Making a Difference: AmeriCorps VISTA

Housing Action Illinois manages a network of 30 full-year AmeriCorps VISTA Members and 30+ Summer Associate VISTAs placed with our member organizations around the state. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to end poverty. Our VISTAs fill a wide variety of roles, but all are aimed at helping our communities thrive. We’re very proud of what out current and past VISTAs have accomplished.

Building the Next Generation of Change Agents

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...

Gathering Data to End Homelessness

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...

A Holiday of Giving at Heartland Alliance

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...

Fall Into Our VISTA Network!

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...

VISTA to VISTA: Navigating Your Service Year with Abby & Cameron

Back to main blog page »   VISTA to VISTA is a recurring feature where our VISTAs interview each other about their perspectives, experiences, and challenges. Abby Ratner and Cameron Kritikos have the unique experience of serving together as AmeriCorps...

9/11: A Day of Service and Remembrance

Back to main blog page » Since September 11, 2001, millions of Americans have come together with a common purpose to honor 9/11 and commemorate the tragedy through a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Each year, AmeriCorps VISTA members support this...

Host a VISTA

Become a VISTA

Full-Year vs. Summer

Full-Year Host Sites (2018 – 2019)

All Chicago • Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook CountyCenter For Changing Lives • Center for Disability & Elder Law • Chicago Coalition for the HomelessChicago Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law Chicago Rehab Network City of EvanstonDuPage Habitat for HumanityGarfield Park Community CouncilHabitat for Humanity of Champaign County • HomeStart • Heartland HousingHesed HouseHolsten Human Capital Development • Housing Action Illinois • Housing Forward • John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal ClinicLake County Coalition for the Homeless • Latin United Community Housing AssociationLawyers’ Committee For Better Housing Mid Central Community Action • Northwest Side Housing Center • South Suburban PADS • Spanish Coalition for Housing • ZION Development

Summer Sites (2018)

All Chicago • Archi-Treasures • Catholic Charities (DuPage County) • Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet (Will County) • Chicago Jobs Council • DuPage Habitat for Humanity • Embarras River Basin Agency • Ford Heights Community Services Organization • Hesed House • Inspiration Corporation • Mercy Housing Lakefront • Peoria Housing Authority • Respond Now