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SHPA is preparing our annual advocacy efforts regarding the FY22 State Budget for Supportive Housing services. We need your help understanding the immediate needs of and for supportive housing, the impact of COVID-19 on your supportive housing programs, and how the on-going increase of the minimum wage may impact your budget needs.  Please, complete our brief provider survey to guide our advocacy efforts for Supportive Housing Service funding needs.  This survey should take no more than 15 minutes.

It is very important that we confidently express the needs of supportive housing.  Funding is precarious this year due to the great impact of COVID-19.  SHPA and its members will need to be on the front lines of advocacy this budget season to protect and preserve these critical financial resources for your agencies, communities, and residents.

Please, complete this survey as soon as possible but no later than 3/5/2021. 

If you have any questions, or have additional information you’d like to share, please reach out to Merridith Montgomery, 
Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, at 

Working together, we can accomplish anything!
Provider Survey
IHDA Rent & Mortgage Assistance Program
2020 Report / 2021 Plan
IHDA releases 2020 Emergencty Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program Report

2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program
The State of Illinois is working to launch a new emergency rental assistance program this Spring to provide funds to eligible households impacted by COVID-19. The program is in development and we encourage you to check back for future updates. In the interim, you may find additional information from the U.S. Treasury here.

What is the Just Housing Amendment?

On April 25, 2019, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an amendment (Ord. No. 19-2394) to § 42-38 of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance (“Ordinance”) to

  1. Prohibit housing discrimination based on an individual’s covered criminal history; and
  2. Require landlords to perform an individualized assessment of an otherwise qualified individual’s criminal conviction history prior to denying them and application for housing.

Below are frequently asked questions for applicants and the general public to help navigate the Just Housing Amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance. PDFs of this FAQ and a FAQ for landlords, sample language for notices to applicants, definitions, and an outline of the processes and individualized assessment tool are available to download here:

Uptown People's Law Center (UPLC) has a legal fellow named Charlie Isaacs who is focused on assisting renters under Cook County's new Just Housing Amendment (JHA). This law took effect last year and protects renters with prior justice involvement from housing discrimination. It specifically prohibits outright housing denials based on convictions unless the provider can show through an individualized assessment that an applicant's recent conviction genuinely creates a threat to safety in the building. 
Charlie is committed to not only representing renters who experience JHA violations but also training others on how the law works, how to use it, and how to follow it. If you have any questions for Charlie, please email him at

Keep Watching the SHPA Training Center & Advocacy Corner for more information regarding trainings and efforts to expand the Just Housing Amendment statewide. 
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Advocacy 101: Advocacy is Active
Join us for a webinar on Mar 11, 2021 at 1:00 PM CST.


Advocacy is active! In this introduction session, SHPA's team will present what is advocacy, why it is important, SHPA's advocacy philosophy, and how to get involved including tools and strategies to help you become a change agent through advocacy.

Registrations Fees:
SHPA Members please use discount code "member" to attend for free!

All others: $30

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Sponsored by:


This training will focus on the evolution of the supportive housing sector and how the industry will and can respond to the changing times and evolving realities we face. The training is geared towards direct service staff as well as executive staff, COC Leadership, and those dedicated to policy change in our communities.
Join us Thursday, March 18 - 1:00p


Registrations Fees:
SHPA Members please use discount code "member" to attend for free!

All others: $30

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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   Sponsored by:
  • Register Today: Moving On Webinar Series – Spring 2021
    • The webinar series is intended primarily for CoCs, PSH providers, HOPWA providers, and Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), but some sessions will also be relevant to other housing resource holders (such as HUD Multifamily operators, affordable housing owners/operators, etc.), local funders, and other community partners.

2021 Legislative Session


Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation Transforming Illinois' Criminal Justice System

This landmark legislation ends pretrial dentention systems that benefits the wealthy, expands training and wellness programs for law enforcement, modernizes sentencing laws and prioritizes treatment and rehabilitation for low-level drug crimes. 

