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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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:

2020 Census Outreach

Housing Action is joining other groups in our state to ensure that Hard-to-Count communities are included. Our focus is on Suburban Cook County, and we are working alongside many allies on a robust, non-partisan Get Out the Count initiative that focuses on racial and ethnic minority populations, renters, people experiencing homelessness, and low-income populations. Together, we can ensure that our community receives the resources it needs.

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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.

Latest News

RTLO Week of Action

We need your help to pass protections for 245,000+ renter households in Cook County living in communities without a comprehensive landlord-tenant ordinance. For thirty years, renters living in Chicago, Evanston, and Mount Prospect have benefited from municipal...

Tell Your Legislators to Act During Veto Session

During the Illinois veto session, our legislators will have the chance to pass protections for renters on the brink of losing their homes. The pandemic has only exacerbated our longstanding eviction crisis, as COVID-19 has caused unprecedented economic instability for...