October 20th 

What's next, title of Media Arts 2015 student show	University of Illinois-Springfield
One University Plaza

Public Affairs Building- Rooms C & D

Springfield Ill.


What's Next?

Supportive Housing Providers have been under enormous stress as the budget impasse drags on. Residents of supportive housing are uncertain about the future of their living situation. It's difficult to look ahead when your concern is the day-to-day struggle to keep the doors open. But - look ahead we must - in order to prepare for the post-budget impasse future.

 What should we anticipate? What direction will the new Administration at DHS and in state government consider to be important?  In what direction is the federal government going? What steps can we take to lift our organizations away from financial duress? How can we plan for a more stable environment for our residents, our staff, our organizations?

 These are the questions that will be addressed in this year's Annual Meeting. Join us for the conversation. Meet and interact with the new Directors of the Department of Human Services' Division of Mental Health and Division of Family and Community Services. Get briefings on the budget impasse and learn about the federal directions for supportive housing and Medicaid. And, join us for lunch as part of the day's program. See you there! 




 Budget Impasse, Big Budget Cuts, Not Enough Revenue  


The FY 2016 Budget proposed by the Governor would devastate the human service safety net in Illinois.
  • Supportive housing for the homeless would be eliminated;
  • Supportive housing for mentally ill individuals would be cut by $9 million;
  • 10,300 people would be impacted by this proposal, with an estimated 5,000 re-entering homelessness as a result of this action;
  • $40 million in federal matching funds previously leveraged by state funding would be forfeited; 
  • Sky-rocketing of Medicaid health service spending would result as thousands;
  • of individuals lose the stability of their supportive housing and begin to seek emergency care at hospital emergency rooms,
  • are admitted at higher frequency to hospital settings, are placed in nursing homes at higher frequency and are incarcerated more frequently.

See the SHPA ADVOCACY webpage above for more information.


Support a Revenue Solution!

SHPA asks for your supportive of full funding for supportive housing. Advocate with your Lawmakers and ask them to support full funding and to support a revenue solution for the state that will allow for full funding of supportive housing services. 

Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) is a strong force of 95 member organizations, individuals, businesses and Continuums of Care across the state of Illinois that provide and promote supportive housing.  SHPA’s members daily save over 12,000 men, women, and children from homelessness and unnecessary institutionalization.
Please note SHPA's new address - 206 S. 6th Street, Springfield, Il. 62701
Supportive Housing is  affordable housing with support services, designed to end homelessness for individuals and families and replace 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.

Vote Yes! for Supportive Housing!!         




Medicaid for Supportive Housing Services on the Horizon!   

Please pay attention to policy changes that are occurring at the federal level that open the door for consideration of Medicaid coverage of housing-related activities and services for individuals with disabilities (yes, including people who are experiencing chronic homelessness). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are currently soliciting comment on a proposed regulation that would permit states to modify their state Medicaid plan or seek a waiver of Medicaid regulations to permit coverage of supportive housing services. It’s time to take next steps in considering housing as healthcare.

See the new HUD Informational Bulletin about Medicaid coverage for supportive housing services! 

Emergency Solutions Grant - Webinar

The ESG program provides funding to:

(1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;

(2) improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;

(3) help operate these shelters;

(4) provide essential services to shelter residents,

(5) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and

(6) prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.

Click the link below for the ESG Webinar

 2014-10-24 10.00 ESG TRAINING WEBINAR.wmv

Connect to Work (

The Connect-to-Work Matrix was developed by the Supportive Housing providers Association of Illinois (SHPA) through it 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 SHPA 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. These practices were then placed 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.

Click HERE to hear personal testimony from Chris.

Click HERE  to hear personal testimony from Venus about the program. 

Click HERE to hear personal testimony from Antoinette.

Click HERE to see personal testimony from Patricia.

Click HERE and HERE to access the training materials.

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