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03/22/2021

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         DAY 1                                                           Day 2
         10:00am - Resident Session                     10:00am - Legislative Policy Forum
         12:45pm - Welcome                                   1:00pm - Administrative Policy Forum
         1:00pm - Evidence based Practices         3:00pm - SHPA Advocacy Kick-Off 
         3:00pm - Medicaid & Blended Management   

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONFERENCE DETAILS 

Discount offered to SHPA Members
Supportive Housing Residents join for FREE

SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

Resident Session
Topic: Using Lived Experiences to Spark Change 
Residents of permanent supportive housing tell thier stories to make a difference in thier lives, the lives of others and with our legislators. These stories can shed light on important issues, such as what it is like to experience homelessness, live with mental illness or other disabilities.

Presenters:
Marketta Sims - Community Activist

Charles Lewandowski - Community Activist


Evidence-Based Practices
This session will begin with an introduction of the Evidence-Based Practices, Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Services, and Housing First & Harm Reduction followed by presentations by field practioners on day to day implementation of these practices.

Presenters:
Tom Kinley - Heartland Alliance
Fred Maclin - Amita Health: Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance
Nicole Warner - Cornerstone Services 

Medicaid & Blended Management
This session will offer an update on the Illinois Medicaid 1115 Waiver / 1915(i) State Plan Amendment, Component 2-Housing Supports which includes the pre-tenancy and tenancy supports and the limitations of the current proposal. How Medicaid can be used as an alternative service revenue source, while offering further insights on how property management and case management staff must work together to ensure successful tenancy and case outcomes
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Presenters:
Johnna Lowe - CSH
Julie Nelson - CSH
Marcella Maquire - CSH


 

Thank you to our event sponsor:    
SHPA ADVOCACY CORNER
 
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SHPA Supports

SB1707 HB449 - Housing is Recovery Pilot 
SHPA is a partner on this project and a member of the Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives (HMHL) team who has been working to pass this bill since last year. Housing is a path to stability and recovery for a person with a serious mental illness or addiction living on the streets, and prevents incarceration, institutionalization, and overdose death. This pilot program provides a bridge rental subsidy and adopts a housing first model for individuals at risk of institutionalization or at risk of overdose deaths. Please, read the attached fact sheet for more information.  Also, there is an important amendment to this bill that aligns the definition of serious mental illness with DMH’s definition used throughout other services/programs.
  • HB449 has passed through the House to the Senate under SB1707
  • SB1707 is being heard 03/23/21 at 5:00p Virtual Room 3
  • Submit witness slip before Tuesday, March 23 at 5:00p
SB0668 / HB2877 - COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program
Creates the COVID-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act. Contains provisions for: the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance program; accessibility and transparency; process for further prioritizing applicants for financial assistance and housing stability services; and required notifications and correspondence. Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Makes changes concerning the sealing of court files. Provides that certain new provisions concerning sealing of court files in a residential eviction action apply until August 1, 2022. Contains provisions for: the sealing of a court file in a residential eviction action; emergency sealing of a court file in a residential eviction action during the COVID-19 emergency and economic recovery period; and a temporary COVID-19 stay of certain foreclosure proceedings and filings. Makes corresponding changes to a provision regarding demand for rent and eviction actions. Makes corresponding changes in the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Effective immediately.
  • HB2877 passed through the House to the Senate under SB0668
  • SB0668 assigned to the Judiciary Committee
  • No Action to be taken at this time
HB2944: HA1/SB347 SA1 

HB2775: Statewide Source of Income Protections
  • This bill amends the IL Human Rights Act to create new housing protections against source of income discrimination. It also amends the Eviction Act to allow a legal defense against an eviction if the owner refuses to participate in emergency rental assistance programs, like the IL Homeless Prevention Program and the COVID relief programs offered by Cook County and the state. See attached handout for more information.
  • Sponsor: Rep. La Shawn Ford and Rep. Lindsey LaPointe (House) and Sen. Ram Villivalam (Senate)
  • Submit witness slip before Tuesday, March 23 at 10am
 
SHPA TRAINING CENTER


Show Your Work

“If It’s Not Written Down it Didn’t Happen!”
 
Description:
Documenting Service and Program Effectiveness is critical to know your programs accomplishment and effectiveness. Effective use of the financial resources is becoming more important, especially as funding sources are becoming harder to secure. Accurately documenting services shows the value of supportive housing and provides data and statistics to advocated for more funding.  The latter part of this training will be specific to the quarterly services and financial reporting required of IDHS Supportive Housing Homeless Services grantees.
 
This Training will provide:
  • Important documentation tips & tricks;
  • Review quarterly reporting processes and highlight key areas;
  • Discussion to ensure that the services provided and documented are reflecting in funding reports; and
  • Lots of opportunity for Peer Sharing and Q & A
Audience:
This training is appropriate for case management staff, supervisors and staff responsible for service documentation and completing service & financial reports. The latter part of this training will be specific to the quarterly services and financial reporting required of IDHS Supportive Housing Homeless Services grantees.
 
Facilitator: SHPA Staff

Fees:
Free with code for SHPA Members & IDHS-SHP Grantees 
$50 - all others

Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00a

   Sponsored by:
    
ILLINOIS CAPITOL AFFAIRS
 
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.  
 
