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Eileen Higgins – Catholic Charities (Chicago)
David A. Harrison – Madison County Community Development (Madison County)
Lisa Kuklinski – Heartland Alliance (Chicago)
Standards & Best Practices
Armando Smith – Housing Forward (Cook County)
Meg Martin – South Side Office of Concern (Peoria)
Maurice Silmon – Alexian Bros. Bonaventure House (Chicago)
What are the SHPA Committees?
Legislative and Advocacy Committee: The Legislative and Advocacy committee keeps its ear to the ground on
state and federal issues affecting supportive housing and its stakeholders. The committee keeps the
membership abreast of proposed and pending legislation, changes in current funding and policies,
administrative agency policy issues and lets us know when action is needed and develops advocacy campaigns
as needed. If you’re an advocate or want to learn how to be an advocate this committee is for you. The
committee meets by phone on the last Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m.
Governance Committee: The Governance committee makes decisions about SHPA‘s internal operations. The
committee shapes the association’s by-laws, committee structure, membership structures policies and more.
As a member of this committee you will have the opportunity to guide the growth and strengthen SHPA and its’
membership. The committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m.
Standards and Best Practices Committee: The Standards and Best Practices committee is responsible for
establishing best practices based on the Illinois Dimensions of Quality and other sources to help supportive
housing programs meet the highest standards in the field. Committee members can study best practices in
areas such as Continuum of Care, HEARTH Act, Harm Reduction, and Housing and Healthcare. We encourage
members to use these standards in their programs. The Committee also helps set the topics for the semiannual
conference, regional workshops or other trainings as needed. This is a great opportunity to learn and
share practices to help your agency and agencies throughout the state strive for service excellence. The
committee meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Residents Committee: The Residents committee consists of Residents from the membership and direct service
staff who work with residents on issues related to advocacy, leadership development, and civic engagement.
We discuss the various campaigns and projects within the Residents Program, how Residents can support the
legislative work of SHPA, and peer to peer communication about what is happening in the various communities
around the state. The committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m.