Policy Advocacy

Many voices are stronger than one.

We mobilize our members and allies to advocate for policies that help end homelessness, create affordable rental housing, promote sustainable homeownership, and affirmatively further fair housing. We work to increase federal, state, and local investments in proven housing programs, as well as to develop new and innovative policy solutions. On our own and through coalition work, we have been able to secure a multitude of policy victories in Springfield and Washington, D.C., that benefit renters and homeowners.

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2022 General Assembly Wrap-Up

In this condensed General Assembly session, which ended on April 8, Housing Action Illinois and our partners had three significant victories that further our mission.

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2022 Policy Agenda

Learn about our priorities for the 2022 Illinois General Assembly session, as well as local and federal level work—measures we believe will help families and communities in Illinois thrive.

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Our Priority Issues

Housing Action Illinois works to advocate and mobilize around a broad range of issues aligned with our core mission of creating an Illinois where everyone has a good, affordable place to call home. Some of our primary issues are explored at the links below.

Louder Together: Multi-Sector Partnerships

To truly change our affordable housing ecosystem for the better, we need to bring together not just housing advocates but also people, organizations, and interest groups from beyond the housing field. This is why Housing Action Illinois has joined the national Opportunity Starts at Home campaign, a project of our allies at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and why we are working with advocates in pediatric health care, refugee resettlement, and the disability rights sector to raise up affordable housing as an issue that matters to all of us.

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Latest Policy & Organizing News

Speak Up to Expand Eviction Sealing

Speak Up to Expand Eviction Sealing

Having an eviction filing on your record hampers your ability to find a home, regardless of the outcome of the case. Illinois eviction filings remain in the public record indefinitely, trapping people and families in poverty. Based on pre-pandemic data, more than 50%...

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Sign On Now: Urge $51 Million for Emergency Shelters in IL

Sign On Now: Urge $51 Million for Emergency Shelters in IL

Help us reach 200 signing organizations! Housing Action and our allies are urging Governor Pritzker to include a $51 million increase for the Emergency and Transitional Housing (ETH) Program in his upcoming budget proposal. The ETH Program has long been underfunded,...

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Last Chance: Speak Up on Federal CRA Rule Changes

Last Chance: Speak Up on Federal CRA Rule Changes

We need to ensure real financial inclusion for all communities in the federal CRA. The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), passed in 1977 in response to redlining, creates a continuing and affirmative responsibility for banks to make loans and investments in the...

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