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Are you looking to join a Dynamic and Committed Team? 
The Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) is currently accepting resumes to fill the position of Illinois Coordinator, Central & Southern Region of Illinois.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas,  supportive housing operations, the delivery of services to individuals experiencing homelessness and/or chronic disaibilities, providing training and technical assistance, working with the Continua of Care, and a passion for the development of Resident Leadership & Empowerment.

This position is grant based and responsible for deliverables such as providing training and technical assistance on topics such as service reporting, data collection and the use of evidence-based practices of supportive housing operations and service delivery in supportive housing.

Illinois Coordinators are resonsible for maintaining relationships with association members of their respective regions, member recruitment, collaborating with fellow staff on asssociation initiatives and advocacy campaigns, and other duties as assigned. 

For a full job description click here.

For more information you may contact David Esposito, Executive Director at (217) 321-2476 x2. Resumes may be submitted to same at d.esposito!   


SHPA requests its members and supporters join us in advocacy to preserve and protect Supportive Housing line items in the state budget.

It is very important that we lift up the amazing work SHPA’s members have been doing in their communities, the impact of COVID-19 in their work and on those they serve, and the need for funding stability from the state during this pandemic- specifically and beyond. SHPA’s members serve Illinoisans who are very vulnerable to COVID-19. SHPA’s members work has literally saved lives and lessened the spread on COVID-19.

You can help protect supportive housing this winter by doing 3 things:
  1. Send a Letter to your Illinois Lawmakers about Supportive Housing in your Community
  2. Raise Awareness on social media - using #ILSupportiveHousing
  3. Save the Date: SHPA's next Lawmaker Call in Day, Thursday, January 21, 2021
Working together, we can accomplish anything!
Sign On & Support: 

Homelessness is an ongoing crisis in Illinois, exacerbated by COVID-19. The response to homelessness in Illinois is very complex, under resourced, and fragmented. Now, is a pivotal time.  An end to homelessness requires collaboration around a shared vision. Housing is the solution to homelessness. Services are critical to housing stability. Leadership is needed to establish this vision.  An Interagency Council on Ending Homelessness is needed to finally end homelessness in Illinois.


Strengthening Our Suburban Cook County Emergency Shelter System
Sign on to show your support by Friday, January 22

Please sign-on by Friday, January 22 so that we can share our list of supporters with CDBG-CV decision-makers before the end of this month. You can learn more and sign-on here:


Introduction to the
Dimensions of Quality

Join us for a webinar on Jan 21, 2021
at 1:00 PM CST.

This is the first in a series of webinars on the Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing, and future sessions will dive deeper into individual Dimensions identified by the audience.

Join this webinar to learn about the Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing, a research based set of standards and best practices in supportive housing. The focus of this webinar will be to provide an overview of each Dimension of Quality, and offer steps on how to integrate these practices within your supportive housing projects.

Member/IDHS Grantee: FREE
(Please use the appropriate discount code: Member or Grantee)

Non-Member/Non-Grantee: $30
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2021 Lame Duck Session - Updates
SHPA extend it's CONGRATULATIONS to Representative Welch on his historic election in becoming the first Black Speaker of the House. We look forward to working with the new speaker and the 102nd General Assembly to further our efforts to expand Supportive Housing and Services for Illinois most vulnerable citizens. 
The Black Caucus successfully passed the following two bills within thier Economic Equity pillar of thier ominbus legislation. 
  • Public Housing Access Bill - creates standards for the Illinois Public Housing Authorities in using criminal jusitce background screening to improve equity and access to affordable housing for individuals with criminal records. prohibits PHA's from suing non-convictions, expundged or sealed records, and juvenile rocords, limits the look-back period, and provides applicants the opportunity to present mitigation evidence prior to receiving a denial. An initiative from the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI).
  • The Illinois Community Reinvestment Act (IL CRA) - The IL CRA will improve access to credit for communities of color urban and suburban areas, as well as rural communities. Initiative led by Woodstock Institute and Housing Action Illinois
  • Other bills such as the COVID-19 Emergency Housing Act (SB3066, HA 4), passed in the house yet did not make it through the Senate. SHPA will work with Housing Action Illinois and others along with Rep.Ramirez in the next session. 
Additional Session summary by Niya Kelly from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless can be found here and SHPA's government affairs partners ThomsonWeir below. 



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:
  • IDHS Homeless services Supportive Housing Programs FY21 Grantees, the 2nd quarter Service and Financial Reports are due by the close of business tomorrow January 20, 2021. Please be sure to get your reports in on time. If you are having issues with report submission, capacity or grant utilization please be sure to contact your IDHS program manager or us here at SHPA for assistance. 
  • President Elect Biden Proposes New COVID-19 Relief Proposal
    • Highlights
      • Extension of the federal eviction moratorium through September 2021. 
      • $30 billion in emergency rental and utility assistance
      • $1,400 stimulus checks, and
      • $5 billion to address the health and housing needs of people experiencing homelessness. 
    • addition information can be found here. 

2021 SAMHSA SOAR January eNews
SOAR OAT and Outcomes Orientation

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
2:00-3:00pm ET



Date and Time

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET


  • Jon Katherine Martins, SOAR Practitioner/Local Lead, Emma Norton Services, Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • Martha Mesazaros, MPA, Assistant Administrator/SOAR Navigator, Lotus House Psychiatric Services, Citrus Health Network, Inc., Hialeah, Florida
  • Melissa Mays, Family Navigator, Flint Water Family Supports, Genesee Health System, Flint, Michigan

COVID-19 Resources

Housing Action Illinois AmeriCorps Program Applications
Now Available

The application for this year is different than it has been in the past. Please note that the applications includes expanded project sections and there are separate applications for the AmeriCorps Members (full year) and Summer Associate positions. Below are descriptions of the attached documents.
  • 21-22 Member Application - This is the document you need to review, completely fill out, and submit by January 29th at 5:00 CST to be considered to host AmeriCorps Member (full year) position(s).
  • 21-22 Member Application Separate Section II & III - If you are submitting an application for multiple AmeriCorps Member positions then you will need to complete a separate Section II and III for each position.
  • 2021 Summer Application - This is the document you need to review, completely fill out, and submit by January 29th at 5:00 CST to be considered to host AmeriCorps Summer Associate position(s).
  • 2021 Summer Associate Application Separate Section II and III - If you are submitting an application for multiple Summer Associate positions then you will need to complete a separate Section II and III for each position.
  • 21-22 Instructions & Resources Packet - This document contains information that can help organizations understand the difference between our two types of AmeriCorps positions, what is expected of them host sites, and how they can write compelling applications.
Feel free to contact our National Service team at with all application inquiries, and we will respond as quickly as we can. 

The Supportive Housing Training Center is excited to announce the launch of our new Training Center Platform!  To celebrate our launch, we are offering a discount of 15% off on all trainings and training packages purchases in the month of January.
Use the code jan2021 to receive your 15% off discount.
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