Due to an extended holiday vacation there may be no Monday Memo next week!

Onboarding into Supportive Housing

This training is being offered as an introduction to the supportive housing sector. Attendees will learn about the fundamental definitions, principals, and best practices of supportive housing operations. This training is targeted to new staff in the sector as well as those who would like a refresher in capacity building. The training will be interactive and provide opportunities to ask questions and discuss any successes and challenges as new staff. 

Thursday, December 12, 2:00p

SHPA Members - FREE
Supportive Housing Residents - FREE
IDHS Supportive housing (Homeless & DMH) Grantees - FREE
Non-Members & Others - $15.00

Training facilitated by:


For more information contact:
Aaron Eldridge Sr. at or
Jennifer Orban at j.orban@shpa-il.iorg 
you may also reach them by calling (217) 321-2476

2019 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
  • Thank you to all who attended the conference last week, materials and photos have been posted on the SHPA website (click here)
  • Evaluation: Please take a few minutes and complete the evaluation. (please look in your spam/junk mail folder)  
News from Springfield:

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. 

101st General Assembly, January - May, 2020:
Senate: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Senate Calendar
House: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - House Calendar
DHS Homeless Services;
  • Monthly Financial Reports were due November 20, if you have not submitted your report please do so right away.
Please do not get put on the stop pay list ! 
  • The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is conducting the annual survey for Grantee and Grantor staff that are directly involved in the IDHS grant making process. The survey contains a series of questions that are designed to determine the quality and effectiveness of communications, training, and technical support for the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) grant making process, as well as determine the future needs for our grantees and grant making staff. Your responses and recommendations are appreciated and will be used to improve our grant making process. We will compare the 2019 survey results to the 2018 survey results to evaluate the effectiveness of changes we have made in our grant making and management process.
    Additionally, we will use the information to evaluate our grant making and management process improvement plan and if needed, make changes. Individual responses will be kept confidential by the IDHS survey team. Only aggregate information will be reported. The survey is anonymous; thus, you are not required to provide any identifying information. The survey includes a section at the end of the survey for respondents that desire to participate in a grant making focus group or speak with IDHS Leadership about our grant making process. If you voluntarily elect to provide your contact information for the aforementioned purpose, it will be kept confidential.
    The survey will be available using the links below commencing November 21, 2019. We estimate that the survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will remain open until December 31, 2019.
    To complete the survey, please follow this link:
    Take survey  
    Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

DHS - Division of Mental Heath Request for Proposal: see below
  • We are pleased to announce that funds have been made available for community mental health support services for new or rehabilitated HUD 811 Permanent Supported Housing units.  The purpose of this notice is to identify mental health service providers who have been developing the HUD 811 PSH units for persons with serious mental illness (SMI) to live independently in the community and who may be eligible for these funds. 
    Scope of Services for Program 220 Housing MI Supported
    The Provider will deliver individualized mental health services and ancillary support services to consumers/tenants who reside in Permanent Supportive Housing units, in accordance with current policies of the DMH Permanent Support Housing Model.  The Provider will assure that the client accessing Permanent Supportive Housing resources has a diagnosed serious mental illness (SMI), meets income eligibility, is enrolled and engaged by the vendor(s) and that services are delivered in accordance with HFS Title 89, Rule 140, Medicaid Payments, Community-Based Mental Health Qualified Providers for Payment. 
    We are seeking applications solely from providers for individualized mental health services and ancillary support services to consumers/tenants in new or rehabilitated Permanent Supportive Housing units/sites that will be up and operational with units filled no later than the last quarter (April – June 2020) of FY 20.
    Please see attached document for program requirements, eligibility criteria, and application process and deadlines.
    This is not a competitive procurement.  Awards will be based on site location, providers’ eligibility, ability to provide required mental health services, qualifying Section 811 units available, and funds availability.
SAVE THE DATE: Community Outreach & Resource Fair
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and our Division of Rehabilitation Services would like to invite you to an afternoon of discussion, collaboration, and insight with Partners of Refugees in Illinois Disability Employment (PRIDE).
Event Details
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Community Outreach and Resource Fair
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sulzer Library
4455 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Illinois e-News Release
Federal/National News Updates:

U.S. Interagency Council on  Homelessness Executive Director resigns under pressure from the Administration. (click here for more details)

HUD Exchange News & Resources:
HUD Awards Over $130 Million to Provide Affordable Housing to People With Disabilities
HUD awarded $131.3 million to 325 local public housing authorities across the country to provide affordable housing.

Illinois awarded 306 Vouchers totaling $2,458,449 (see link below for a list of the Illinois PHA's awarded)

This housing assistance is provided through HUD’s Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program which provides funding to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities particularly those who are:
  • Transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings at serious risk of institutionalization
  • Currently experiencing homelessness
  • Previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project
  • At risk of becoming homeless
See the local impact of this housing assistance.
Register Today: FY 2019 811 PRA Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities NOFA3 Webinar - December 4, 2019 - 2:30 PM EST

On December 4, 2019 from 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST, HUD will present a webinar regarding the FY 2019 Project Rental Assistance of Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities NOFA. This NOFA will provide project-based rental assistance funding to eligible state housing agencies. These funds are available to be used as project-based rental assistance for housing units integrated within multifamily properties that are set-aside for extremely low-income persons with disabilities ages 18-61 who are eligible for community-based long-term care services and supports provided under a State Medicaid Program or other comparable long-term services program.

NOFA Closing Date: February 10, 2020.
The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be posted at a later date.


Registration Information

If interested, you must register for this webinar.
For additional information, view the Section 811 PRA NOFA.


  • National Alliance to End Homelessness: click here
  • US Interagency Council on Homelessness: click here
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition: click here
Partner Updates, Events & More: 


  • Social IMPACT Research Center - The Social IMPACT Research Center with Heartland Alliance is leading a project focused on exploring current discharge and transition planning practices from DCFS and DJJ and how we as a state can better support youth to move towards housing stability post-transition.  The project is funded by SAMHSA and administered by DHS-SUPR. IMPACT’s approach is grounded in youth experience.  IMPACT is using a variety of data collection methods including national policy and practice scan, youth journey mapping, staff surveys and youth individual interviews to inform two different products: The first is a youth-driven electronic toolkit to support youth as they transition to independence. The second is a system map – for both DCFS and DJJ, with overlap- that visualizes system connections that should occur to support youth as they are transition from these institutions. This map will be accompanied by direct policy and practice recommendations.
  • We are hoping to identify with your help youth (18-24) who have recently left DCFS and/or DJJ (in the past two years) to participate in individual interviews to inform this project across the state of IL.
Please reach out to Callie Kaplan ( for any project-related questions

  • No events at this time


  • Heartland Alliance; 

AIDS Foundation of Chicago:
NAMI Illinois; Executive Director
Housing Action Illinois; Advocacy Organizer 
Safer Foundation: Public Policy Analyst


Continuum of Care News:

Want to get more involved with SHPA?
One of the best ways to stay in the know with all things SHPA and permanent supportive housing is to join our standing committees. All committees meet by phone so that members from all over the state are able to join.
Visit our website for committee descriptions:

SHPA Committee Meetings Scheduled:
Legislative Committee - Second Thursday of the Month @ 9:00a
Resident Committee - Fourth Wednesday of the Month @ 4:00p
Governance Committee - Fourth Tuesday of the Month @ 2:00p
Standards & Best Practices Committee - Fourth Monday of the Month @ 11:30a

(schedules subject to change as determined by committee chairs)

For more information on how to participate please contact SHPA staff at
(217) 321-2476
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