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If you weren't able to join us or missed any portion of the conference you may view the recording(s) or and have access to the PowerPoints by visiting the Events/Spring Conference & Advocacy Day tab of our website at 

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SHPA is pleased to WELCOME  the Newest Member of our TEAM

Illinois Coordinator, 
Central & Southern Region



Dear SHPA Members and Supporters,

SHPA requests its members and supporters join us in advocacy to increase Supportive Housing line items in the state budget this month!
From Cairo to Chicago, and in communities throughout the state, Illinois Supportive Housing Providers are responding to increased demand for supportive services. Illinois Supportive Housing Providers respectfully request funding increase for program expansion in FY2022

We are respectfully asking Illinois lawmakers to appropriate $45 million for supportive housing services as part of the FY 2022 budget.

This funding, which represents an increase relative to the FY 2021 appropriation of $3.054 million, is necessary to sustain current services, address cost increases associated with the pandemic, and provide supportive services for individuals residing in 436 new units of supportive housing that will come online in the next fiscal year – new units
that will help us ensure health and safety for more Illinoisans.
Here is how you can help:
  1. Call Your Lawmakers TODAY!
    • SHPA members and supporters can use our Call-In tools- like script and talking points- to connect with lawmakers! Fridays are our action days but call whenever you can! Don’t forget to clearly ask for the FY22 Budget Appropriation of $45 Million for Supportive Housing!  
  1. Set Up Virtual Meetings
    • Building relationships with the 177 lawmakers in Illinois is very important. Please, request a meeting with the lawmakers that represent your supportive housing programs! Try to set up a meeting prior to May 5, 2021 to help with the advocacy for the FY22 State Budget request. Our toolkit will help you set this up! Also, SHPA’s team would love to attend these meetings and/or provide the virtual platform to help! Please, reach out to me directly for more information!  
  1. Send Letters to Your Lawmakers
    • Keep your conversations going with lawmakers and send them a letter asking them to support supportive housing! Our toolkit has templates for providers and residents to get you started! Please, get these letters in the mail by April 23, 2021! 
  1. Social Media Awareness
    • #ILSupportiveHousing when you post on social media about Supportive housing- STOPPING UNNECESSARY INSTITUTIONALIZATION AND ENDING HOMELESSNESS! This will help our collective advocacy- showing how critical supportive housing is! SHPA also created graphics available to our members and supporters- posted on our website! 
Check out SHPA’s website for our full toolkit, messaging materials, and social media graphics to help you advocate for Supportive housing this spring!  Click here to get started!

Thank you for your help! We are hoping to track how we’re doing on reaching out to the General Assembly on this issue—can you let me know if you were able to help out?

We are hosting a weekly Advocacy Debrief on Fridays at 9:00am. Start your morning connecting with other advocates throughout the state- and help Support Supportive Housing! If you are able, join us this Friday at 9:00am!

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone: 
Or you can also dial in using your phone:  Call: 1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 614-261-085
If you have any questions, please let me know!

FY22 Budget Advocacy Kick-Off Session Webinar
Thursday April 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM

This Thursday we will be hosting a webinar: FY22 Budget Advocacy Kick-Off Session. This is similar to the session at our conference last week. We would like as many Supportive Housing Champions to attend as possible.  This short session will go over the FY22 Budget Messaging and our collective ask- that Illinois lawmakers to appropriate $45 million for supportive housing services as part of the FY 2022 budget. Also, we will discuss tools available and how working together, we can accomplish anything!  Let’s do this!

Please, register for this session here and join us this Thursday at 1:00pm.

Weekly Advocacy Debriefing Call
Every Friday at 9:00 am

We are hosting a weekly Advocacy Debrief on Fridays at 9:00am. Start your morning connecting with other advocates throughout the state- and help Support Supportive Housing! If you are able, join us this Friday!
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone:  
Or you can also dial in using your phone:  Call: 1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 614-261-085
If you’d like to be added to the calendar invite notification- please let me know!

For SHPA members- the SHPA Advocacy Committee
Meeting Tuesday April 27 at 1:00pm

SHPA’s advocacy work loops together regional leadership and strong relationships, moving thought into action. The Advocacy committee is the action group that helps mobilize advocacy campaigns state-wide. The committee lifts up the needs related to Supportive Housing and SHPA’s ultimate goal – ensuring that every Illinoisan has a home that meets their needs in the communities they choose. SHPA is dedicated to state-wide advocacy with champions from communities across Illinois. The committee meets by phone on the Fourth Tuesday at 1:00 pm
 For more information on this committee- please sign up here!
Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to working with you!
Check out SHPA’s website for great resources to help you support supportive housing:  Spring into Action Toolkit and Supportive Housing Awareness & Education Materials


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

Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00a

   Sponsored by:

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:
Including, Cluster Permanent Supportive Housing, Housing Bridge Subsidy Administrators, PATH Grant, Outreach, and Teen Reach Program. Click above for more details. 

The Fiscal Year 2022 Teen REACH competitive funding notice (NOFO) has been released.  Information regarding how to apply is posted on the DHS Website at

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 Modified Fiscal Year 202 A Technical Assistance Conference has been scheduled for April 13th at 10:00a.m. 

Register for the TA conference at this link:




The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new Provider Notice regarding HFS CARES Program Reporting Deadline Final Reminder. You may view the new Notice from the following links:


2021 SAMHSA SOAR April eNews

Spring into Action with OAT!

OAT: Online Application Tracking
Super SOAR
The time for collecting SOAR outcomes is right around the corner, and the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center wants to ensure that you and your community are prepared! The upcoming outcomes season will collect decisions received on SOAR-assisted applications between July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021. Our hope is that you are regularly logging into the Online Application Tracking (OAT) system and tracking outcomes throughout the year! Regardless of whether you’re a regular tracker or new to the process, here are some simple steps to take to make sure your outcomes are ready and up to date.
  • First, ensure that you are registered in the OAT system; if you are not, you can register here.
  • If you are new to tracking outcomes or want a refresher, we encourage you to review the OAT User Guide as well as a recent recording of the OAT Orientation webinar. During the orientation, we walk through entering a claim and answer participant questions. The next webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 20, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register for this event.

Why Outcomes Matter!

Outcomes are key to growing a successful SOAR initiative! Tracking outcomes ensures that your work and impact as a SOAR-trained case worker is documented, and it also contributes to your state’s overall outcomes. Strong outcomes can also lead to additional funding for SOAR dedicated case workers!

SOARing Over Lunch: Monthly Calls to Enhance Your SOAR Knowledge

SOARing Over Lunch!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
1:00 p.m. ET
Pre-Applications will be available online beginning on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:00 am and will remain open until Friday April 23, 2021 at 4:30 pm.

(See IDHS above)



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