About Us

The Heartland Alliance Policy & Advocacy team advocates for policies that help end poverty.

Grounded in 130 years working to advance social justice, Heartland Alliance informs public policy decisions and advances solutions to improve opportunities and quality of life for people experiencing inequity, living in poverty, and facing danger. Through the study of emerging problems and longstanding barriers, evaluation of promising solutions, policy development, and advocacy that leverages lessons learned, Heartland Alliance’s policy work is advancing meaningful policy and systems change to create a more just global society.

Heartland Alliance’s Policy & Advocacy team advocates for policies that address inequity and end poverty. They lead by developing policy proposals, building strategic alliances, and pursuing legislative and budgetary action. Their work is advancing meaningful policy and systems change to strengthen communities and create a more just global society.

Our Issues

Heartland Alliance Policy & Advocacy is a leading advocacy voice in:

Financial Equity: a leader in the national asset building movement on behalf of low-income consumers and coordinator of the statewide Illinois Asset Building Group (IABG).

Employment & Economic Security: an advocate for the human right to work through minimum wage increases, workers’ rights, contextualized workforce development and adult education programs.

Justice: a leader on issues of criminal justice reentry, due process, and basic human rights for everyone.

Health Care: an advocate for an improved health system that ensures increased access and improved health outcomes for all.

Housing: an advocate for the human right to housing and for systemic change to prevent homelessness and expand affordable and supportive housing options for those in need.

Human Services and Safety Net: an advocate for a strong safety net of programs and services that affirm human dignity and support to people in achieving maximum independence.


Click here to learn more about our 2018 policy priorities.