Illinois e-News Release:
ILLINOIS HUMAN SERVICES
& PUBLIC HEALTH
 


FY22 GRANT RENEWALS 
 
The Illinois Department of Human Services Homeless Services grant information is now available for Fiscal Year 2022.
 
Please click below to visit the IDHS page for Family and Community Services grant information.  The site has a listing of funding opportunities, links to the grant applications, and links to other useful information.
 

 Family and Community Services Grant Information - for FY2022
Then you can scroll down to Adult Services and Basic Supports.
 
 CSFA #          Program                                                 Contact
444-80-0656  Emergency & Transitional Housing    Rodney.J.Collins@Illinois.gov
444-80-0657  Homeless Prevention Program          Darcie.Hannah@Illinois.gov
444-80-0658  Supportive Housing Program             Angela.Campo@Illinois.gov

  
To the right of each CSFA number, you will be able to access the Uniform Grant Application, Programmatic Risk Assessment, and additional information for that grant.  Please see below for details. (links attached)
 
     CSFA #                                        Grant                              Grant #                 PRA
 444-80-0656  Emergency & Transitional Housing Program    GA-0656            PRA-0656
 444-80-0657  Homeless Prevention Program                         GA-0657            PRA-0657  
 444-80-0658  Supportive Housing Program                            GA-0658            PRA-0658

The following items are due by the close of business on
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

ALL DOCUMENTS THAT NEED TO BE SUBMITTED VIA EMAIL SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SHARED HOMELESS SERVICES EMAIL ADDRESS, HERE: DHS.HomelessServices@illinois.gov
Be sure to include the CSFA number and program name in all submissions. 
  1. Program funding plan
  2. Uniform Grant Application (UGA)
  3. Programmatic Risk Assessment (PRA)
  4. Pre-qualification completion
  5. GATA Uniform Grant Budget
  6. Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ)
The program funding plans for all three programs (ETH, HP, and SHP) must be entered into the Illinois Homeless Reporting PortalException: if you are a NEW Homeless Services provider this year, your funding plan will not be available in the portal.  Please reach out to your appropriate program contact.  Homeless Prevention applicants only; please reach out to your Continuum of Care of additional instructions.  The ETH and SHP programs are in a renewal year and will not be competitively bid or open to new applicants.  ETH and SHP applicants; please use your FY21 funding amount.  HP applicants; please reach to your CoC for their recommended 2022 funding amount.
  1. The Uniform Grant Application (UGA) can be found on the Family and Community Services Grant Information PageFill out the appropriate form for each grant for which you are applying.  Submit via email to DHS.HomelessServices@illinois.gov .
  2. The Programmatic Risk Assessment (PRA) can also be found on the Family and Community Services Grant Information Page Fill out one for each grant for which you are applying.  If you are applying for more than one grant, you may want to take some screen shots of your completed PRA before submitting it to IDHS.  Though one is required for each grant application, many of your answers will be the same for each.
  3. Pre-qualification includes updating (or renewing or verifying) your DUNS and SAM numbers, Illinois Secretary of State status, registering with the GATA/CSFA system, and receiving an Illinois.gov log in ID if you have not already done so.  Information and links for each of these processes can be found here:  Grant Application Information and Instructions .  You can check your agency’s status in the Illinois GATA Grantee PortalYou do not need to submit documentation to Homeless Services for this step; we can see your pre-qualification status in our system.
  4. The FY22 GATA Uniform Grant Budget must be filled out in the CSA.  You can access the CSA here:  CSA Site.  For additional information on the CSA site, click HERE
  5. The FY22 Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ) will be filled out in the Illinois GATA Grantee Portal.  This is filled out once per grant year per grantee.  
If you have questions, please reach out to the appropriate program contact listed above.  We look forward to working with you over the next fiscal year, and thank you for all that you do.
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The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted the 2019 Supportive Living Cost Reports. You may view the reports from the following link:
 2019 Supportive Living Cost Reports (illinois.gov)

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted the DPH Updated Guidance for Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Facilities – Incorporating COVID-19 Vaccination Revised 03/19/2021. You may view the new document at the following link:
 https://www.illinois.gov/hfs/MedicalPrograms/slf/Pages/InfectiousDiseases.aspx

 
FEDERAL NEWS  
 
                                                           

US Interagency Council on Homelessness
 

HUD Exchange 

2021 SAMHSA SOAR March eNews
 
SSA Updates: Information from the Social Security Administration
 

New online service - Electronic filing of a representative's notice of appointment (e1696)

On March 8, SSA released a new service to allow representatives to initiate an SSA-1696 notice of appointment online where they and their claimants can complete, sign and submit the form electronically with no personal contact.
This is a two-step process the representative must initiate. Once the claimant completes the second step and submits the signed document, the service will automatically route the document for processing. This service will help expedite the appointment process and give representatives and claimants flexibility. We will continue to accept submissions of appointment notices via mail, eFax, or uploaded through our filing portals and Electronic Records Express as before.
Note: The e1696 requires valid e-mail addresses for both the repressentative and the claimant.

 
Read More and Begin an e1696
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Partner Webinar


 SAMHSA's Homeless and Housing Resource Center

Supporting the Mental Health and Treatment Needs of Individuals Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19

March 25, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. ET

 
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Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Applications Open Today!

Applications are now open for the Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program can pay up to 12 months of missed rent and utility payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments. Payments will be made directly to your landlord and utility company. 
 
Applications open March 11, 2021 and will be accepted until April 2, 2021.
 
Apply Here
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