Show Your Work “If It’s Not Written Down it Didn’t Happen!” Recording (click here) ________________________________________________________________
CONFERENCE RECORDINGS & MATERIALS AVAILABLE (click here) ________________________________________________________________
Next Community Event
2021 RESIDENTS CONFERENCE
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CORT Furniture introduces a new program the CORT & SUPPORTIVE HOUSING partnership. Here is how CORT Furniture can partner with your organization and meet your supportive housing needs. (click here for more details)
APRIL MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
ReVive Center for Housing and Healing (previously The Cathedral Shelter) has operated as a not-for-profit community-based service provider on the Near West Side of Chicago since 1915. Services are aimed to provide housing and support for people experiencing homelessness with disabilities and those at high-risk of homelessness. Cressey House opened as one of the first permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs in Illinois in 1998 serving individuals and families in the 28-unit program, as well as The Royalton Hotel’s 98-unit Single Room Occupancy. ReVive continues to explore strategies to serve the larger Chicago community including the recently opened Engagement Center, designed with and by ReVive residents to promote meaningful participation and peer support networks in a socially distanced space.
The Engagement Center is led by a Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapy team, who help support participation and engagement in meaningful roles related to individuals’ values, strengths and goals. Occupational therapy services offer opportunities to foster collaboration, self-advocacy, recovery and community integration.
The interdisciplinary supportive services team and volunteers foster an inclusive and empowering space to support community integration with neighbors and peers through a harm reduction approach. The Engagement Center is open to the broader community and fosters collaboration, social inclusion, and recovery as it is defined by each person.
ReVive’s Engagement Center is open to the community from 9am-4pm Mondays through Fridays and 12pm-4pm on Saturdays. ReVive has also partnered with Rush University to establish a free OT Drop-In Clinic offering physical and mental health specialization and collaboration with Devices 4 the Disabled to offer access to adaptive equipment or assistive devices (such as walkers, wheelchairs, canes, reachers). The OT team also offers training to increase ease in performing daily activities for people with disabilities.
The next OT Drop-In Clinic day will be on Saturday, May 8th from 12:30pm - 3:30pm.
We hope to see you there!
To learn more about the OT Drop-In Clinic and other services offered at ReVive’s Engagement Center, please visit our website, www.revivecenter.org or connect directly with our Lead OT, Andrea LeFlore at 847-868-3854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHPA ADVOCACY CORNER
Dear SHPA Members and Supporters,
SHPA requests its members and supporters join us and Spring into Action!
CALL YOUR LAWMAKERS and ask them to support a FY22 Budget Appropriation of $45 Million for Supportive Housing!
Attached is SHPA’s Action Tool- including a Call-In Script and How To- to help you connect with lawmakers! Don’t forget to clearly ask for the FY22 Budget Appropriation of $45 Million for Supportive Housing!
We are hosting a weekly Advocacy Debrief on Fridays at 9:00am. Start your morning connecting with other advocates throughout the state- and help Support Supportive Housing! If you are able, join us this Friday at 9:00am!
Thank you for your help! We are hoping to track how we’re doing on reaching out to the General Assembly on this issue—can you let me know if you were able to help out?
If you have any questions, please let me know!
WORKING TOGETHER, WE CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING!
___________________________________ For SHPA members- the SHPA Advocacy Committee Meeting Tuesday April 27 at 1:00pm
SHPA’s advocacy work loops together regional leadership and strong relationships, moving thought into action. The Advocacy committee is the action group that helps mobilize advocacy campaigns state-wide. The committee lifts up the needs related to Supportive Housing and SHPA’s ultimate goal – ensuring that every Illinoisan has a home that meets their needs in the communities they choose. SHPA is dedicated to state-wide advocacy with champions from communities across Illinois. The committee meets by phone on the Fourth Tuesday at 1:00 pm
For more information on this committee- please sign up here!
Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to working with you!
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.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new Provider Notice regarding Updated Family Support Program COVID-19 Guidance. You may view the new Notice from the following links: Provider Notices (illinois.gov)
HUD Withdraws Proposed Rule, Reaffirms Its Commitment to Equal Access to Housing, Shelters, and Other Services Regardless of Gender Identity
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that HUD is withdrawing the previous administration’s proposed rule that would have weakened the Equal Access Rule. The Equal Access Rule ensures that all individuals—regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity—have equal access to the Department’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs, shelters, other buildings and facilities, benefits, services, and accommodations. Read the full press release on HUD.gov.
Along with this announcement, HUD is releasing technical assistance resources prepared by technical assistance providers to HUD grantees. These resources will support HUD’s CPD grantees in implementing the Equal Access Rule. View the Equal Access technical assistance materials for shelter operators on theHUD Exchange LGBTQ Homelessness page:
New Tool Compares Most Recent Federal Homelessness Data with 2019
A new data dashboard from the Alliance's Homelessness Research Institute allows communities to compare homelessness from 2019 to 2020. The dashboard is based on Point-in-Time (PIT) Count data, and reflects both state- and Continuum of Care-level numbers and trends.
The time for collecting SOAR outcomes is right around the corner, and the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center wants to ensure that you and your community are prepared! The upcoming outcomes season will collect decisions received on SOAR-assisted applications between July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021. Our hope is that you are regularly logging into the Online Application Tracking (OAT) system and tracking outcomes throughout the year! Regardless of whether you’re a regular tracker or new to the process, here are some simple steps to take to make sure your outcomes are ready and up to date.
First, ensure that you are registered in the OAT system; if you are not, you can register here.
If you are new to tracking outcomes or want a refresher, we encourage you to review the OAT User Guide as well as a recent recording of the OAT Orientation webinar. During the orientation, we walk through entering a claim and answer participant questions. The next webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 20, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register for this event.
Why Outcomes Matter!
Outcomes are key to growing a successful SOAR initiative! Tracking outcomes ensures that your work and impact as a SOAR-trained case worker is documented, and it also contributes to your state’s overall outcomes. Strong outcomes can also lead to additional funding for SOAR dedicated case workers!