Thank You Campaign
We don’t want to miss this opportunity to express our gratitude to the Leaders and every Member of the General Assembly who supported the budget and their commitment to the people of their district and across the State of Illinois.

SHPA has initiated a THANK YOU Campaign to say thank you to the leaders and members of the General Assembly who voted to approve the FY2020 Illinois State Budget which included the largest increase in funding for supportive housing services in many years. 

If you have not sent THANK YOU letters please do so it is not too late. Below are templates and other materials to help you. 

Thank you to those of you who have already sent us copies of the letters you've sent and if you've sent letters and have not forwarded them to us please do so.  
Click here for a template Thank You Note that you can use. Please place on your agency letterhead, fill in the appropriate information, and mail to your respective legislators district office (look up) thanking them for their support. Please feel free to add your own agencies experience(s) and/or residents stories to personalize the letter. Another nice touch would be to have staff and residents sign the letter with you. We also ask that you invite them to come and visit your programs. Should they accept the offer of a visit, please contact SHPA so we are aware and may assist as needed.
In addition, to the Thank You Note, we have attached a One Page Overview.  We ask that you include this one pager with your Thank You Note.

We have also attached the voting list for both the House and Senate that reflects those members who voted to approve the budget. Once again, we ask that the Thank You Note only be sent to those who voted in the affirmative.
Finally, we strongly request that you send a copy of the letter (via e-mail) to SHPA so that we can keep track of which members of the General Assembly have been thanked.
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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.
Chicagoland Regional Training 
Register Now !!


Training based on the 
CSH Dimensions of Quality

Coordination between Property Management & Supportive Services

The goal of this training to create dialogue around the distinction between Property Management and Supportive Services, their roles, and how to collaborative effectively in the supportive housing field. The training is targeted to direct services staff who want to learn best practices for the first time or who need a refresher, mid-management staff and executive staff who looking to incorporate best practices within their agencies.

Friday, June 28, 2019
10:00a - 1:00p
Catholic Charities
2601 W. Marquette Rd
Chicago, IL 60629

SHPA Members & IDHS Supportive Housing Grantees - FREE
Non-Members/Non-Grantees - $20.00

Training facilitated by:
For more information contact:
Aaron Eldridge Sr. at 
 or at (217) 321-2476 x1
Are you a Supportive Housing Provider in the Rockford or Surrounding Area

Registration Open for the next Storytelling Workshop

(see details below)
Supportive Housing Providers Association and
Housing Action Illinois
are excited to announce the next Resident Workshop
The seeds of change are found in everyday experience. The stories of people who live in supportive housing can shed light on important issues, such as what it is like to experience homelessness or live with mental illness or a disability.

Because of this, SHPA and Housing Action Illinois are partnering to bring a series of five free storytelling workshops throughout Illinois in the coming year. We want to help residents of permanent supportive housing explore how they can tell their stories to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

All workshop participants will have the chance to share their stories for publication online or in a print magazine.

Next Up:
Rockford (Katie's Cup) – July 18


Coming Soon:
Hillside (Suburban Cook County) – August 8
Chicago (Catholic Charities) – August 22

Each workshop will be four hours long (10:00a - 2:00p)
(lunch will be provided)

Registration is open for ALL LOCATIONS and is limited to 30 participants per workshop so don't wait REGISTER NOW !! 



More information contact:
Aaron Eldridge Sr. at
Jennifer M. Orban at

The "Storytelling for Change Workshops" are supported by the
Illinois Charitable Trust
Federal News:


from our federal advocacy partners at the
National Low-Income Housing Coalition


Join NLIHC, NHLP, and Representative Sylvia Garcia for June 26 Day of Action to Keep Families Together

Join advocates from across the nation for a Day of Action to Keep Families Together on June 26 to oppose HUD’s cruel proposal to force 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families – including 55,000 children who are U.S. citizens or have legal status – to separate or face eviction.

Individuals and organizations are invited to host comment parties on June 26 to voice their opposition to HUD’s proposal by the July 9 deadline. Advocates have already submitted more than 5,000 comments, and we need your help to generate even more!

As part of the Day of Action, Representative Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) will join us for a webinar at 2:00 p.m. ET on June 26! Representative Garcia has helped lead the fight against the proposed rule in Congress, introducing the “Keeping Families Together Act of 2019.” Her bill to block HUD from implementing the rule recently passed out of the House Financial Services Committee.

Register for the Webinar Now!

