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06/01/2020
WELCOME TO SUMMER
HAPPY PRIDE MONTH


 
As we celebrate PRIDE MONTH we cannot ignore what is happening around our nation. Communities across America are experiencing tremendous pain. The pain of the loss of lives like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown and so many more of our black brothers and sisters. Each person has their own story, a family, a home, and a life that mattered that was taken away from them. 

Racial Injustice and Inequality persists and in order to change that, it is critical to not only acknowledge and say it exists but to do something about it. I cannot imagine how our black brothers and sisters are feeling right now, the decades, centuries, of anger and frustration.  For the rest of us the first step is reflection and self-examination. Then we need to Listen, Learn, and Speak Up, this is how change happens. Many of us are past this stage and now is the time that we all need to step up and become leaders, join forces, and fight for long-term systemic change for Racial Equity through Criminal Justice, Affordable Housing, Supportive Housing and Affordable Healthcare for All.   

 
PRIDE started from the Stonewall Protests!
If you are protesting please be safe and remember we are in the middle of a pandemic so please wear a mask. 

Let's make a difference!
 
IN SOLIDARITY !

 

COVID-19 is hitting the homeless population hard. Over the past few months, advocates have stepped up like never before and helped to secure historic investments in homeless assistance. Meanwhile, providers and systems leaders have urgently and creatively worked through this crisis to house and serve people experiencing homelessness, even with seriously limited resources.  

They still need your support.

We need your advocacy to secure vital funds to continue serving people experiencing homelessness. The Senate is working on legislation that can provide additional, essential relief – but they need to know how direly the homeless services sector needs it.  

This is a historic opportunity: Congress is making big investments, and homelessness programs must be among them.  

The upcoming Public Health Emergency Shelter Act, to be introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, would provide an additional $11.5 billion in homeless assistance through the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). Telling your Senator to support this bill is extremely important, and can assist in providing funds for homelessness in future stimulus bills. Without your advocacy now, the Senate legislation is likely to have far less ESG money or none at all. 

We need you to ask two things from your Senator:  

  1. to be an original cosponsor of this legislation – which means a Senator is so supportive of a bill that she formally associates her name with the legislation 
  2. to tell Senate leadership the importance of this bill  

This ask is a way to build up momentum for homelessness funding in Congress, and pave the way for future stimulus funds.  The more Senators cosponsor the Public Health Emergency Shelter Act, the more likely it will be passed.  

Your activism is vitally important over the next several weeks. These funds can help to end homelessness, even during a pandemic. But not unless we demand it. 

If you have questions or would like to do even more to educate your lawmakers about the needs of homeless families and individuals in your community, please contact jthrelkeld@naeh.org and jjones@naeh.org
 

ACT NOW

News from Springfield:
 

 

The General Assembly , in the early hours on Sunday, May 24 passed HA5 to SB264 the FY21 Budget including $41,796,900 million for Supportive Housing Services, an increase of 1.5% from FY20, and goes to the Governor who is expected to sign it. This budget is based on borrowing from the Federal Government which may not happen yet gives authority to send money including direction over any federal assistance.

SHPA wishes to Thank the General Assembly and the Administration in seeing the critical importance of funding for Human Services, including supportive housing services.

Thank you to our coalition partners and all of you for your calls and letters your voices always make a difference. However, our work does not stop here. We must continue to raise our voices and ensure that your work continues to remain in the spotlight and reflects the ongoing importance of prioritization for payment. More to come..

In the meantime, we will be sending out information on how to contact legislators for their support. 

Additional allocations of Interest: 
  • $396 million in COVID-19 related rent and mortgage assistance
  • $5 million related to Homeless Prevention
  • Creation of the Inter-generational Poverty Act  pg. 439
 
CAPITOL REPORT FROM THOMSONWEIR
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:
 
WEBINAR

 

Supportive Housing Systems Integration

 
This webinar will discuss the importance and benefits of working with other large system for supportive housing residents, agencies, and the overall sector.

The focus will be on the Health, Justice and Child Welfare & School systems with an emphasis on the COVID-19 response of these systems statewide and nationally.

We hope to arm the audience, both leadership staff and direct services staff with best practices in engaging, building relationships, and potential policy changes.

 
Thursday, June 4
1:00p - 3:00p CST


SHPA Members - FREE
Supportive Housing Residents - FREE
IDHS Supportive Housing (Homeless & DMH) Grantees - FREE
Non-Members & Others - $15.00
 
Training facilitated by:



 
Register Here

 
For more information contact:
Aaron Eldridge Sr. at a.eldridge@shpa-il.org or 
Jennifer M. Orban at j.orban@shpa-il.org
you may reach them at (217) 321-2476
          



SHPA is hosting an Advocacy Follow Up and Report Back Call 

Friday June 5, 2020.
12:00p - 1:00p


Please, join us!
 
Join your peers, as we review the conversations with the legislature during SHPA’s Call to Action, discuss the results of the FY2021 Budget legislative session, initiate a Thank You Campaign and brainstorm continued statewide advocacy.  

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/SHPAConference/shpa-committee-meeting


Join by phone:
+1 (224) 501-3412


Access Code:
648-724-557


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Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
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We would love to hear for you! Your feedback would be valuable in helping to guide our efforts to advocate for our budget priorities.
    

YES, YOU CAN WORK!

