It is with great sadness that SHPA says goodbye to one of team members. After two years of amazing work, Merridith has decided to move on to another opportunity. Merridith, has been a wonderful team member dedicated to the work of SHPA and committed to making a difference in Illinois. Her dedication to improving the lives of the people we serve, through staunch advocacy and bringing people, providers and communities together was nothing but amazing, we could not have accomplished all that we have in the past two years without her. We wish her well in her new role where we know she will continue to do amazing things. We look forward to working with her.
WE WISH HER THE BEST OF LUCK !!!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 militaryservice to apply.
Please join us as we follow up our Rebuild, Renew, Revitalize! Core Competencies Toward Resilient Services Series with applying core competencies presented in those Workshops to lived care management situations in the work you do.
The Application Sessions will be Care Management Reviews (Participant Centered Consultation) drawing from your submissions of actual care management situations you find yourselves addressing with participants in your program services.
A week prior to each Application Session please submit a specific care management situation(s) you would like to review during the Application Session with group discussion & consultation in applying core competencies to that situation. Core Competencies include Person Centered, Trauma Aware, Harm Reduction, & Motivational Interviewing.
Submissions must be without information which would identify any specific individual. Names must be changed in ensuring identification of any individual cannot be made.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Day at S.Day@shpa-il.org or Joseph Winford at email@example.com 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;
Illinois Department of Human Services,
& Other State Agency Program News
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is taking steps to prepare for the end of the Federal Covid-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). When the PHE ends, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will end its continuous coverage provision. This provision has allowed HFS to keep Medicaid customers insured without confirming all eligibility requirements. As a result of this continuous eligibility, Medicaid customers have not been asked to update their information for two years. That new information is now critical for their continued coverage.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Round IX and
2023 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is pleased to announce tentative dates for 2023 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Round IX and application rounds. Please find the key dates below.
IHDA reserves the right to modify theses application deadlines. If you have any questions related to the timeframes or would like to schedule a concept meeting, please e-mail IHDA's Multifamily Financing team.
Thank you again for your continued partnership in providing safe, decent, and affordable housing to the people of Illinois.
New SOARWorks Website NOW AVAILABLE !
June marks the last month of the SOAR fiscal reporting period. If you have not reported your SOAR application outcomes in OAT please do so now:
Nearly two months ago, on April 7, 2022, we resumed in-person service for people with and without an appointment. As we help more people in person, we want to highlight the best ways and times for your clients to access our services.
Although we encourage using our online services, if your clients can’t complete their business online, they can call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. Our phone lines are usually less busy before 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time, and later in the week, or later in the month.
While appointments are strongly recommended, we continue to help people without one. An appointment reduces the wait time and ensures that your client knows what documents to bring, so we can help them in one visit. If your client needs to visit their local Social Security office without an appointment, we are here to help. Our offices tend to be less busy later in the day, later in the week, and later in the month.
To learn more about our safety measures and restrictions before visiting our offices, visit our webpage, How to Get Help from Social Security.
Please share this information with your family, friends, and clients.