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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Show Your Work “If It’s Not Written Down it Didn’t Happen!”
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
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
Free with code for SHPA Members & IDHS-SHP Grantees
$50 - all others
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.
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.
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)
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.
Program funding plan
Uniform Grant Application (UGA)
Programmatic Risk Assessment (PRA)
GATA Uniform Grant Budget
Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ)
The program funding plans for all three programs (ETH, HP, and SHP) must be entered into the Illinois Homeless Reporting Portal. Exception: 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.
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.
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 Portal. You do not need to submit documentation to Homeless Services for this step; we can see your pre-qualification status in our system.
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.
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.
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.
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 to12 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.