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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2023 Policy Agenda

Learn about our priorities for the 2023 Illinois General Assembly session, as well as local level work—measures we believe will help families and communities in Illinois thrive.

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Applauding IL's Historic Investment to End Homelessness

Governor JB Pritzker’s fiscal year 2024 budget proposal invests $350 million in state and federal funding to prevent and end homelessness.

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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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Dig into our publications, which share research and analysis on issues related to affordable housing.

Latest Policy & Organizing News

Sign On Now: Center Race in the IL CRA

Sign On Now: Center Race in the IL CRA

We have a rare opportunity to shape a critical new oversight system in Illinois. Right now, rules are being made that will determine how strong of a tool the Illinois Community Reinvestment Act (IL CRA) will be for building a fair, inclusive system of lending and...

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