Interested in returning to work or trying out work for the first time, but unsure how work will impact your Social Security benefits or if work is even possible for you? Many people receiving disability benefits, or applying for benefits, really want to work, but fear the consequences. This handout will give you the information you and your family need to learn more about programs, which will assist you with returning to work, or trying out work for the first time! We can help you find success! These recommended resources provide information on where you can go for assistance to learn more about employment for people with disabilities. Quality services are available to help you better understand all of the federal work incentive programs, including Social Security work supports, for people with disabilities. 
 
CLICK HERE
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Image with text SOAR Webinar: Using the SOAR Model wiith Appeals, June 18, 2020, 3:00-4:30pm ET
 
SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, and Recovery), a program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national technical assistance program that helps people who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness to access SSA disability benefits. 

While we do our best to help eligible individuals get approved on the initial application, sometimes the application is denied and we need to help someone through the appeals process. Appeals may also be necessary when we meet someone who has already applied and been denied or if we were not able to provide sufficient evidence for the initial application.

In this webinar we will introduce our updated SOAR Appeals Toolkit designed to assist SOAR providers with appealing SSI/SSDI denials. Our guest speakers who work with appeals will guide you through a few sections of the toolkit. Each will offer practice tips on effectively representing SOAR applicants with appeals at the Reconsideration and Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) levels. You will learn more about how to partner with your local Legal Aid advocates to ensure continued representation with hearings. Also, you will learn more about how to represent applicants with appeals during the age of COVID-19.
Join us on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. ET!
 
Register for the Webinar



 
Dear Partners,
 
I hope this message find you well. 
 
There are two things that are top of mind for all of us right now: the FY2021 budget and Restoring Illinois. I want to share some information with you on both topics.
 
FY2021 Budget
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois General Assembly passed a Fiscal Year 2021 budget which now goes to the Governor for consideration. The budget reflects the priorities laid out in the Governor’s introduced budget, and we look forward to continuing the good work begun in the first year of our administration. The budget includes much needed rate and cost of living increases, resources for the Olmstead consent decrees, and continued funding to maintain the critical human services system in Illinois. 
 
Further, IDHS has additional appropriation authority in its budget to accommodate the increased needs of individuals, community members, and organizations impacted by COVID 19. In the face of this pandemic, our Governor will continue to advocate for federal funding to help cover state and local government revenue shortfalls.
 
IDHS is committed to working with you - our community partners, members of the General Assembly, our colleagues in the Governor’s Office, and our sister agencies to meet our shared mission and goals. In the face of COVID 19, together, we will keep our staff and those in our care safe. As we complete our review and finalize implementation plans, we will share more details and answer questions you may have.
 
Restore Illinois, Reinvent IDHS
We have all been coping and adjusting to life and work under COVID-19; we had to swiftly transform our organization and workplaces to ensure maximum safety for all. The road to restoration will continue to prioritize the safety of our human services staff and those we serve. 
 
As we continue through this unprecedented time together, we must re-imagine and re-invent what the phased-in “new normal” will look like across the Illinois Department of Human Services. While our planning will draw from and reflect elements of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, IDHS has to develop its own set of agency- and program-specific strategies.
 
While the COVID-19 crisis has been devastating for some and difficult for all, as the State begins to slowly and responsibly re-open, we have an opportunity to not only restore IDHS, but to reimagine many aspects of our agency.
 
At IDHS, one size does not fit all, so this process will be fluid and ongoing. Our restoration and reinvention will look different across divisions and potentially across geographic regions. Our goals are to successfully restore all divisions and programs at IDHS in a way that is responsive to the changed environment, ensures optimal safety of employees and customers, and leverages the opportunity to reinvent program models to reflect client and agency need.
 
In the coming days and weeks, I will share more.
 
Thank you, as always, for your continued resilience, creativity, and hard work, on behalf of IDHS and of the people we serve, during these challenging times.
 
Sincerely,
 Grace B. Hou
Secretary, IDHS
 
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Managed Care Plan Rate Increase for Behavioral Health Services
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Federal Partners & Updates:             
 
OTHER Announcements:
Continuum of Care News:
 
Come JOIN SHPA and be part of a strong coalition of Supportive Housing Providers who are committed to the expansion of supportive housing across the State of Illinois to address the issues of homelessness, unnecessary institutionalization, and persons with disabilities, advocating for the increase in resources for supportive services, and leading policy and systematic changes to benefit those we serve and the efficient and effective delivery of services. Click on the link above and contact David Esposito, Executive Director at d.esposito@shpa-il.org

Not a Supportive Housing Provider, yet want to support our work, click here for our 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities. 
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Want to get more involved with SHPA?
One of the best ways to stay in the know with all things SHPA and permanent supportive housing is to join our standing committees. All committees meet by phone so that members from all over the state are able to join.
Visit our website for committee descriptions:

 
SHPA Committee Meetings Scheduled:
Legislative Committee - Third Thursday of the Month @ 9:00a
Resident Committee - Fourth Wednesday of the Month @ 4:00p
Governance Committee - Fourth Tuesday of the Month @ 2:00p
Standards & Best Practices Committee - Fourth Monday of the Month @ 11:30a


(schedules subject to change as determined by committee chairs)

For more information on how to participate please contact SHPA staff at
(217) 321-2476
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