A Message from the SHPA Executive Committee Chairperson
It is with sadness but also pride, that we announce that Lore Baker, our highly valued Executive Director, will be departing SHPA at the end of this month. Lore has accepted a position in the Governor’s Office as Statewide Housing Coordinator. While this is a significant direct loss for our organization, the field as a whole will benefit greatly with Lore as an advocate for Supportive Housing and related issues in the seat of state wide decision-making. Throughout the years that Lore has served SHPA we have continued:
As President of the SHPA Executive Committee, I speak for the entire committee to ensure you that we will commit all necessary resources to continue the efficient and effective operations of the association while we search for a new Chief Executive. Please continue to contact SHPA in the same manner as always. Should you have difficulty: Mike Bach, in the Springfield office, can be contacted at (217) 528-9814, and in the Chicago office, you can reach Aaron Eldridge at (312) 202-0254 or Johnna Lowe at (312) 202-0256. We will continue to keep you informed of our progress in the hiring process and our plans to honor Lore’s service to our field.
Please join us in wishing Lore the best of luck in her new position!
Felix Matlock, Mercy Housing Lakefront
SHPA Executive Committee Chair
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is a strong force of over 115 member organizations, individuals, businesses and Continua of Care across the state of Illinois that provide and promote supportive housing. SHPA’s members daily save over 10,106 men, women, and children from homelessness and unnecessary institutionalization.
affordable housing with support services, ends homelessness for individuals and families. Supportive housing replaces institutional settings for people with disabilities. It gives people a place to call home and support to re-build their lives, in a cost-effective way.
NEW FEATURE: The Connect to Work Matrix was developed by the Supportive Housing Providers Association of Illinois (SHPA) through its Connect to Work project. The Connect to Work project was supported by a grant from the Butler Family Fund. For the project SHPA hired a consultant and appointed an Advisory Council of respected researchers and practitioners. To create the Matrix we identified, described, and categorized more than 80 best and/or promising employment practices. The practices came from model programs, from research, and from discussions with experts. We then placed these practices on an interactive website. The Matrix Guide is intended for management-level staff to assist them in creating employment skills programs for persons experiencing or emerging from homelessness. Click HERE for the PowerPoint presentation. Click HERE for the webinar link.