION Development