Public Education & Organizing

Our members make us powerful.

We build awareness and activate change by sharing information and real-life stories with policymakers, nonprofit service providers, and the media. We keep our members and allies informed about the latest developments in housing policy, organize issue-specific working groups, meet with legislators, take the pulse of communities during our outreach caravan, and host an annual Housing Matters Conference where advocates and practitioners share their knowledge and expertise.

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Our Priority Issues

Housing Action Illinois works to educate and organize 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. Our primary issues include:

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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Annual Conference

During our annual conference, we build the expertise, experience, and capacity to make our communities better.



We visit with members, host regional gatherings, and take the pulse of housing issues in rural, suburban, and urban Illinois.


Housing Action Illinois publishes research and analysis on issues related to affordable housing, as well as educational materials.

Latest News

Announcing the Release of CMS Guide 3.0

Announcing the Release of CMS Guide 3.0

Housing Action Illinois is pleased to announce the release of the latest edition of our Guide to HUD-Approved CMSs (version 3.0), which profiles HUD-approved Client Management Systems (CMSs) for housing counseling agencies. This digital resource is available for free...

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What Tomorrow Looks Like for PADS Lake County

What Tomorrow Looks Like for PADS Lake County

PADS Lake County, the primary emergency shelter serving Lake County, has been providing critical services for 50 years to people experiencing homelessness. The agency started simply as a hotline and has grown to offer a variety of programs with shelter being their...

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