Announces & opens $1.5M funding program to support community-based organizations and residents across Illinois impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This crisis is bigger than just a public health emergency, and it is reaching into the homes and lives of countless people in Illinois, even those fortunate enough to remain healthy," said Steve Hamman, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. "We're continuing to ensure our members are informed about COVID-19 and have access to the care and coverage they need while also broadening our efforts to help make a difference in the lives of others, including those fighting on the front lines to keep our local communities safe.”
BCBSIL yesterday, opened a $1.5M funding program to support community-based organizations with missions focused on access to health care, hunger and shelter. The BCBSIL COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund will release $20,000 grants to organizations around the state. The program is designed to distribute the funds quickly to respond to the current health crisis.
  • April 15, 2020 – Application opens
  • April 24, 2020 – Application closes
  • Week of May 4, 2020 – Applicants notified of funding decisions
BCBSIL is also supporting non-profit organizations that serve our most vulnerable neighbors through a $1 million donation to Governor J.B. Pritzker's Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and $500,000 to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.

"The response to the COVID-19 health crisis has demonstrated the strength of our community as individuals and organizations across the Chicago region have come together for our neighbors in this time of need," said Sean Garrett, president and CEO of United Way of Metro Chicago. "We're thankful to work with key partners like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, the Chicago Community Trust, and the City of Chicago who are committed to getting Chicagoans access to the resources they need most daily.

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Use the invitation code: RELIEF

Virtual Training Opportunity:
Basics on COVID-19 Prevention, Screening, and Infection Control in Homeless Shelters for Shelter Operators and Staff
The Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with the Illinois Public Health Institute and healthcare and social service experts will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 5pm for Illinois homeless shelter staff that will provide an overview of basic prevention, screening, and infection control recommendations for the operation of homeless shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinar will include the following topics:
  • Examples of coordinated approaches between healthcare, social services, non-profit agencies, health departments, and local government agencies aimed at addressing the needs of the homeless population;
  • Screening, testing, monitoring, isolation, and quarantine protocols;
  • Infection control practices; and
  • Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
 To join the webinar please register at:
(Note: Training/information is provided to assist you in the absence of protocols from sources like your local health department. If you have other authoritative protocols, please use those)


Federal Partners:
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition: CLICK HERE
  • US Interagency Council on Homelessness: CLICK HERE

News from Springfield:

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Illinois E-News:
Federal/National News Updates:

FY2020 Collaborative Mental Health & Anti-Recidivism Initiativefunding opportunity for SOAR and Criminal Justice. Only state agencies are eligible to apply, interested parties would need to collaborate with the state. 

Due to COVID-19 the count for those experiencing homelessness has been pushed back to April 29 -May 1. CLICK HERE for more details. 

Message from DHS

Homeless Services Reports are due in the Illinois Homeless Reporting by the end of the day today, April 20. 
IDHS and the State of Illinois are continuously monitoring spending as we help agencies and citizens face the COVID pandemic; these reports are essential as we assess housing needs across the state. 

Need Cleaning Supplies? 

I talked to Amazon this morning about obtaining cleaning supplies that are being sold to medical facitlies only.  In order for a shelter to be eligible to obtain Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. your agency will need to create a business account with Amazon.  You can create a business account at the following link: .

You will need to complete a few questions and give detailed information about needing the supplies as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis.

SOARing Over Lunch: Monthly Calls to Enhance Your SOAR Knowledge

SOARing Over Lunch!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
1:00 p.m. ET

During this time of social distancing, we have added an additional SOARing Over Lunch call for the month of April! 
Our next SOARing Over Lunch call is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Please join us for this informal call to have your SOAR questions answered directly by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center! While there is no agenda set in advance for these calls, we do want your ideas! Please e-mail us at to submit any questions and/or topics that you would like us to discuss.
 ** These are listen-only calls.**
Participants will type questions into a chat box and listen to the presentation via computer speakers.
Choose Listen Only on the bottom right of the Join Audio Conference box.*
*If you don't have computer speakers, please contact us for phone access:
Add SOARing Over Lunch to Your Outlook Calendar
Continuum of Care News:
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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

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