The 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. 


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!!         


Today's Features:
  • FY 2016 New Project Application

    Each year the Supportive Housing Providers Association solicits new supportive housing projects, in order to facilitate state and federal advocacy for service funding. Providers opening supportive housing projects in FY 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) are asked to request a project information form from and return the completed project information form to Aaron Eldridge, SHPA Northern Illinois Coordinator,  by November 30, 2014. If you have questions, please contact Aaron Eldridge at 312-202-0254 or Mike Bach at 217-875-5228.

    The Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) will use this information to compile a list of new supportive housing projects scheduled to open in the next fiscal year (FY 2016) and will use this list to advocate for service funding at the state and federal level.  Please include only projects that can reasonably open within the first half of the next fiscal year. (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016). 

  •  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 below for the ESG Webinar.

 2014-10-24 10.00 ESG TRAINING WEBINAR.wmv

  • "Show Your Work" training - four locations across the state.  See "Events" tab and "Calendar" above. 

    Service funders, including the IDHS Bureau of Homeless Services and Supportive Housing (BHSSH), only know what your program is accomplishing and the services made available to households by providing accurate reports and thorough documentation. To show the value of supportive housing and to advocate for additional funding, BHSSH compiles this data into a comprehensive document provided to our state legislators.

    Effective use of the resources- which can only be reported through tracking documentation- is becoming more important, especially as funding sources are being reduced at the federal, state, and local levels. To complete the IDHS Quarterly Reports, supportive housing providers must have properly documented engagements with households and services provided.  If it isn't documented, it didn't happen!

  •  Connect To Work Matrix (, 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.




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SHPA would like to thank our generous grantors  The Woods Fund of Chicago and

The Chicago Community Trust