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03/23/2020
COVID-19 UPDATES
 
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN REACHING AND RESPONDING TO OUR REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION.

SHPA ALONG WITH OUR PARTNER ASSOCIATIONS ARE WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES ON A REGULAR BASIS TO COMMUNICATE YOUR CONCERNS AND NEEDS

DHS AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE BEEN TAKING A VERY PROACTIVE APPROACH TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT YOU ARE FACING AND ARE RESPONDING AS QUICKLY AND APPROPRIATELY AS POSSIBLE!


On Friday IDHS Secretary Hou, made the following announcement:
  • Departments response and guidance to the Governors Stay at Home Executive Order
  • IDHS is making available $6M throughout the state to offer isolation housing for people experiencing homelessness through the local Continua of Care, and
  • Will be increasing existing homeless service providers funding by 5% to increase capacity during this crisis. 
You can read more at 3/20/20 - Message to Providers from Secretary Hou: COVID-19 (3/20/2020) & COVID-19 Budget Update & COVID-19 Expense Guidance

More details on these actions to follow. SHPA will distribute this information immediately upon release.


SHPA will continue to work with IDHS Homeless Services to address all needs of supportive housing providers including those funded by the Division of Mental Health to which similar actions are being requested as well as suspension and/or delays of SFY21 renewal applications and reporting requirements during this crisis. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
News from Springfield:
 
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. 

OTHER NEWS:
  • This weeks legislative session has been cancelled, and is unknown how the remaining schedule will be impacted. 
  • Gov. Pritzker - Stay at Home - EXECUTIVE ORDER
Federal/National News Updates:


National Alliance to End Homelessness: CLICK HERE

Sending a new message for the National Alliance to End Homelessness: There is an updated action alert to get Congress to dedicate more funding to homeless services. The advocacy is working, but Congress still isn’t considering enough emergency funding for homeless services. Please take action and send to others. If you have a relationship with your local Congressperson or Senator, reach out directly. More info below.
Thank you to everyone who took action this week to demand homelessness funding in the federal response to coronavirus. Nearly 3,000 people participated in the Alliance’s advocacy action, and we are grateful to every single person who expressed the urgency and importance of funding homeless services during the coronavirus pandemic. 
Since my last email, two major things have occurred: 

  • The Trump administration has asked for $400 million in Homeless Assistance Grants in upcoming supplemental appropriations. While this does acknowledge the dire risk to people without a home during this pandemic, it is not a sufficient response. 
  • Yesterday, Congress completed work on its second installment of emergency supplemental spending. Congressional leadership determined that funding for homelessness would not be provided in that bill, but could be considered as part of a third spending bill, which they are working on now and which may come up for a vote as early as this weekend.
  • Homelessness must be included in this upcoming legislation.


National Low Income Housing Coalition: CLICK HERE
After 12 hours of negotiations on Friday, Congress and the White House continue to scramble to reach a deal on a COVID-19 assistance package that is likely to exceed $1 trillion, with the goal of holding votes in Senate as soon as Monday.

It is critical that advocates continue to call their Representatives and Senators and urge them to include resources in the Coronavirus stimulus package to address the housing and health needs of people experiencing homelessness who are at the greatest risk of an outbreak. These needs are too urgent to wait! Recently, NLIHC and the National Alliance to End Homelessness increased our recommendation for the amount of funds needed to prevent an outbreak among homeless populations to $15.5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants. This new amount is based on a new, data-driven analysis (see attached) by Dr. Dennis Culhane, Daniel Treglia, and Ken Steif at the University of Pennsylvania; Randall Kuhn at the University of California Los Angeles; and Thomas Byrne at Boston University. For more information on this research, see the attached analysis. For more information on how Congress should address housing/homelessness during the pandemic, see DHRC’s full list of recommendations, which we will continue to expand and refine.

Join the more than 1,400 people who have registered for the NLIHC’s national call on COVID-19, housing/homelessness this coming Monday, March 23 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm ET. 

The full agenda for the call is attached, and you can register for the national call here: https://bit.ly/3b5PyzP

  • US Interagency Council on Homelessness: click here
 

CURRENT IDHS-SHP GRANTEES;
 
The Illinois Department of Human Services, Homeless Services grant information is now available for Fiscal Year 2021.  CLICK HERE

444-80-0656 - Emergency & Transitional Housing
444-80-0657 - Homeless Prevention
444-80-0658 - Supportive Housing Program


Funding Plans for FY21 are also available NOW in the Homeless Reporting Portal. The Funding Application can be found at: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspxitem=119579#a_AdultServicesandBasicSupports
 
Message from IDHS:

As we all work to navigate the situation surrounding COVID-19, we at IDHS appreciate that Illinoisans are facing unprecedented challenges.  We understand that many agencies are working with less staff and/or having staff work from home in order to increase social distancing.  To support these efforts, we are changing the due date for Homeless Services (ETH, HP, and SHP) FY21 grant applications.
 
We strongly encourage you to submit your application components as soon as possible, but recognize that you may need additional time.  Therefore, the new due date for these applications is Thursday, April 9th, 2020. 
 
Many IDHS staff will be working from home for the next two weeks, but we WILL still have access to email and voicemail.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions during this time.


If you need assistance please contact SHPA Staff at (217) 321-2476
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DIVISION OF MENTAL HEALTH  - Grant Renewals & Opportunities

NON-COMPETITIVE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

 
DMH Program Grant Title
CSFA Number GA PRA

Housing MI Supportive (220)
444-22-1482 GA 1482 PRA 1482


Due Date for Programs listed above April 15, 2020, 5:00 PM

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COMPETITIVE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

DMH Program Grant Title NOFO Number GA PRA Q&A
Juvenile Justice (121) 21-444-22-0631-01 GA 0631 PRA 0631 Q&A 0631
Regions Rural Behavioral Health Access (510-RBHA) 21-444-22-1182-01 GA 1182 PRA 1182 Q&A 1182
Juvenile Inpatient Forensic Services (515-JIFS) 21-444-22-1183-01 GA 1183 PRA 1183 Q&A 1183
Regions IPS Trainers (515-RIPS) 21-444-22-1185-01 GA 1185 PRA 1185 Q&A 1185
Regions Extended MISA Detox (515-RMSD) 21-444-22-1186-01 GA 1186 PRA 1186 Q&A 1186

 
WEBINAR

EVICTION PREVENTION
 
WILL PROCEED AS SCHEDULED

Date: Wednesday March 25, 2020
Time: 2:00p CST


REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY, MARCH 23


REGISTER HERE

SHPA Members - FREE
Supportive Housing Residents - FREE
IDHS Supportive housing (Homeless & DMH) Grantees - FREE
Non-Members & Others - $15.00


Training facilitated by:

For more information contact:
Aaron Eldridge Sr. at a.eldridge@shpa-il.org or
Jennifer Orban at j.orban@shpa-il.iorg 
you may also reach them by calling (217) 321-2476
Partner Updates, Events & More: 

ANNOUNCEMENT:
  • ICOY's Medicaid Technical Assistance Center (MTAC) has successfully held two in-person “How to Bill Medicaid Managed Care: A Training for Healthcare Providers” additional trainings being offered
    • Tuesday, April 7, Peoria, IL  – Register Now
       
      A recorded web version will also be available on March 6.
 
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
Continuum of Care News:
 

Interested in becoming a member of SHPA, click on the link above and contact David Esposito, Executive Director at d.esposito@shpa-il.org
 

Not a Supportive Housing Provider, yet want to support our work, click here for our 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities. 
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Visit our website for committee descriptions:

 
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Resident Committee - Fourth Wednesday of the Month @ 4:00p
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