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.

Host a VISTA

We are now accepting host site applications for both full-year and summer positions. To host a VISTA through our network, you must be a member of Housing Action Illinois. For questions, or to get an application, please email our VISTA Leaders.

The deadline to apply is December 20, 2019.

 To learn more about the process of applying for and hosting a VISTA, join us for a webinar on November 20.

Want to hear from others who have hosted a VISTA? Check out AmeriCorps VISTA supervisor testimonials here.

Gathering Data to End Homelessness

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

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!

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

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

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...

A Passion to End Homelessness

A Passion to End Homelessness

Back to main blog page » Republished from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless blog. Veronica Cullinan-Burnison is an AmeriCorps VISTA Organizer for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). I am no stranger to the issues that many of the people we work...