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.  
Illinois e-News Release:
Message from the Secretary
Dear Partners,
It continues to be a hopeful time as Illinois deploys vaccinations across the state as vaccine supplies ramps up. As you may have heard, IDHS has tried to play a part in supplementing and supporting vaccination efforts in Illinois. In this regard, I wanted to share with the details of my recent visit to one of our community providers, Trinity Services, who stepped up in dramatic ways to be a partner to us and so many others.
On a cold Wednesday morning in February, I was greeted by Art Dykstra in the parking lot. Behind our masks were huge smiles as we had not seen each other in person for almost nine years; we bumped elbows as we made our way into the building. Art is the former executive director of Trinity Services; and his legacy of leadership, grace, and generosity has been firmly implanted in the organization’s DNA. He came to meet me for my visit to Trinity’s new apartment complex that will soon open to be the home for people with disabilities. The opening was delayed, because Trinity Services, now led by Thane Dykstra, offered its space, staff, capacity, and resources to help IDHS offer two vaccine clinics for its peer organizations. There were other players that made this happen – Kodiak Pharmacy and the Saint Francis University Nursing program. Together, these vaccine clinics included 22 organizations across the region reaching over 500 CILA residents and staff.
I was able to witness this amazing partnership in action. When CILA residents and staff pulled up in their vans, they were greeted, and administrators ensured that their paperwork was in order. Once this was completed, they parked and entered the building. They were escorted to an apartment unit where they waited for their shots. Some nursing students were drawing vaccine from the vials into the syringes on the main floor, and other students were administering them in the different apartment units. Once the shots were completed, the residents and staff exited the side door to ensure that there was no unnecessary interaction with other people.
At the end of the day, there were excess doses due to last minute cancellations and more doses per vial than anticipated. The IDHS leads, Carolyn Cochran Kopel and Dana Kelly, with Thane called their back up lists of 1A and 1B people to come get their shot. Amongst those that were able to appear were two individuals over 80 years old. At the end of the day, I am proud to share that not one shot was wasted.
I can’t do justice in words what I was able to witness. My heart was bursting with pride and joy to see the generosity of the human spirit. Partnership is a word too easily used. In this instance, we see the gold standard for this word. Those 500 people would not have received their COVID-19 shot if it were not for every organization who contributed their part. Further, we saw good and tenacious government in action through the leadership of our team. Their relentlessness and ingenuity in pursuit of a solution is a shining example of why government matters.
IDHS values and cares deeply for the people of Illinois, for its providers, and those we and they serve. We were glad to have leveraged our capacity to vaccinate our own staff and residents and patients in our facilities and hospitals to expand beyond our own walls. As you can see, we can’t do that alone.
In the coming weeks, IDHS will continue to expand its vaccination capacity to reach those we support who have the highest barriers to vaccination access and the highest risk to infection.
As always, thank you for your work. I hope that you have been able to celebrate Black History Month in some way throughout your organization. We, at IDHS, has used this as a time to recognize the great accomplishments of Black and African American leaders and to wrestle with the work at hand as we strive toward racial justice.
Continue to be well and take good care.
Grace B. Hou,
Secretary, IDHS

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new Provider Notice regarding HFS CARES Program Reporting Template Available. You may view the new Notice from the following pages:
Additional Updates:

US Interagency Council on Homelessness

HUD Exchange 

  • FY 2020 System Performance Measures Report – Due Today, March 1, 2021
  • Register Today: Moving On Webinar Series – Spring 2021
    • The webinar series is intended primarily for CoCs, PSH providers, HOPWA providers, and Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), but some sessions will also be relevant to other housing resource holders (such as HUD Multifamily operators, affordable housing owners/operators, etc.), local funders, and other community partners. 
   Good Afternoon, SOAR Providers
Thank you for your commitment to using the SOAR process to assist applicants with accessing Social Security Disability Benefits.
SHPA is pleased to be taking on the role of SOAR State Team Lead and looks forward to continuing to advance efforts of expanding SOAR throughout Illinois.
We want to take this opportunity to thank the DuPage Federation, specifically Kristin Hartsaw and Jordan Durrett for leading the SOAR initiative and we are extremely pleased that they will be staying on in a leadership role and as SOAR Local Leads for DuPage County. SHPA has been involved with SOAR for many years and we look forward to continuing to support the efforts in expanding SOAR across the state and in our new role as SOAR State Team Lead!
We cannot achieve this goal without the input of those who are completing the SOAR application. Therefore, SHPA is kicking off our engagement, with a survey to all SOAR providers. If you are a SOAR provider, please click on the button below and complete the survey, your input is imperative for ours and the initiative’s success.  Please note that we are requesting one response per provider so if you have multiple SOAR case managers at your agency please gather your comments and submit responses in one.
Please note that we have also dedicated this section of Monday Memo for all things SOAR. If wish to sign someone else to receive Monday Memo you can click HERE to add them to our distribution list.

For more information about SHPA or questions please contact David Esposito, Executive Director at, (217) 321-2476 x2 or Aaron Eldridge @ (217) 321-2476 x1

we respectfully ask that you please complete this survey by
Friday, March 5

HACC Wait List Opening
The Kenzie Senior Residences, Mount Prospect

If you need assistance or require a reasonable accommodation, please send an email to, with Kenzie Senior Reasonable Accommodation as the subject.

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