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Join SHPA's Residents Program

We advocate to pay it forward! 

Where Supportive Housing Residents come together to use their voice to make positive change in their communities and their lives. 

 

The Residents Program at the Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) is designed to bring a unified voice for the individuals who live within the housing programs that are within the SHPA membership organizations. The goal is to give the consumers of permanent supportive housing a platform to advocate, be a component of positive change in their communities, and support and bring awareness to issues that specifically affect the consumers of permanent supportive housing in Illinois. 

Its one thing for staff and policy champions of supportive housing to work on policy change and advocate; its another thing for residents! The messaging has a larger impact and more authentic position when it comes from the consumers of supportive housing. The residents who advocate around the issue of ending homelessness can provide their personal stories and insight on how permanent supportive housing has transformed their lives.

Through the SHPA Residents Advocacy program, residents participate in activities like advocacy workshops, providing input on the issues included in SHPA's annual legislative priorities, and sharing best practices to help case managers improve their level of service.

How can residents get involved?

SHPA has a few ways in which Residents and Advocates of permanent supportive housing can get involved. 

  • Participate in our monthly conference calls where we discuss updates in our campaigns and learn from other residents who are advocating around issues in their various communities. 
  • Attend the Membership meetings. SHPA, with the support of the Woods Fund of Chicago SHPA has an Advocacy Account that covers the costs for residents who want to attend and participated in our Membership Meetings. Click HERE for the Advocacy Account Application. 
  • Participate in SHPA's Advocacy Actions by contacting your elected officials.
  • Participate in SHPA's Days of Action.
  • Host a conference call at your organization.
  • Schedule a Leadership Development Training at your agency.
  • Invite the Resident Education & Advocacy Coordinator to attend your next tenant council meeting or consumer group meeting. 

 

See pictures from the 2012 Residents Conferences

See pictures from the 2013 Residents Conference

 

Being a part of the Residents Program has an array of benefits for Residents and the agencies in which they live. Residents have the opportunity to:

  • Work on issues common to residents across the state.
  • Enlighten the communities where our supportive sing buildings are located, including developing strategies to improve relations between residents and neighbors.
  • Encourage each other’s participation in civic activities, including registering new voters, increasing voter turn-out and tenant council membership.
  • Learn from one another about how to increase participation for Resident related activities in their buildings and communities. 
  • Educate providers and ourselves about issues of concern to residents, for example, healthcare issues and tenants rights.
  • Gain ideas about how to organize meetings and other events in your building. 
  • Have an opportunity to visit your local, state, and national legislators. 
  • Learn how you can make things better in your neighborhood and in your community. 
  • Be aware of the latest advocacy battles.
  • Build relationships across Illinois.
 
 

 

To join the SHPA Residents Committee, contact:

Aaron Eldridge 
Northern Illinois Coordinator
Supportive Housing Providers Association
Phone: 312-202-0254
Email: a.eldridge@shpa-il.org

 

The Supportive Housing Providers Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the Woods Fund of Chicago in all our work with the residents of supportive housing.