August 2022


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 Director of Policy & Advocacy
SHPA is seeking resumes of qualified applicants to fill the position of Director of Policy & Advocacy.  This position will be responsible for overseeing the advancement of SHPA's Legislative & Policy Priorities, Research and Data Analysis, Legislator & Stakeholder Engagement, Marketing & Communications, Material Development, and other General Operating duties.  Interested parties should submit their resume or submit questions to David Esposito, Executive Director at 

Mission Statement:
To strengthen the supportive housing sector so that people have access to affordable housing and can survive and thrive in their community with services individually tailored to their needs.
Vision Statement:
We equip our members, including people with lived experience, with research-based practices for the effective use of existing resources and advocacy programs to increase the resources required to build and sustain the full range of supportive housing options.

SHPA is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a work force that represents the communities we serve, therefore, we encourage qualified applicants of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, and/or military
service to apply.  


SHPA is seeking three VISTA's for the service term
August 29, 2022 - August 28, 2023  

(must apply by August 5)


SHPA is a statewide membership association, our members are social service agencies and developers providing housing and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, at-risk of homelessness and/or unnecessary institutionalization. SHPA offers, Advocacy, Training and Technical Assistance and Resident Leadership & Empowerment programs. 

VISTA Positions: 
VISTA Educational Curriculum Coordinator:
Focus Area(s): Education & Leadership Development 
Goal of the Project: to build upon SHPA’s Resident Leadership & Empowerment Program for the purpose of resident engagement to encourage participation, change and growth through educational presentations. The Educational Curriculum Coordinator will develop educational programming addressing topics in the areas of substance use, tenant rights/responsibilities, empowerment, and community organizing for systems change through peer engagement with emphasis in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The educational trainings will be performed as outreach to persons with lived experience who reside in low-income Permanent Supportive Housing to expand and enhance program.

Illinois Training & Technical Assistance Project Coordinator:
Focus Area(s): Organizational Capacity Building & Development  
Goal of the Project: The VISTA member will engage with member organizations and identify areas of need for building the capacity in the operations of supportive housing and the delivery of evidence-based practice services with of focus on equity, diversity and inclusion of person's with lived experience of substance use disorder, and/or co-occurring mental health issues or other chronic disabilities.  The VISTA member in coordination with the Training & Technical Assistance Program Manager will develop a training curriculum that will provide education and training to supportive service staff in the operations of supportive housing and the delivery of evidence-based practice services. In addition, the VISTA Member will work with the Training and Technical Assistance Manager to develop a SOAR new trainee cohort and will support the cohort members through the submission of the first application. 

Illinois Supportive Housing Assessment (ISHA) Project Coordinator:
Focus Area(s): Government Affairs & Community Education  
Goal of the Project: Illinois’ Supportive Housing Assessment (ISHA) project is the inaugural report on opportunities and barriers to meeting Illinois supportive housing need. Short-term achievements will be a universal needs objective in the amount of supportive housing available and needed for the housing vulnerable populations in Illinois including persons with substance use disorders. The long-term impact will enable Illinois to develop the amount of supportive housing needed to ensure the housing vulnerable, including the substance use population, can attain housing security. Supportive housing is an evidence-based housing intervention that provides affordable housing and supportive services to those who need them.
AmeriCorps Pledge to Get Things Done
I will get things done for America – to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.
Link to apply:,
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* You will have to create a profile and complete an application to apply for these jobs!
If you’d like more information about these positions, the Supportive Housing Providers Association and our work, please contact David Esposito, Executive Director at or via phone at (217) 321-2476 x2. 


SHPA's Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 17 - Friday, November 18
Bloomington, Illinois

(more details coming soon)

"If It is Not Documented, It Didn't Happen"
Are you a Supportive Housing Provider or an IDHS Supportive Housing Grantee and need a refresher or maybe you have new staff that needs training on documenting services and using the IDHS Homeless Services Reporting portal?  SHPA is here for you!!

Contact either David Esposito at, Susan Day at or Joseph Winford at to schedule a one-on-one agency training.  This training is FREE to SHPA members and IDHS Supportive Housing grantees.  

