Heartland Alliance works in partnership with other service providers, participants, and advocates to identify effective solutions and to achieve meaningful change. The following coalitions and networks include those where Heartland is providing unique leadership and guidance.
Chicago Rehab Network
The Chicago Rehab Network (CRN) is a citywide coalition of neighborhood and community based development organizations. Founded in 1977 by community groups seeking to pool expertise and share information, the coalition membership consists of over 40 housing organizations representing over 60 city neighborhoods. Over the years CRN’s members have created tens of thousands of affordable housing units and made a visible impact on some of Chicago’s most disinvested communities, while preserving affordable housing in some of its most rapidly gentrifying ones.
The From Poverty to Opportunity Campaign: Realizing Human Rights in Illinois is a grassroots initiative to build both the public and political will and create substantive, measurable policies to make freedom from poverty a reality in Illinois. With hundreds of individuals, organizations, faith communities, and establishment of the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty and is working towards the goal of cutting extreme poverty by half by 2015.
IABG is a diverse statewide coalition committed to increasing access to the tools people need to build financially secure futures for themselves and their children. Our policy agenda has expanded to include work on the creation of a statewide Children’s Savings Account program, retirement savings accounts for all Illinois workers, protections from predatory financial products, and access to quality banking products tailored to meet the needs of lower-income individuals. Our work across these issue areas includes examining barriers and solutions to the growing racial wealth gap. IABG is led by Heartland Alliance.
Illinois Food and Nutrition Advocacy Partnership
The Illinois Food and Nutrition Advocacy Partnership (IFNAP) is a coalition focusing on issues of food, nutrition, and hunger and to increase policy makers' and government agencies' awareness of the plight of low-income and vulnerable persons who struggle daily with issues related to health, hunger, and nutrition.
Illinois Housing Council
The Illinois Housing Council was created to promote the stabilization of communities through the production and preservation of affordable housing. IHC advances its mission through education, information and constructive relationships with state, local and federal officials.
Illinois Partners for Human Service
Make Work Pay Coalition
The Make Work Pay Coalition includes organizations committed to making work pay and enduring tax fairness for working families in Illinois. Current efforts are focused on expanding the level of the state Earned Income Tax Credit.
Midwest Coalition on Human Rights
The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights is a network of 44 advocacy organizations, service providers, and university-based human rights centers collaborating to promote and protect human rights in the Midwest region, in the U.S., and internationally. Working together we provide broader visibility for urgent human rights issues in the Heartland and project a strong Midwest advocacy voice in the national and international human rights debate.
The Monsignor John Egan Campaign for Payday Loan Reform convenes organizations working to create fair, equitable protections for consumers against the predatory practices of small dollar, short-term "payday" lenders. The most recent efforts focus on closing the loophole in the Payday Loan Reform Act that allowed lenders to evade necessary protections for consumers.
Heartland Alliance coordinates the National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN), a coalition of Transitional Jobs (TJ) programs, policy organizations, and other employment field leaders. TJ is a workforce strategy designed to overcome employment obstacles by using time-limited, wage-paying jobs and combining real work, skill development, and supportive services to transition participants successfully into the labor market. To date, TJ programs exist in over 30 states and are an effective stepping stone to successful labor market entry for individuals with employment barriers.
Regional Roundtable on Homelessness
The Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty coordinates the Regional Roundtable on Homelessness (Regional Roundtable), a forum working to improve strategies for understanding and addressing homelessness throughout northeastern Illinois. Within this forum, leaders of each of the eight homeless Continuum of Care in the six-county Chicago region share the challenges of assessing and planning for the needs of people who are homeless within their communities. Specifically, the Regional Roundtable discusses best practices, funding opportunities, strategies, and undertakes projects to improve the Continuum of Care process within each jurisdiction and across the region
The Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) is a statewide association of non-profit organizations who provide supportive housing - affordable housing, enriched with supportive services - to individuals and families who are homeless and/or have special needs, such as mental illness, substance abuse issues, or other chronic illness, such as HIV/AIDS. SHPA's goal is to change policy so that financing and service streams are integrated and so that more resources are available for this cost-effective, lasting solution to homelessness.