Presentation on theme: "Creating the Atmosphere for Supportive Housing to Flourish in Illinois."— Presentation transcript:
Creating the Atmosphere for Supportive Housing to Flourish in Illinois
Where We Started What We Have Accomplished To-Date What We Did and What Worked
Our State Big City: Chicago Mid-sized Cities Very Rural and Impoverished Areas Great Geographical Distances
The Supportive Housing Scene 12 Supportive Housing Providers met monthly in Chicago as the Supportive Housing Providers Assoc. Each year what was left over in the state Human Services budget went to funding services in supportive housing.
If We Want a State Line Item for Supportive Housing Services, We Need to Be a Statewide Association!
We Formed a Statewide Association The Key: listening what people from outside of Chicago had to say without getting defensive. Using this information to form a NEW statewide association.
What Made SHPA a Real Statewide Association Made a commitment to meet quarterly in Springfield. Sliding-scale dues based dues on size of organization’s budget. All members on the Board of Directors. New association, not a continuation
What We Accomplished Since Going Statewide in 2000 Two line items in state general revenue budget funding supportive housing services, Totaling $13.84 million Funding services in 4,500 units of supportive housing SHPA now has 95 members, approx ½ in Chicago and ½ spread throughout the rest of the state.
What Worked Listening to our “Inside Allies” who told us how to present our issue. Be visual. Talk about cost savings and leveraging. Use the milking stool. Add the community mental health providers.
More of What Worked... Building SHPA relationship building relationships. Connecting providers with one another. Show casing members at quarterly meetings and in emails.
And Speaking of Emails... Making them as personal, statewide, and easy to read as possible. Using weather across the state and articles from newspapers across the state to connect everyone.
More about what seems to work with emails... Make the action as simple as possible to take. Ask people to email that they did it. Email a list of what everyone did. Use daily emails in hot times to build momentum.
Involving Residents They are the strongest spokespeople. They inspire staff and touch legislators. Resident Advocacy Trainings with residents helping to lead these trainings. Resident Newsletters
Using the New Supportive Housing Projects to Gain Legislative Allies Providers meet with legislators or have them visit to introduce them to their new project. SHPA asks these legislators to support the new funding.
Krispy Kremes and Supportive Housing Legislative Breakfast We have poster boards with staff and residents around the room. Each tell an aspect of supportive housing or show a new project. We ask the legislators to support the new funding.
Using our Quarterly Meetings To build community To showcase members, their supportive housing, their service delivery, etc. To recognize what members have done, advocacy, voters registration, get out the vote, etc.
Keeping Track of Advocacy Actions Members and Allies Complete and Recognizing Them for Taking these Actions.