In addition to the Emergency and Transitional Housing - E&TH (formerly known as Emergency Food and Shelter - EF&S) Program, Homeless Prevention Program, Supportive Housing Program, Homeless Tax Write-In Program, Emergency Food Program, TANF Food Purchase Program and the Hunger Relief Tax Check-Off Program, there are several special projects related to housing, homelessness and health. The projects are described below.

A. Special Projects

  1. Monthly Provider and Program Participant Publication:  A not-for-profit organization contracted by IDHS will be responsible for researching funding sources or programs authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act as well as other State, Federal or private funding sources. In addition, this organization will:
    1. collect and disseminate monthly, information of general interest to those who assist homeless persons; and provide technical assistance, provide web-based training access, and/or provide program participant assistance; and
    2. monitor legislative, programmatic and funding developments pertaining to State, Federal and private provider's and also analyze developments and publicize pertinent information in a monthly magazine and in bulletins; and
    3. track developments in Federal and State programs that may have consequences for homeless services provider funding sources or eligible activities; and direct client service; and
    4. record and report financial and program information in the form of a quarterly report to fully insure accountability to the State of Illinois; and
    5. participate in the associations and organizations that plan and deliver homeless programs and services including the Illinois Homeless Policy Academy, the Supportive Housing Provider Association, Continuum of Care meetings, the Statewide Housing Action Coalition, Rural Partnership, and the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program; and 

      The organization will submit quarterly reports on work activity performed. The total contract amount is paid upon execution of the contract each year.

  2. Indigent Pharmaceutical Program:  The program assists individuals by coordinating the efforts of the participant, their physician and pharmaceutical companies. The program processes all of the paperwork necessary for physicians to process qualified individuals into charitable programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. The participants are able to receive free prescription medication monthly directly from the drug manufacturer for as long as they remain qualified for the program. Most pharmaceutical companies have indigent programs that provide medication free of charge but they have made the process so complicated that most physician's staff cannot handle the excess paperwork.

    The non-profit agency contracted by IDHS provides quarterly fiscal reports to IDHS to assure accountability. The total amount of the contract is paid as negotiated by IDHS.

  3. Technical Assistance:  A special project is managed by an agency to provide technical assistance to homeless providers across the State of Illinois.

During the fiscal year, both ongoing and new special projects may be required to address the varying needs of the participants served by the Bureau of Basic Supports as well as any related needs of the Department.  Services will be negotiated individually and may be restricted to target populations, specified communities or geographical areas.  The Department shall establish terms and conditions regarding payment and program requirements.