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.

1:00p - 3:00p 



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. 
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:


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.  
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:

While parts of our state and certain establishments are now open, subject to the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, the whole IDHS organization -- managers, front-line employees, contract staff, and everyone in between – will continue to take precautionary measures in the interest of everyone’s safety, and I encourage our partner organizations to do the same. 

Tragically, as you know, over 5,000 lives have been lost to COVID-19 in Illinois. We grieve those losses, which include some of our IDHS colleagues and facility residents.   
Together we must continue to fight this virus and to protect ourselves, our co-workers, and those in our care. The best way to do this is to continue to appropriately don PPE in the workplace and to follow the Governor’s recently released EO that outlines how to be good and responsible neighbors.  
Please take a moment to review the latest public health requirements (pasted below) and follow these common sense rules to protect the lives of our family members, our neighbors, and those in our care.  
  • Practice social distancing.  To the extent individuals are using shared spaces when outside their residence, including when outdoors, they must at all times and as much as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person who does not live with them. 
  •  Wear a face covering in public places or when working.  Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. This requirement applies whether in an indoor space, such as a store, or in a public outdoor space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible.          
  • Elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness should take additional precautions.  People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including elderly people and those with a health condition that may make them vulnerable, are urged to stay in their residence and minimize in-person contact with others to the extent possible.   
  •  Limit gatherings. Any gathering of more than ten people is prohibited unless exempted by this Executive Order. Nothing in this Executive Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or residence. Because in-person contact presents the greatest risk of transmission of COVID-19, Illinoisans are encouraged to continue limiting in-person contact with others and to expand their social contact cautiously. Gathering remotely continues to be the safest way to interact with those outside a household or residence.   
  • Go outdoors. Public health guidance suggests that the risks of transmission of COVID-19 are greatly reduced outdoors as opposed to indoors. Where possible, Illinoisans are encouraged to conduct their activities outdoors. 
 We have all been entrusted to serve and support Illinois residents. This is a solemn and significant responsibility – especially now.
Thank you -- as always -- for your service and commitment. 
 Grace B. Hou
Secretary, IDHS

Managed Care Plan Rate Increase for Behavioral Health Services
Federal Partners & Updates:             

From Hotel to Home

Exploring Hotel/Motel Acquisitions as a Housing Strategy for
People Exiting COVID-19 Shelters

Many communities have taken bold action to help people experiencing homelessness move into temporary settings, such as hotels, motels, trailers, and large public arenas, in response to COVID-19. As we move beyond the crisis we must not return thousands of residents to the streets after the pandemic. One commonly proposed option is to acquire the hotels and motels where people are temporarily living. From Hotel to Home: Key Considerations for States and Local Jurisdictions Exploring Hotel/Motel Acquisitions as a Housing Strategy for People Exiting Covid-19 Shelters outlines six considerations to take into account when exploring this option, including initial feasibility questions to ask about hotel/motel acquisitions and the importance of exploring multiple re-housing strategies.

Register Now for: Promising Practices and Resources for Quarantine Hotels

Free Webinar
Thursday, June 11
2:00 PM EST

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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