The biggest challenge that most providers express about working with a voluntary services model is engaging tenants in non-mandatory services. In this session, attendees will learn about tips and strategies to develop relationships between tenants and supportive service providers through a cultural competency framework. This session will define how to use an assertive engagement approach and will also provide a space for attendees to share observations and examples from their work.

Thursday, January 16 at 2:00p


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 or
Jennifer Orban at j.orban@shpa-il.iorg 
you may also reach them by calling (217) 321-2476
As the Supportive Housing Providers Association enters a new year of advocacy, we would like to thank our dedicated members and partners for the excellent services they provide and for their hard work in advocating on behalf of Supportive Housing.     

SHPA 2020 Membership enrollment begins January 1
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. 

101st General Assembly, January - May, 2020:
Senate: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Senate Calendar
House: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - House Calendar

Monthly financial reports for reimbursement were due on Friday, December 20, if you haven't submitted your report please do so today. 
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is conducting the annual survey for Grantee and Grantor staff that are directly involved in the IDHS grant making process.
The survey is available at the links below the deadline for completing the survey is December 31. 2019.

To complete the survey, please follow this link: Take survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

Federal/National News Updates:

HUD Exchange News & Resources
Now Open: FY 2020 NOFA for Housing Assistance for Victims of Human Trafficking 
On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, OVC released the FY 2020 NOFA for Housing Assistance for Victims of Human Trafficking ( Opportunity number OVC 2020-17755). HUD encourages communities to work with organizations serving human trafficking survivors to explore housing challenges for this population and consider applying for this program. HUD is committed to continuing its work with DOJ and HHS to address the needs of trafficking survivors.

New Funding Available for current SSVF Grantees

A new Notice of Funding Availability from the Department of Veterans Affairs provides an opportunity to renew funding for existing Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program grantees. This NOFA will support applicants who seek additional funding for veteran programs using evidence-based practices.

The SSVF program served 70,500 veterans in 2019 alone, and has consistently enjoyed strong bipartisan support. Any community seeking funding is encouraged to apply immediately



  • National Alliance to End Homelessness: click here
  • US Interagency Council on Homelessness: click here
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition: click here
Partner Updates, Events & More: 


  • The Social IMPACT Research Center with Heartland Alliance (IMPACT):
Is leading a project focused on exploring current discharge and transition planning practices from DCFS and DJJ and identify ways that Illinois can better support youth to move towards housing stability post-transition. The project is part of the Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) grant, funded by SAMHSA and administered by IDHS-SUPR. IMPACT’s approach is grounded in youth experience. IMPACT is using a variety of data collection methods including national policy and practice scan, youth journey mapping, staff surveys and youth individual interviews to inform two different products. The first is a youth-driven electronic toolkit to support youth as they transition to independence. The second is a system map – for both DCFS and DJJ, with overlap- that visualizes system connections that should occur to support youth as they are transition into adulthood. This map will be accompanied by direct policy and practice recommendations. We are hoping to identify, with your help, youth (18-24) who have recently left DCFS and/or DJJ (in the past two years) to participate in individual interviews to inform this project across the state of IL. Please see attached flyer for contact information. Feel free to share widely. Please reach out to Callie Kaplan ( for any project-related questions.
  • Illinois Overdose Prevention Program (IPDO & SOR by County:
Supportive housing providers in Illinois serve some of the people at the greatest risk of dying from a drug overdose. People experiencing homelessness, people returning from incarceration, people exiting substance use disorder treatment, and people with chronic health problems like asthma or HIV are all more likely to experience an overdose death. One of the most important steps that someone can take to prevent an overdose death is carrying naloxone and teaching the people around them how to use it in the event of an opioid overdose. Supportive housing providers are uniquely positioned to link their participants with this life-saving resource.
The attached document provides contact information for programs that are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) to provide Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) services. Collectively, these programs ensure that OEND services are available in every county in Illinois. The programs can help establish access to naloxone for your supportive housing participants and staff. Please reach out to the OEND programs for the counties you serve to learn more about what your supportive housing program can do to prevent overdose deaths.
For more information, you can view this webinar, “What’s Your Agency’s Overdose Plan?”, which was presented as part of the CSH Addiction Services 101 webinar series.

Full link here:



DUPAGE PADS;  seeking a Director of Interim Housing

ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS OF SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY:  seeking a Coordinated Entry Program Director


News from The Preservation Compact, December 2019

Continuum of Care News:

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

(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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