What's on our 2019 policy agenda? Each year, Housing Action Illinois works on a broad range of issues aligned with our core mission of creating an Illinois where everyone has a good, affordable place to call home.

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February 2019 Newsletter: Policy Focus | Annual Benefit | Government Shutdown | Housing Counselor Dispatch | Social Enterprises | FHLB of Chicago Council | What We're Sharing | Learning & Networking | Jobs


Our 2019 Policy Agenda

Each year, Housing Action Illinois works on a broad range of issues aligned with our core mission of creating an Illinois where everyone has a good, affordable place to call home. This agenda outlines priorities for the 2019 Illinois General Assembly session, as well as local and federal level work—measures that we believe will help families and communities across Illinois thrive.


Get Tickets to Our Annual Toast to Housing Justice

There are lots of ways to stand up for housing justice. This March, you can make a difference by enjoying pizza and beer with us! We're excited to have a very large selection of silent auction and raffle items this year. A few highlights include:

  • Tickets to see the White Sox, Joffrey Ballet, Medieval Times, Music of the Baroque, The iO Theater
  • Gift certificates to eat at Little Goat Diner, Lou Malnati's, Lady Gregory's, Magnolia Bakery
  • Passes for the Morton Arboretum, Lillstreet Art Center, Latin Street Music and Dancing, CorePower Yoga, Chicago Athletic Clubs
Annual Benefit

We Can't Afford Another Shutdown

As the expiration deadline for the short-term funding bill approaches, Housing Action Illinois is urging legislators to avoid another government shutdown and to maximize full year funding for affordable housing and community development programs. 

Join Housing Action Illinois, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and our allies for a Tweet Storm today at 2:00 pm CST to urge Congress to #FullyFundHousing. 

Annual Benefit

Congratulations to Wanda for Passing the HUD Exam

Wanda Collins, the creator of our Online Study Group for housing counselors, recently passed the HUD certification exam. The test can be intimidating, but Wanda says that smart preparation and pacing are all you need to succeed.

"Rather than cramming all six subjects into one study session," she explained, "review one subject a day, paying special attention to the client/counselor dialogue within the modules. If you need to create your own study resources such as flash cards or notes, use what works for you." The next series of our Online Study Group will be held in April. 


How are Illinois Housing Organizations taking on Social Enterprise? 

A social enterprise is a publicly responsible and innovative venture, driven by unmet community needs, that exists as a hybrid of the traditional nonprofit and business models. We took a look at how four Illinois-based social enterprises support the work of nonprofit organizations in housing, community development, and educational initiatives.  

Bright Endeavors, a social enterprise by New Moms, employs young moms to create soy candles


Executive Director Appointed to FHLB of Chicago Council

We are proud to share that our Executive Director, Sharon Legenza, has recently been appointmented to the Community Investment Advisory Council by FHLB of Chicago's Board of Directors. The council consists of representatives from community and nonprofit organizations who provide FHLB of Chicago with quarterly advice on carrying out its housing finance and community investment mission. Housing Action Illinois Board member Jackie Newman is the incoming Community Investment Advisory Council Chair. 


What We're Sharing

Our Policy Director, Bob Palmer, spoke to Molly Parker at The Southern Illinoisan for this article: "New Illinois rules aim to help prevent childhood lead poisoning. But will there be money to implement them?"

Our Executive Director, Sharon Legenza, authored an op-ed for The Progressive that was also picked up by a variety of outlets across the nation: "Let's Achieve MLK's Fair Housing Dream"

Two national affordable housing policy recommendations were recently released: "Within Reach," a report by the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign, and a memo to incoming U.S. Senators & Representatives by the National Low Income Housing Coalition about concrete steps they can take to address the lack of decent and affordable housing.

The Chicago Furniture Bank serves people moving into supportive housing by providing free furniture. To become a Chicago Furniture Bank nonprofit partner, fill out their inquiry form here.


Learning & Networking

See full Housing Action Illinois trainings calendar or general events calendar. Have something coming up that we should list? Let us know! 

2019 Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing on 2/26 - 27 (Chicago): Register

 Counseling Clients with Student Loan Debt 3/6 (Online): Register

Annual Toast to Housing Justice 3/26 (Chicago): Register

Developing Effective Program Manager Skills Training on 4/22 - 4/26 (Springfield): Register

Migration and Housing: A Century of Color Lines 5/4 (Chicago): Register


Who's Hiring

All Chicago, Communications Manager & Grants Manager

Beyond Housing, Events and Volunteer Coordinator & Assistant Maintenance Superintendent 

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Resource Development Manager

CAFHA, Housing Justice Organizer

Deborah's Place, Safe Haven Residential Staff, CBS Case Manager, & Desk Clerk Substitute

DOVE Inc., Domestic Violence Program Specialist

Forefront, Manager, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships & Communications Coordinator

Habitat for Humanity Chicago, ReStore Director & Construction Manager

Heartland Alliance, Director of Policy

Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, Director of Community and Economic Development

Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, Housing Litigation Attorney 

MacArthur Foundation, People and Culture Coordinator

Roosevelt University, Fair Testing Housing Coordinator

The Resurrection Project, Coordinator

Shriver Center, Director of Economic Justice

Spanish Coalition for Housing, Housing Counselor, Rental Counselor, & Grants and Development Associate

St. Leonard's Ministries, Various Positions

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