Assisting People Applying for SSI/SSDI Disability Benefits





Two sets of dates and locations to choose from:

June 3 and 4, 2015                               June 25 and 26, 2015

Rend Lake College Market Place           Ford Heights Service Organization

321 Potomac Blvd.                                943 E. Lincoln Highway

Mt. Vernon, Il.                                       Ford Heights, Il.   


Showing Your Work Through Reporting:

Documenting Services and Program Effectiveness and Completing IDHS Bureau of Homeless Services and Supportive Housing Quarterly Report

Service funders, including the IDHS Bureau of Homeless Services and Supportive Housing, only know what your program is accomplishing and the services made available to households by providing accurate reports and thorough documentation. 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 written down, it didn't happen! To show the value of supportive housing and advocate for additional funding, those reports are then compiled into a comprehensive document provided to our state legislators. IDHS has notice over the past few years that services has been declining while funding has been increasing, currently we don’t have a good reason why.
This training will provide:

• Important documentation tips and tricks;
• Review the quarterly reporting process, highlighting key areas;
• Discussion to ensure that the services provided and documented are reflected in funding reports; and 
• Time for lots of questions and discussion.

This training is appropriate for case management staff, supervisors, and staff responsible for completing funding reports. SHPA staff will be leading the training. 




When:     June 5, 2015

Where:     Rend Lake College, Rm. 354A 

321 Potomac Blvd.
Mt Vernon, IL.



 New Governor, Spring Session, Tight Budget, Big Budget Cuts  

The FY 2016 Budget proposed by the Governor would devastate the human service safety net in Illinois.
  • Supportive housing for the homeless would be eliminated and
  • Supportive housing for mentally ill individuals would be cut by $9 million.
  • 10,300 people would be impacted by this proposal, with an estimated 5,000
  • re-entering
  • homelessness as a result of this action
  • $40 million in federal matching funds previously leveraged by state funding
  • would be forfeited and
  • Sky-rocketing of Medicaid health service spending would result as thousands
  • of individuals lose the
  • stability of their supportive housing and begin to seek emergency care at
  • hospital emergency rooms,
  • are admitted at higher frequency to hospital settings, are placed in nursing
  • homes at higher
  • frequency and are incarcerated more frequently.


Support a Revenue Solution!

SHPA asks for your supportive of full funding for supportive housing. Advocate with your Lawmakers and ask them to support full funding and to support a revenue solution for the state that will allow for full funding of supportive housing services. 

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!!         



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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