Due to extended holiday vacation there will be no Monday Memo on 07/08/19
Are you a Supportive Housing Provider in the Rockford or Surrounding Area

Registration is Open for the next Resident 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

Thank You Campaigns Continues
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.

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.  

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. 
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.

Letter from Secretary Hou;

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is gearing up to ensure an accurate count of all communities in Illinois for the Census 2020. As you know, a census undercount could diminish Illinois’ representation in Congress and access to our fair share of federal funding.
Last week Governor JB Pritzker signed Executive Order 19-10 establishing a new Census Program within IDHS, and a bipartisan, bicameral Census Advisory Panel to guide its work. The Illinois General Assembly also included $29 million in funding for this purpose in Fiscal Year 2020. This group will focus on ensuring full participation in the Census 2020 through the distribution of a statewide Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). IDHS will invite participation from community organizations and local governments statewide.
The Census program will adhere to all Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) requirements. Efforts will focus on populations and geographies deemed “Hard to Count” by the U.S. Census Bureau. ("Hard to Count" is defined as a geography where the self-response rate in the 2010 decennial census was 73% or less.)
Before IDHS finalizes the NOFO, we want to learn about the experiences of community organizations and local governments across Illinois related to the census and the State grant-making process. Please take our short survey, which is intended to provide information for the development of the NOFO and to ensure maximum success for Illinois in the Census 2020 effort.
Responses to this survey are anonymous and no personal or organizational information is being collected from the questions.
Thank you in advance for your participation in the Census 2020 Survey -- We Want to Hear from You!
Grace B. Hou
Illinois Department of Human Services
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.
Federal Partners:

HUD Exchange:

Save the Date: Cross-System Partnerships to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness Webinar – July 8, 2019 - 1:30 PM EDT
Join HUD, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and representatives from Nashville, San Francisco, and Connecticut as they discuss their work across systems to prevent and end youth homelessness. The teams will talk about new and exciting partnerships between young people with experiences of homelessness, and people representing the homeless response system, schools, child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health systems. Come with your questions and an eagerness to engage in the conversation.
The audience for this webinar is anyone who is looking to improve system collaboration to address and end youth homelessness, including:
  • Youth with lived experience
  • Leadership or staff from the Continuum of Care, child welfare, and juvenile justice
  • Education liaisons
  • Other partners in the effort to end youth homelessness
Registration is not required. Simply join the webinar on July 8, 2019 at 1:30 PM EDT.
For questions, please contact Jenn Yang
Partner Updates & Other News: 

The Kennedy Forum is Hiring!
Attached is the position description associated with this. Please feel free to forward and post widely. Anyone who is interested in the position can email their resume and cover letter directly to me at

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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IL Department of Human Services

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