Day of Action to Keep Families Together

Despite claims from HUD Secretary Ben Carson and the Trump administration, current law, regulation, and practice already ensures that ineligible immigrants do not receive housing assistance. By HUD’s own admission, its “mixed-status” immigrant proposal would provide no benefit to families on housing waiting lists and could lead to the eviction of 55,000 American children and their families.

NLIHC, the National Housing Law Project (NHLP), and other national leaders urge you and those in your network to join us in opposition to this cruel proposal. Host a comment party on the June 26 Day of Action to Keep Families Together to engage your network and allow people with limited access to the internet an opportunity to make their voices heard!


Get Started Today!

To help you get started, NLIHC and NHLP created a Comment Party Planning Toolkit with tips and resources to plan a successful comment party. 

Other materials – including a new Myth vs. Fact factsheet, a Spanish language commenting portal and fact sheet, a social media toolkit, and more – are available at our campaign website –
Comment Now!


ake an Impact While You're In Washington 


SHPA along with Alliance to End Homelessness of Suburban Cook County, Matthew House of Chicago, and our Lived Experience Advocate will be your State Captains for Capitol Hill Day 2019.

Hill Day is one of the most important ways to engage in federal advocacy to help end homelessness, and, your voice is important! Through face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress and their staff, you have an opportunity to establish and build relationships with congressional offices; educate elected officials on success and progress at home; and encourage them to work in support of programs and funding to end homelessness.

By this time, you should have received an announcement e-mail from your State Captains. State Captains are conference attendees just like you; they're also the leader(s) in your state who schedule and coordinate your attendance in constituent meetings. Your State Captains will ensure you have everything you need to advocate for funding and programs that prevent and end homelessness.

Federal Policy Priorities

  • HUD Homeless Assistance Grants:  $3 Billion
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance:  $24 Billion
  • Homes for Our Heroes Act (HR 7022):  Introduced by Rep Peters (CA-52), this bill seeks to expand HUD-VASH eligibility to veterans who are not dishonorably discharged, but who have not received supportive housing services from Veteran’s Affairs, and greater transparency about implementation.  This bill has bipartisan support.  Learn more about HR 7022 here.
  • Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act (S.923): Encourage legislators to move this bill through committee.  This bill also has bipartisan support.  Learn more about S. 923 here.

Now all we need is you to join us for the 2019 Capitol Hill Day!

If you are registered for the Conference and wish to participate in Capitol Hill Day please contact David Esposito at or via phone at (217) 321-2476 x2.  

Partner Updates & Other News: 

Congratulations to Board Member Kevin Nowlan read more here

Heart of Illinois Continuum of Care Executive Director Update:
Kate Green has been announced as the new Executive Director of the Heart of Illinois Continuum of Care and will start on July 1. Kate has been a part of the City of Peoria's management team since March 2013.  She will bring an excellent skill set of strategic planning, project management, critical thinking, consensus building and process improvement to the position. The CoC Governing Board has no doubt that she will be able to advance our community's awareness of the Continuum's work and services as well as identify and execute on opportunities for continued improvement.  CONGRATULATIONS to KATE!

New Resource(s):

For those interested, the National Council just put out a Guide to Long Acting Medication. It is useful for people working particularly with people unstably housed as an alternative to medication tablets. The Justice involved population and those leaving and trying to remain free from institutional care can often use these medication as a way to remain in the community. All of these medication require vigilant monitoring of side effects. This is a nice document that lists all the long acting medications in one document and allows you to talk to family and individuals about options available and their relative safety. Guide to Long-Acting Medications

Employment Opportunities:
Executive Director of EverThrive Illinois. EverThrive Illinois addresses the racial and economic health disparities faced by mothers and children in the state of Illinois.  Started initially in 1988 as the Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition.

Executive Director of Franciscan Outreach. Franciscan Outreach is the state’s second largest provider of homeless services in the state of Illinois.  Based in Chicago, Franciscan Outreach provides safe shelter, meals and case management services to nearly 400 people on a nightly basis. Franciscan Outreach recently sold its legacy building and is poised to embark on the construction or rehab of a new facility that will serve the community.

Community Events:
A Safe Haven
will be holding their 9th Annual 5K Run to End Homelessness, Saturday July 13 at 8:30a Find out more and register at


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 - Second 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 @ 10:00a

(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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The Woods Fund, Chicago Community Trust, Harris Family Foundation, and the
IL Department of Human Services

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