Join Our AmeriCorps Network
National Service with Housing Action Illinois
Housing Action Illinois manages a network of up to 30 full-year AmeriCorps Members and 30+ AmeriCorps Summer Associates placed with our member organizations around the state. These individuals are part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program, a national service program designed specifically to end poverty. Our AmeriCorps Members and Summer Associates fill a wide variety of roles, but all are aimed at helping our communities thrive. We’re very proud of what our current and past AmeriCorps Members have accomplished.
Apply Today to Serve as an AmeriCorps Member in Our Network
We are not currently accepting applications to serve as a full-year AmeriCorps Members or Summer Associate. We will start formally accepting applications in March 2021 for positions that will start in June, July, and August. Eager applicants may reach out to our national service team to submit resumes and cover letters for our review and consideration for the program in general before March 2021.
Full Year Positions
See individual listings for start dates and application deadlines.
The AmeriCorps VISTA Program is a national service program designed specifically to end poverty, and our full-year AmeriCorps Members commit to serve communities across Illinois full-time for a year. They fill a wide variety of roles, but all are aimed at ending poverty and helping communities by expanding and improving the availability of decent, affordable, accessible housing in Illinois.
Full-Year vs. Summer
Learn the differences between hosting a Full-Year versus Summer AmeriCorps Member and discover the which will be a better fit for your organization in our Breaking Down the Diffrences infosheet
Full-Year Host Sites (2019 – 2020)
All Chicago • Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County • Center For Changing Lives • Center for Disability & Elder Law • Chicago Rehab Network • City of Evanston • DuPage Habitat for Humanity • Facing Forward • Hesed House • H.O.M.E. • Housing Action Illinois • Housing Forward • Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living • Lake County Coalition for the Homeless • Latin United Community Housing Association • Northwest Side Housing Center • NW HomeStart • South Side Community Center • Spanish Coalition for Housing • The NeighborProject
Summer Sites (2019)
All Chicago • Archi-Treasures • Centro Romero • DuPage Habitat for Humanity • Hesed House • South Side Community Center • Spanish Coalition for Housing • City of Rockford • Latin United Community Housing Association • Mid Central Community Action Agency
Learn about Our Network!
Want to hear from others who have hosted an AmeriCorps Member? Check out AmeriCorps Member supervisor testimonials here.
When college students break for the summer, many find a temporary job or internship to build professional experience. For the second year in a row, Paige Pielet chose to spend her summer as an AmeriCorps VISTA. “I was a VISTA last summer and really enjoyed...
Leah Demarest and Rachel Schwartz are AmeriCorps VISTAs at John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic and Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, respectively. April 2018 marks 50 years since the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act. In...
From recent college graduates to retirees, social workers to construction workers, the members of Housing Action Illinois' diverse AmeriCorps VISTA Network are united under one goal: to end poverty by expanding access to affordable housing. “While the...
Back to main blog page » Each year, every Continuum of Care must conduct a Point-in-Time (PIT) count of people experiencing homelessness in their service area. Volunteers spend one night in January walking around and recording the number of people without...
Back to main blog page » Stephanie Tena is an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator at Heartland Alliance. The holiday season ignites a sense of reflection, graciousness, and a call to give back to others. One of the ways to channel this altruism is to...
The seasons are changing almost as fast as our VISTA network! We're excited to welcome 26 new VISTAs as they start a year of service increasing the capacity of our member organizations to educate the public and community stakeholders on housing issues and...