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"What's to Come in 2021"
SHPA LAUNCHES AN INTERACTION SUPPORTIVE HOUSING MAP
SHPA, throughout the years has noticed that there was not one central location to find all supportive housing programs in Illinois. Individual agencies such as HUD, IHDA, DHS, and others maintained lists and even maps yet they only consisted of projects that they financially supported. Over the course of the past year SHPA embarked on a project to bring all of this information together in one location. The map & link above is the culmunation of that work. Yet we have to admit that the housing landscape changes daily and that it is not a full list, it is as close as we were able to get. We will continue to udpate the information as we gather more information and things change.
Ways to use this map;
Looking for Supportive Housing in a specific community
Looking for Supportive Housing in a specific region
Looking for Supportive Housing in a State or Federal Legislative and/or Congressional District
Looking for Supportive Housing in a Continua of Care
There are many ways to use this map. Click on the map above to be taken to the SHPA website and click on Supportive Housing Map and follow the tutorial on how to use it.
We want to thank the University of Illinois-Springfield, Georgraphic Information Systems Laboratory for thier design and ongoing platform support.
Are you looking to join a Dynamic and Committed Team?
The Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) is currently accepting resumes to fill the position of Illinois Coordinator, Central & Southern Region of Illinois.
The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas, supportive housing operations, the delivery of services to individuals experiencing homelessness and/or chronic disaibilities, providing training and technical assistance, working with the Continua of Care, and a passion for the development of Resident Leadership & Empowerment.
This position is grant based and responsible for deliverables such as providing training and technical assistance on topics such as service reporting, data collection and the use of evidence-based practices of supportive housing operations and service delivery in supportive housing.
Illinois Coordinators are resonsible for maintaining relationships with association members of their respective regions, member recruitment, collaborating with fellow staff on asssociation initiatives and advocacy campaigns, and other duties as assigned.
For more information you may contact David Esposito, Executive Director at (217) 321-2476 x2. Resumes may be submitted to same at d.esposito!shpa-il.org.
SHPA ADVOCACY CORNER
SHPA requests its members and supporters join us in advocacy to preserve and protect Supportive Housing line items in the state budget.
It is very important that we lift up the amazing work SHPA’s members have been doing in their communities, the impact of COVID-19 in their work and on those they serve, and the need for funding stability from the state during this pandemic- specifically and beyond. SHPA’s members serve Illinoisans who are very vulnerable to COVID-19. SHPA’s members work has literally saved lives and lessened the spread on COVID-19.
Particularly with the general election defeat of the graduated income tax proposal, Illinois lawmakers are facing enormous pressure to reconcile the state’s FY 2021 budget deficit – estimated at $5 billion or more – through deep spending cuts, revenue increases, borrowing, or some combination. So, while we will continue to advocate for the preservation of FY 2021 funding necessary for supportive housing services, it will serve us well to be mindful of the enormous pressures confronting lawmakers grappling with the state’s crushing fiscal reality as they convene for the FY2022 State Budget Session.
You can help protect supportive housing this winter by doing 3 things:
Send a Letter to your Illinois Lawmakers about Supportive Housing in your Community
Homelessness is an ongoing crisis in Illinois, exacerbated by COVID-19. The response to homelessness in Illinois is very complex, under resourced, and fragmented. Now, is a pivotal time. An end to homelessness requires collaboration around a shared vision. Housing is the solution to homelessness. Services are critical to housing stability. Leadership is needed to establish this vision. An Interagency Council on Ending Homelessnessis needed to finally end homelessness in Illinois.
SHPA TRAINING CENTER
Introduction to the Dimensions of Quality Series
Join us for a webinar on Jan 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM CST.
This is the first in a series of webinars on the Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing, and future sessions will dive deeper into individual Dimensions identified by the audience.
Join this webinar to learn about the Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing, a research based set of standards and best practices in supportive housing. The focus of this webinar will be to provide an overview of each Dimension of Quality, and offer steps on how to integrate these practices within your supportive housing projects.
Member/IDHS Grantee: FREE (Please use the appropriate discount code: Member or Grantee)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
ILLNOIS CAPITOL AFFAIRS
2021 Lame Duck Session
There is alot happening during the lame duck session this week with a number of bills being proposed by the Black Caucus and others to which SHPA has not taken an official position yet encourages our members to review the details and make thier own determination to support or not. The one exception is SB3066, HA 4, to which SHPA completely supports and encourages our member organizations to support as well.
