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March 17, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Supportive Housing Providers Association, we are pleased to announce that Carlissa Puckett has been named the new Executive Director, effective April 1, 2014. She will succeed Lore Baker, who has taken a position working on housing issues for Governor Pat Quinn.

Carlissa Puckett was most recently the 20 year CEO of Sparc in Springfield IL.  Sparc is an agency that provides supports and services to over 500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  There she oversaw personnel operations related to a workforce of 160+ employees and contractual workers, developed an Outcome Measurement System and developed/ managed an operating budget up to $10 million.

Prior to her employment with Sparc, Carlissa spent four and one-half years with the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (IDMHDD), now part of Illinois Department of Human Services. 

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University and her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Administration and Services from Southern Illinois University.

Although she will start work on April 1, 2014, she will be formally introduced to the 120 member organizations of SHPA at our upcoming quarterly meeting on April 29th in Springfield.  She will work primarily out of the Springfield office of SHPA, but will also supervise SHPA staff and operations in SHPA’s Chicago office. 

Welcome Carlissa!


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The Supportive Housing Providers Association...

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.

Supportive housing...

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 FEATUREThe 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. 

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