You can also register for the next virtual group training scheduled;

October 27, 2022
1:00p - 3:00p 

                                                 Sponsored by

Volume 2 - 2nd Quarter 2022


The SHPA Resident Committee advocacy has launched the "Vote To Be Heard" campaign and distributed this flyer to Service Providers in Permanent Supportive Housing and Shelter Services. This one-page flyer details instructions on when where, why, and how to register to vote. It also includes polling locations, vote by mail information sights and federal, state, and local web sites and links on candidate research. The SHPA Resident Committee's intent is to make this flier available and distribute to all Illinois housing agencies and caseworkers statewide. The flyer is also easy to print to hand out to friends, neighbors, the unsheltered and anyone interested.

Elections can have benefits and/or consequences! VOTE TO BE HEARD!
For more information to get involved and to be connected with a resident in your community please contact Susan Day, or via phone at (217) 321-2476.

Governor Pritzker Issues Monkeypox Virus Public Health Emergency Declaration to Coordinate Statewide Response

Governor Pritzker issued a proclamation today declaring the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and declaring the state of Illinois a disaster area regarding the disease. The declaration, which applies to the entire state, will allow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to utilize resources for coordinating logistics across state agencies, quickly and efficiently aid in the distribution of vaccines and in the prevention and treatment of the disease. The proclamation will also assist state agencies in coordinating response with the federal government.
“MPV is a rare, but potentially serious disease that requires the full mobilization of all available public health resources to prevent the spread,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “That’s why I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure smooth coordination between state agencies and all levels of government, thereby increasing our ability to prevent and treat the disease quickly. We have seen this virus disproportionately impact the LGBTQ+ community in its initial spread. Here in Illinois we will ensure our LGBTQ+ community has the resources they need to stay safe while ensuring members are not stigmatized as they access critical health care.”
Declaring a state of disaster expands the resources and coordination efforts of state agencies in responding to, treating, and preventing the spread of monkeypox. Proclaiming a state of disaster will allow IDPH to expand vaccine and testing capacities with the help of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and via state and federal recovery and assistance funds. This proclamation will aid in facilitating the complicated logistics and transportation of vaccines across the state to reach the most impacted communities efficiently.
The declaration also authorizes emergency procurements to facilitate the state’s response. The proclamation takes effect immediately and is in place for 30 days.

read more here

Illinois Department of Human Services,
& Other State Agency Program News
Very Important:
This information is for all FY22 and FY23 Homeless Services (Emergency and Transitional Housing, Homeless Prevention, and Supportive Housing) grantees; please disregard any information that does not apply to your organization.
Fiscal Year 2022
  •  Make sure all financial reports have been submitted in the Homeless Reporting Portal
  • Make sure all service reports have been submitted in the Homeless Reporting Portal
  • If you have a small amount of money remaining, please see if adjustments can be made in order to spend that down.  Please reach out to your program administrator and see if we can be of help or if you need funds moved in the portal.
  • If you have not received your FY22 payment in full, please contact your program administrator by July 28th.
  • If you are lapsing money, please send your program administrator an email with an explanation as to why the funds are being lapsed.
  • Lapsed funds must be returned to the Department.  Payments can be sent to: 
    • IDHS, Office of Contract Administration
      Attn:  Carrie Smith
    • 600 East Ash Street, Building 400 3rd Floor North
    • Springfield, IL  62703
  • The Homeless Prevention follow-up report is due by October 20th; this is entered in the service report area of the reporting portal.
Fiscal Year 2023
  •  Please print your FY23 contract signature page(s) from the CSA system, sign and return them via email to .
  • There has been a delay in publishing some contracts but we believe they will appear in the CSA within the next few days.
  • Please check the CSA to make sure your budget has been entered with the correct dollar amount (the same amount as the NOSA) or hasn’t been rejected.  Remember, the contract amount HAS to be the exact amount as the NOSA.
  • If you have received an email about your CSA budget needing correction, that must be completed before your contract can be published.  The dollar amount must match the NOSA.
  • FY23 Funding Plans may now be entered and/or updated in the Homeless Reporting Portal .  If your project is not available in the portal, please reach out to your program contact.  This step is already complete for most HP providers.
  • Select Homeless Prevention Program rules were slightly relaxed during the height of the Covid crisis; we are returning to the regular written guidelines of the program for FY23.
  • FY23 contract language does not allow for automatic advance payments.  Information on IDHS grant payment policies can be found on this site: IDHS: Grantee Payment Methods Notification ( .
  • Homeless Services grantees will be paid on a reimbursement basis, based on monthly financial reports, unless the attached form is submitted and approved.
  • If desired, please complete the form (including the appropriate CSFA number) and return to the correct program contact below. 
  • Please keep us updated on contact and staff changes at your agency.  Updates should be sent to our shared email box at or to our Homeless Services office coordinator at .
FY23 Homeless Services Program Manual - please bookmark this page for future reference
Angie Campo – Supportive Housing (444-80-0658)
Rodney Collins – Emergency and Transitional Housing (444-80-0656)
Darcie Hannah – Homeless Prevention (444-80-0657)
Dena McGill – American Rescue Plan Housing Support (444-80-2705)