COVID-19 Emergency Housing Act (SB3066, HA 4) - this bill addresses the housing crisis caused by the pandemic for both renters and homeowners. This bill would extend the statewide eviction moratorium for renters through September 21, preventing eviction filings, and extend the sealing of eviction records for those tenants who attempted to pay in good faith. Also temporarily halting foreclosure proceedings for homeowners and small landlords through September 21. (see attached summary)
SB3493 State Health Assessment/State Health Improvement Plan Partnership (SHIP) - updates the current SHIP statute to be more streamlined and consistant with public health approaches and standards. (see attached summary)
HB5548, HA1; SB3840 SFA#1 - Health Care Bill altough SHPA has not taken an official postion on this bill we believe that there are many good provisions that focus on health equity and community engagement while creating efficiencies and alignments between SHIP and the public health standards. addition provisions are Good Samaritan protections, Community Health Worker trainings and certification requirements, implicit bias training, an Perinatal Doula and Evidence-Based Home Visiting. (see attached summary)
HB3879/SB3229 - Prevent Overdose Death with stronger Good Same law; - provides protections to individuals who call 911 during an overdose from; (see attached summary)
charges of possession or intent to deliver controlled substances
paraphanalia possesion, battery, or drug-induced homicide
violation of parole/probation or DCFS investigation based solely on evidence of violations protected under the Good Sam Law.
Thank you to the Illinois Public Heath Institute for the summary of these bills.
Mike Thomson, Michael Weir, and Aaron Chambers of ThomsonWeir, LLC have since 2012 provided SHPA with government affairs and strategic communications services. They advocate for our interests and regularly share important information for our members.
IDHS Homeless services Supportive Housing Programs FY21 Grantees, the 2nd quarter has come to a close your 2nd Quarter Service and Financial Reports are due by the close of business on January 20, 2021. Please be sure to get your reports in on time. If you are having issues with report submission, capacity or grant utilization please be sure to contact your IDHS program manager or us here at SHPA for assistance.
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is pleased to announce that various types of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be distributed to community organizations throughout the State. - click here for more info
To All Long Term Care (LTC) providers – The Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE) portal is once again available. For LTC providers that submitted an application via fax - if you believe the fax submittal was unsuccessful or did not receive a confirmation, you should resubmit the application again using the ABE portal. Paper applications will no longer be accepted from the LTC provider via fax now that the ABE portal is available.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new Provider Notice regarding Additional Guidance on Billing Developmental Training Services in Day Programs during COVID-19 Pandemic. You may view the new notice from the following link:
SSI for children can provide critical support to families who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. Establishing a child’s eligibility for SSI benefits requires engagement with various child serving systems such as education, behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice. Building relationships with these systems and engaging the entire family in the process is critical to submitting a successful SOAR-assisted child SSI application.
On this webinar, you will hear from seasoned SOAR providers who are having great success building relationships with families and professionals from child serving systems in their communities. You will learn how to collaborate with medical providers to effectively document the child’s disability. Presenters will share their strategies on how to engage families and children using trauma informed principles and promoting racial equity.
We will also share new SOAR TA Center tools and resources for using the SOAR model with SSI for children.
Jon Katherine Martins, SOAR Practitioner/Local Lead, Emma Norton Services, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Martha Mesazaros, MPA, Assistant Administrator/SOAR Navigator, Lotus House Psychiatric Services, Citrus Health Network, Inc., Hialeah, Florida
Melissa Mays, Family Navigator, Flint Water Family Supports, Genesee Health System, Flint, Michigan
Are you exploring capital expansion for your health center? Are you working with community partners to address housing needs? Join our Learning Collaborative for Capital Expansion for Health and Housing Partnerships to understand how to leverage your capital project to meet broader community housing needs. CSH, a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) national technical assistance provider, is launching a new learning series for health centers interested in expanding their health services in collaboration with housing partners to strengthen health centers’ engagement in Social Determinants of Health and advance efforts to build a community's safety net infrastructure.
Join our January 14, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST Introductory Webinar to learn more.
The Supportive Housing Training Center is excited to announce the launch of our new Training Center Platform! To celebrate our launch, we are offering a discount of 15% off on all trainings and training packages purchases in the month of January.
Use the code jan2021 to receive your 15% off discount.