SHPA Annual Meeting and Conference


November 15, 2016

10:30 am - 6:00 pm (Registration starts at 10:00 am)

The State House Inn, Governor's Ballroom

There’s no doubt…..

The state is in deep financial trouble and that trouble is affecting the residents and the field of supportive housing. We are focusing this year on “the state of the state” and “the state of supportive housing”.

Included in the Conference day will be:

    • Legislator presentations and a Q and A session
    • Discussion with leadership from DHS’ Divisions of Mental Health and Community and Family Services about the status of supportive housing funding,
    • A presentation from the Supportive Housing Statewide Work Group and,
    • A Legislative Reception, including a Reception Bar. (Drink tickets will be provided as part of conference participation.)
    • And Lunch is provided.

The State House Inn is Springfield’s premier downtown boutique hotel, located across the street across from the Capitol, near the Lincoln Presidential Library, a short walk from the Amtrak Train station. The Conference will be held in the Governor’s Ballroom.

A block of rooms have been set aside at the State House Inn for SHPA attendees. When you contact the State House Inn, tell them you will be attending the SHPA Meeting and receive a discounted rate.

 The SHPA Annual Meeting is supported in part by funds from the Chicago Community Trust, the Woods Fund and the Harris Family Foundation.


For more information contact Aaron Eldridge at (312) 202-0254


Budget Impasse, Big Budget Cuts, Not Enough Revenue! 
Stop Gap Budget Not Enough! 

 The Stop Gap Budget will permit supportive housing providers to remain on life-support rather than dying an organizational death. Without a full-funding solution, providers will not be able to sustain service delivery and Residents will slide toward a return to homelessness. Continue your advocacy. We need full funding for supportive housing.

Homeless Services:

General Revenue Funds (your tax dollars)


Health and Human Services Trust Fund





Mental Health Services:

General Revenue Funds


Special Projects” – General Revenue Funds






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.
Please note SHPA's new address - 206 S. 6th Street, Springfield, Il. 62701
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!!         




Medicaid for Supportive Housing Services on the Horizon!   

Please pay attention to policy changes that are occurring at the federal level that open the door for consideration of Medicaid coverage of housing-related activities and services for individuals with disabilities (yes, including people who are experiencing chronic homelessness). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are currently soliciting comment on a proposed regulation that would permit states to modify their state Medicaid plan or seek a waiver of Medicaid regulations to permit coverage of supportive housing services. It’s time to take next steps in considering housing as healthcare.

See the new HUD Informational Bulletin about Medicaid coverage for supportive housing services! 

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 the link below for the ESG Webinar

 2014-10-24 10.00 ESG TRAINING WEBINAR.wmv

Connect to Work (

The Connect-to-Work Matrix was developed by the Supportive Housing providers Association of Illinois (SHPA) through it 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 SHPA 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. These practices were then placed 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.

Click HERE  to hear personal testimony from Venus about the program. 

Click HERE to hear personal testimony from Antoinette.

Click HERE to see personal testimony from Patricia.

Click HERE and HERE to access the training materials.



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