The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new Provider Notice regarding Community-Based Behavioral Services Handbook - Reissue.  You may view the new Notice from the following link:
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted Updated LTC Form and Instructions Documents at the following link:

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted “Provider Notice - Rate Increases Effective July 1, 2022 per Public Act 102-0699”.  To view the details of this posting, click the link below.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new Provider Notice regarding Medicaid 1135 Alternative Settings Waiver Is Discontinued. You may view the new Notice from the following link:
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: - News
National Low-Income Housing Coalition:
National Alliance to End Homelessness:

HUD Exchange:

Annual Reporting:

Friday, August 5 is the last day to update your SOAR outcomes in OAT. 

If you are not registered in OAT please register  here:

If you want to learn more about SOAR or to be SOAR trained, please contact me David Esposito at 

                        Social Security logo with the tagline Securing Today and Tomorrow and pictures of people from different backgrounds and abilities

Appt Rep Forms with Electronic Signatures

  1. Bundled Receipt and Processing of an Electronically Signed SSA-1696 and Certain Other Forms

    AKA:    EM-20-022   REV 3    (11/12/2021)
  2. COVID-19 Instructions

    Local Social Security offices are offering more in-person appointments and have resumed in-person service for people without an appointment. As we expand in-person service, we strongly encourage you to continue to go online, call us for help, and schedule appointments in advance.

    The Social Security Administration remains committed to providing you timely and accurate information our services.

    You can view all the COVID-19 questions and answers at once or browse by topic using a tile category below. Since we resumed in-person services on April 7, many of the questions and answers we previously listed on this page no longer apply. If you do not see your question addressed on this page or at the link below, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

    To learn more about the three topics below, visit
  • How to Get Help from Social Security
  • Know Before You Go
  • What to Know About Hearings
GN 033 05.000   Disclosure With Consent

GN 033 05.025   Disclosure to Legal Aid Groups, Private Law Firms, and Appointed Representatives
A. Policy For Disclosing Information
An individual may consent to disclose his or her records to a legal aid group or private law firm using the SSA-3288 or other consent form that meets our requirements. These entities may elect to become the individual’s appointed representative during the claims process. Prior to that appointment, disclosures from the individual’s record require consent.

D. Fees For Providing Records
Charge the full cost or the appropriate standard fee for providing records or other information to third party requesters where the request is for a non-program purpose.  For detailed information about charging fees for non-program purposes, see GN 03311.005E.

GN 033 05.000   Disclosure With Consent
GN 03305.001 Disclosure with Consent
GN 03305.002 Limitations on Disclosure with Consent
GN 03305.003 Consent Documents
GN 03305.004 Disclosing Queries
GN 03305.005 Who May Consent
GN 03305.006 Who May Not Consent
GN 03305.010 Reviewing and Retaining Consent Statements
GN 03305.015 Matching the Request with the Proper Record
GN 03305.020 Servicing Third Party Requesters
GN 03305.025 Disclosure to Legal Aid Groups, Private Law Firms, and Appointed Representatives
GN 03305.030 Disclosure of ADAP Records
GN 03305.035 Disclosure of Earnings Information to Private Pension Plan Companies, Law Firms, and Other Entities Under Reimbursable Agreements
GN 03305.040 Requests for Social Security Benefit Status Verifications for Claimants Residing Outside the United States
GN 03305.999 Exhibit – Form SSA-3288





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