HAPPY NEW YEAR
It's A New Year how about a New Look
   
SHPA is excited to present our New Logo

This is one of many exciting things that are to come in 2018 !

Renew or become a member to be a part of these exciting changes 

 

2018 Membership Application

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Membership has its Privileges!

Join SHPA Today!

 "Alone we can do so little.  Together we can do so much."

~Helen Keller~
 

Members of SHPA have one common goal: To ensure that every man, woman and child has access to quality housing and supportive services as needed in the least restrictive environment. We also share a common belief--that our goal to end homelessness is much more attainable if we work TOGETHER.

TOGETHER we have housed over 12,000 individuals across Illinois. TOGETHER we plan to create thousands more units of permanent supportive housing, enabling more people to have a place that they can call home.

Despite the bleak economic climate, SHPA has accomplished some remarkable feats in the past year. Look at just a few of the amazing things we did by working TOGETHER:  

  • negotiated an increase of supportive housing funding through the Legislature at 100% of FY 2015 funding levels, after the Governor proposed to eliminate all funding for supportive housing. 
  • Continued to advocate for successful implementation of the Williams v. Quinn Consent Decree for those who are inappropriately housed in nursing homes wishing to transition back into the community.
  • Provided high-quality training and technical assistance to supportive housing providers via webinars, in-person training, monthly conference calls and one-on-one support.
  • Partnered with Housing Action Illinois to continue the SHPA/HAIL Continuum of Care Committee, providing an ongoing forum for information exchange, brainstorming and advocacy for Continuums of Care in Illinois.
  • Successfully advocated for inclusion of supportive housing in the state's Section 1115 Medicaid waiver application to the federal government. Through SHPA's input, the waiver application identifies $60 million to be spent for "stable housing" over a five year period for individuals with "complex health issues", including mental health, substance abuse and homelessness.
  • And TOGETHER in 2018, we plan to accomplish so much more! 

We WILL continue to work to ensure the survival of our member organizations and increase of supportive housing funding. We WILL continue the fight for a responsible budget in Illinois. We WILL continue to connect SHPA members to state and national advocacy efforts—it is our united strength that has continued to get us the funding that we need.  Finally, through our  statewide and other regional meetings, we WILL continue to network, share, and inspire one other.

We hope that you can see the value in being a part of the SHPA family. By becoming a member of SHPA, you not only make an incredible investment in your own organization, you make and investment in a strong future for all of us. Every dollar saved from state cuts, every new unit of housing developed, every family no longer living on the street is a return on your investment. All of this is possible when we commit to working TOGETHER.

Contact David Esposito at d.esposito@shpa-il.org or Aaron Eldridge at a.eldridge@shpa-il.org to find out how you can join TODAY! 

 


 

   Get on Board with SHPA! Join a Committee  

Working Together, We Can Accomplish Anything!

 

One of the best ways to stay in the know with all things SHPA and permanent supportive housing is to get involved. SHPA has several standing committees and we are always looking for new, energetic members to join. See the detailed descriptions below. If you are interested in joining a committee or learning more about the work within the committee, please feel free to inquire via the contact information included with each committee. All committees meet via conference call.

Legislative Committee:

The Legislative committee keeps its ear to the ground on state and federal issues affecting supportive housing and its stakeholders. The committee keeps the membership abreast of proposed and pending legislation, changes in current funding and policies, and lets us know when action is needed. The committee meets on the first Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Contact committee Chair Lisa Kuklinski at LKuklinski@heartlandalliance.org or SHPA staff David Esposito at d.esposito@shpa-il.org for more information. 

Governance Committee:

The Governance Committee makes decisions about SHPA's internal operations. The committee shapes the association's by-laws, committee structure, membership policies, and more. It meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Contact committee Chairs Eileen Higgins at ehiggins@catholiccharities.net and David Harrison at daharrison@co.madison.il.us  or SHPA staff David Esposito at d.esposito@shpa-il.org for more information.

Standards & Best Practices Committee:

The Standards and Best Practices committee convenes to establish permanent supportive housing best practices based on the Illinois Dimensions of Quality and other pertinent sources. Involvement with the committee provides opportunities to learn and share practices to help your agency and agencies throughout the state strive for service excellence. The practices shared during meetings help shape SHPA training and technical assistance strategies. The committee meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Contact committee Chair Armando Smith at asmith@housingforward.org or SHPA staff Aaron Eldridge at A.Eldridge@shpa-il.org for more information.

Residents Committee:

The Residents committee consists of residents from the membership and direct service staff who work with residents on issues related to advocacy, leadership development, and civic engagement. The committee discusses the various campaigns and projects within the Residents Program, how residents can support the legislative work of SHPA, and peer to peer communication about what is happening in their various communities around the state. The committee meets on the third Tuesday or each month at 2:00 p.m. Contact Aaron Eldridge at A.Eldridge@shpa-il.org for more information.