Who We Are
SHPA is a statewide (Illinois) membership association of non-profit providers of supportive housing (affordable housing plus services for individuals and families who have been homeless and/or have special needs). SHPA knits its members together into a strong state and federal advocacy voice for supportive housing resources and policies. We provide advocacy updates and connect supportive housing staff and residents to federal and statewide advocacy campaigns. We help our members achieve and sustain quality supportive housing by connecting them with training and technical assistance. For supportive housing residents, we provide training and opportunities to participate in advocacy and in the association. We connect members with each other and with national leaders at quarterly membership meetings.
SHPA’s mission is to strengthen the supportive housing industry, to enable the increased development of supportive housing, and to support non-profit organizations to develop the capacity for providing permanent supportive housing. We are dedicated to securing additional resources for supportive housing and to streamlining the process of developing and operating supportive housing. Members network with one another, access the latest information, and advocate at the state and federal levels, with the aid of Springfield lobbyists.
Aaron Eldridge, Sr.
Illinois Coordinator, Northern Region
(217) 321-2476 ext 1
Jennifer M. Orban
Illinois Coordinator, Central & Southern Region
(217) 321-2476 ext 3
Board of Directors
President: Felix Matlock – Mercy Housing (Chicago)
Vice President: Eileen Higgins – Catholic Charities (Chicago)
Treasurer: Ben Stortz – Cornerstone (Joliet)
Secretary: Phyllis Thistlewood – Light the Way, Inc (Metropolis)
Ann Bihrle – Mercy Housing Lakefront (Chicago)
Bill Nelson – Bridgeway, Inc.(Galesburg)
Frederick Maclin – Amith Health (Chicago)
Angelia Smith – Ford Heights Community Center (Ford Heights)
Armando Smith – Housing Forward (Suburban Cook County)
Lisa Kuklinski – Heartland Alliance (Chicago)
David A Harrison – Madison County Community Development (Madison County)
Meg Martin – Resident Services Leader (Peoria)
Maurice Silmon – Resident Services Leader (Chicago)