Vote Yes! for Supportive Housing!!
New Governor-Elect Rauner will be sworn into office in January, followed immediately by the beginning of the 99th General Assembly. Two new Senators and 15 new Representatives will also be sworn in. On the docket for the Spring Session are several of the most challenging issues in Illinois history - a dramatic shortfall in revenues for the remainder of the fiscal year, ending June 30, 2015; the planning for FY 2016; a budget-busting Pension system financing problem; pressure for education spending and human service funding; uncertainty about the future of the state's Medicaiad Section 1115 Waiver process; and a host of other concerns. Buckle up for a very busy and very challenging Spring Session.
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 below for the ESG Webinar.
Join us for the SHPA Spring Meeting and Advocacy Day in mid April. The date is to-be-established. We are firming up scheduling for either April 20 and 21 or 27 and 28, 2015. We'll let you know as soon as the date is firmed up.
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. Click HERE to hear personal testimony from Chris and HERE from Venus about the program. Click HERE and HERE to access the training materials.
SHPA would like to thank our generous grantors The Woods Fund of Chicago and
The Chicago Community Trust