DAY 1 Day 2
10:00am - Resident Session 10:00am - Legislative Policy Forum
12:45pm - Welcome 1:00pm - Administrative Policy Forum
1:00pm - Evidence based Practices 3:00pm - SHPA Advocacy Kick-Off
3:00pm - Medicaid & Blended Management
YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS IT
Legislative Policy Forum: SHPA is please to have joining us, Rep. Will Guzzardi, Rep. Delia Ramirez and Rep. Lindsey Lapointe along with our advocate partners from, Housing Action Illinois, Chicago Coaltion for the Homeless, Healthy Minds Healthy Lives, and the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance to speak on legislation that impacts, Supportive Housing, Residents of Supportive Housing and those experiencing Homelessness.
Adiminstrative Policy Forum: we will be joined by Deputy Governor, Sol Flores, IDHS Secretary Grace Hou and IHDA Executive Director, Kristin Faust who will share thier vision on ending homelessness through collaboration and investment in Supportive Housing and Services.
1212 Larkin is the effective result of a partnership between the Fox River Valley Initiative and Full Circle Communities which engaged in a year of planning that led to construction. The proposal by Full Circle Communities is an 18.5 million dollar investment to restore the Larkin Center's historic buildings and build 12 new detached historically and architecturally sensitive buildings.
The proposal will create a mix of studio one bedroom two bedroom and three bedroom residences totaling 48 units the development will have 10 dedicated units for persons with a mental or physical disability with on-site case management by the Association for Individual Development. The other 38 units will be 2-3 bedroom apartments for people living on 30 to 60 percent of the surrounding areas medium income.
Show Your Work “If It’s Not Written Down it Didn’t Happen!”
Documenting Service and Program Effectiveness is critical to know your programs accomplishment and effectiveness. Effective use of the financial resources is becoming more important, especially as funding sources are becoming harder to secure. Accurately documenting services shows the value of supportive housing and provides data and statistics to advocated for more funding. The latter part of this training will be specific to the quarterly services and financial reporting required of IDHS Supportive Housing Homeless Services grantees.
This Training will provide:
Important documentation tips & tricks;
Review quarterly reporting processes and highlight key areas;
Discussion to ensure that the services provided and documented are reflecting in funding reports; and
Lots of opportunity for Peer Sharing and Q & A
This training is appropriate for case management staff, supervisors and staff responsible for service documentation and completing service & financial reports. The latter part of this training will be specific to the quarterly services and financial reporting required of IDHS Supportive Housing Homeless Services grantees.
Facilitator: SHPA Staff
Free with code for SHPA Members & IDHS-SHP Grantees
$50 - all others
Springfield, Ill. – Building on efforts that ensured the safe and active participation in the 2020 elections, Governor JB Pritzker signed HB 1871 into law today to establish permanent ballot drop boxes and allow curbside voting across Illinois for early voting or on Election Day. The new law codifies safety measures that were implemented ahead of the 2020 general election, allowing residents to safely exercise their constitutional right to vote. click here for the full press release
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.
The Illinois Department of Human Services Homeless Services grant information is now available for Fiscal Year 2022.
Please click below to visit the IDHS page for Family and Community Services grant information. The site has a listing of funding opportunities, links to the grant applications, and links to other useful information.
Teen REACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope) is an out-of-school time program serving at-risk youth between the ages of 6 and 17. The purpose of the program is to expand the range of choices and opportunities that enable, empower and encourage youth to achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capabilities for future success and avoid and/or reduce risk-taking behavior. Specifically, this means providing youth with safe environments, caring adults, guiding them toward marketable skills, and opportunities to serve their communities. Teen REACH is not a drop-in program, rather it is intended to serve the same youth every day. The program is a year-round, 12-month program requiring services on average 3 hours per day, a minimum 240 days per year. Teen REACH requires programming in 7 CORE Service Areas.
A Technical Assistance Conference has been scheduled for April 13th at 10:00a.m. Additional details can be found on the DHS website link above and in the funding notice.
IDHS leadership has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice (DEIRJ). We have demonstrated this in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with you, we have achieved and innovated to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of those we serve. Most recently, to help reach people with high barriers to health care access, IDHS initiated vaccination clinics in partnership with community providers and community members.
While we have hope that vaccinations will lead us through a path out of this pandemic, we share the sorrow and bear witness to the grief of those impacted by the tragedies in Atlanta and Boulder. These two tragedies are part of at least 7 mass shootings in the last 10-14 days which has made the past few weeks especially trying. This is a sad and sobering reminder of some of our country’s most complex systemic challenges, exposing racism, gun violence, and mental health challenges. These are challenges we are working to address in many ways.
I believe that we can all find meaningful ways to understand and learn about those who are different from ourselves. As a Chinese American, an Asian American, I know what it feels like to be judged by how I look rather than by what I do. I know that there are narratives and stereotypes around who I am, and expectations of me that precede any of my actions or words, and I know that many of you often face similar - if not greater - challenges. The tragic murders in Atlanta served as painful reminders that misperceptions, differences, ignorance, and hate are devastating families and communities.
While we may not know the family and friends of those who lost their lives, I hope that we can take a moment to think of them and to reflect on the difficult times that these communities and others across the country as well as our own neighbors face. We can overcome this together, but positive change is only achieved through intentional action.
As part of this intentional action, I hope that we can continue to challenge our own prejudices and implicit biases, as we work together to increase racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion at IDHS and through IDHS, both for ourselves and for those we serve. Please take good care.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted the Updated Medicaid Rate List for Nursing Facilities, County Nursing Facilities, and SMHRF's, Effective 04/01/2021. You may view the updated Rate List from the following link: Long Term Care (illinois.gov)
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted Updated Supportive Living Program Rates Effective April 1, 2021. You may view the new rates at the following link: Supportive Living (illinois.gov)
Several new courses are now available on the Alliance's online Center for Learning platform. Courses are either live or self paced, and providers may be eligible to receive CEUs upon completion of select courses.
Ensuring equity in SOAR program implementation requires providers to consider how implicit bias may contribute to disparities in how SOAR services are accessed by and delivered to diverse groups. On this webinar, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center will address barriers to equity in SOAR implementation and present strategies to overcome them.
SOAR providers will share how they use internal and local data to ensure diverse groups are accessing their services. Panelists will also share how community demographics, (race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and justice involvement), impact access to SOAR programs and present strategies for recognizing and reaching individuals that are underserved. SAMHSA SOAR TA Center staff will share revised, equity-focused SOAR products and tools designed to support SOAR initiatives in their efforts to achieve equity and inclusion in program access and participation.
The webinar will include a panel discussion of a diverse group of SOAR providers who are working on creating equitable and more culturally relevant SOAR programs in their communities
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Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance Program Applications EXTENDED THRU APRIL 9!
Applications are now open for the Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program can pay up to12 months of missed rent and utility payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments. Payments will be made directly to your landlord and utility company.
Applications open March 11, 2021 and will be accepted until April 9, at 5:00p