SHPA is seeking a Resident Committee Co-Chair to represent the Central & Southern Region of Illinois

Are you looking to give back?
Are you looking to help people who are experiencing homelessness?
Are you looking to opportunities to advocacy Supportive Housings?
Are you looking for an opportunity to become more involved with SHPA?
Are you willing to help lead the Resident Committee Call and serve on the Board?
If you have answered yes to these questions, then we have an opportunity for you!
Consider completing an
application to run for Co-Chair of the SHPA Resident’s Committee. Election will take place during the 2020 Virtual Resident’s Conference on August 25-26, 2020. (more info to come). Each candidate will have time to tell why they would like to be the co-chair and will be selective by your peers.

For more information please contact Aaron Eldridge at
or (217) 321-2476 x1

LGBTQ+ and Supportive Housing


Become familiar with affirming language, terminology and history or LGBTQ+ communities Gain nuanced understanding of challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals when seeking and maintaining supportive housing Learn and apply best practices for building relationships and communities that are inclusive of LGBTQ+ individuals.
Jacqueline Boyd
Founder, Jacqueline Boyd 

                                                        The Care Plan
Jacqueline has consulted with national and local organizations such as SAGE, Howard Brown Health Centers, and AIDS Foundation Chicago, to enhance services offered to LGBTQ+ older adults. Jacqueline has presented at the American Society on Aging National Conference, Creating Change Conference, the Los Angeles County Older Adult Summit, and University of Chicago among others. She recently contributed a chapter to Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Health and Aging, available from Springer Publishing.

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SOAR Online Course: Adult Curriculum Celebrates 10,000 Graduates - Thank you for showing that SOARWorks!

10,000th Person Graduates from SAMHSA SOAR Online Course: Adult Curriculum 

The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is proud to announce a new milestone—10,000 people have passed the SOAR Online Course: Adult Curriculum! Since its launch in 2014, the growth of the SOAR Online Course has been tremendous and wide-reaching—there are graduates from all 50 states! We at the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center are thrilled that 10,000 people are equipped with the knowledge and tools to help eligible individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness in their communities with Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications.
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
News from Springfield:

Last week, Gov. JB Pritzker signed the Fiscal Year 2021 operating budget into law.
 Please see below for the governor’s press release. 
Gov. Pritzker Signs Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget
Joins Governors Across the Nation in Urging Congress to Pass Funding for State and Local Governments

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Springfield - In an effort to address the massive economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law a $42.9 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 General Funds operating budget (SB 264, HB357) that maintains funding for critical programs, such as education, health care, and human services while advocating for a national program to support state and local governments. SB2099, providing authorization for Illinois to directly access the Federal Reserve Bank's Municipal Liquidity Facility program was signed May 29th.
"Since taking office, my administration has prioritized effective and efficient government as we've worked to undo years of financial mismanagement while rebuilding our hollowed out state government," said Governor JB Pritzker. "The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the enormous role government plays in keeping communities safe and providing the tools people need to build better lives. While the pandemic has had a devastating impact on our state revenues, investing in our people will allow the state to rebound and recover from this pandemic as we safely re-open. I will continue to advocate for a national program to support state and local governments to make up the difference in the revenues that fund vital services like hospitals and salaries for teachers and first responders."
"This budget buys the state time to get to a better tomorrow, one in which medical science helps us push back against this disease and Washington steps up to help jump start the economic recovery of Illinois and every other state in the country," said Senate President Don Harmon. "I want to thank Senators Heather Steans, Andy Manar, Omar Aquino, Elgie Sims and Laura Ellman for their efforts to confront so many unknowns and find a way to bring needed stability to the budget."
"It's important for Illinois to stand strong with our neighbors right now," said House Majority Leader Greg Harris. During all the stress and increased  need in our communities, this budget helps support and stabilize our schools, colleges and universities, human services and healthcare systems.  We prioritized funding for communities that have long suffered disparities and that now have been hardest by COVID-19, and focused our resources where the need is greatest.
The major components of the FY21 budget invest in the governor's key priorities of education, healthcare, public safety, vital human services, criminal justice reform, and, ongoing COVID-19 relief, while fully funding the state's pension contributions.
The FY 2021 budget also directs more than $5 billion in federal aid from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other federal aid packages, to public health, social services, small businesses, local governments and households, including funding targeted to communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
The FY 2021 budget reflects reductions in operations appropriations of $200 million and another $140 million at the Department of Transportation from introduced levels and includes savings from an ongoing partial hiring freeze and restricted operations expenditures. 
If Congress fails to enact funding for states and local governments in the near term and additional revenue from Public Act 101-8 doesn't pass, the governor and his administration will work with the newly created Legislative Budget Oversight Commission and the Illinois General Assembly to identify solutions for addressing any financial gaps.
The budget will go into effect on July 1, 2020, the beginning of the state's 2021 fiscal year.

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:

Dear Stakeholders,
The COVID-19 crisis has forced IDHS to think even more about the people we serve and how we can better serve them. The programs and services we provide are valued and necessary to Illinois’ social safety net, with more than one in four people in Illinois relying on us for help each day. As we work through the COVID-19 pandemic and the reopening of the State, we must evolve to meet the needs of Illinois residents and use the lessons we have learned throughout this crisis to shape our future.
In the coming weeks, we will launch Reinvent IDHS, Restore Illinois, a framework that aligns with Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan to reopen the state. This framework will share our new approach to the work we do to better serve our customers, support our staff, and connect with our providers.
Here’s how we’ll get started:
  • For the people we serve: We want to provide the flexibility to tailor services to the unique needs of our three million clients, patients, and residents across Illinois. Whether services are delivered in-person, online/by phone, or a combination of the two, we will improve the standard of service and make it easier for everyone to get the help they need.
  • For our staff: We will take this opportunity to design improvements in our operations.
  • For our providers: We will prioritize safe working conditions, being more responsive to client, patient, and resident needs, and stretching every dollar to meet growing caseloads.
This is the beginning of this process and this plan will evolve and grow over time, but our goal will remain the same: to provide the best services possible to the people of Illinois. 
Grace B. Hou
Secretary, IDHS
Additional News from IDHS:

Managed Care Plan Rate Increase for Behavioral Health Services
Federal Partners & Updates:             
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness: CLICK HERE 
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition: CLICK HERE
  • US Inter-agency Council On Homelessness: CLICK HERE
  • HUD Exchange

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NAMI Illinois's state conference this year will be a virtual/online conference.  The call for presentations just went out.  We're hoping to have a great conference with wonderful attendance.  We'd love to have you join us.  For more info Click here and here.

We are thrilled to announce the new Online format for NLU's Human Services Management | Leadership Masters Program beginning this Fall.  NLU is a leader in online education with years of experience and a faculty that is well versed in providing online instruction.  We are offering this online modality for the student's convenience and safety.

Please see attached for a new Shriver Center resource on housing and public benefits for people coming home from Illinois prisons during the COVID pandemic. CLICK HERE (spanish version)

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

Not a Supportive Housing Provider, yet want to support our work, click here for our 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities. 

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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