Interagency Task Force on Homelessness

Quarterly Meeting

September 14, 2023

Today's Discussion

  • Thanking Deputy Governor Sol Flores & Welcoming Incoming Deputy Governor Grace Hou
  • Welcoming New Members of Interagency Task Force on Homelessness
  • Welcoming Office to Prevent & End Homelessness New Staff
  • Task Force Business
  • Public Comment
  • Presentation & Discussion: Rural Homelessness in Illinois, Housing Assistance Council
    • Jonathan Harwitz, Director of Policy
    • Manda LaPorte, Research Associate
  • Closing

Thank You

Deputy Governor Flores


Welcome Incoming

Deputy Governor Hou

Welcoming New Members & Staff

New Members of Interagency Task Force on Homelessness

  • Representative Lillian Jimenez
  • Senator Adrianne Johnson
  • IDOC Acting Director Latoya Hughes
  • IDHS Secretary Dulce Quintero (October transition)

Office to Prevent & End Homelessness (OPEH) Team

  • Christine Haley, Chief Homelessness Officer
  • Kylon Hooks, Deputy Chief Homelessness Officer
  • Jeri Bond, Statewide Referral Network Waitlist Manager
  • LaTonya Butts, Communications Specialist
  • Billy (Wang) Lau, Technical Assistant
  • Nikita Robinson, Administrative Assistant
  • Kevin Roth, Data Analyst
  • Anna Spreitzer, Special Projects Coordinator

Home Illinois Fellows

  • To be created at IHDA, HFS, IDOC & IDPH

Staff On Assignment

  • Chris Hammond, Project Manager - Office of the Secretary
  • Ngoan Le, Senior Project Manager - Office of the Assistant Secretary
  • Arloa Sutter, Senior Policy Advisor- Office of the Assistant Secretary

Task Force Business

Home Illinois Highlights

Launch of Home Illinois

  • Budget Announcement of $85M new GRF (May)

Home Illinois Summit

  • First state conference on homelessness (June)

Signing of HB2831

  • Codifies ITFH, CACH & OPEH (July)

CACH Business

  • Community Advisory Council Recommendations to ITFH by November 15
  • Home Illinois Annual Report due December 1
    • OPEH team will be reaching out to staff to complete progress report
    • Will ask for FY23 spending on line items in the plan
  • Home Illinois Plan FY25 & FY26
    • Listening Sessions for next plan, October 2023
      • Recommendations on sites
      • Any questions you would like to ask in the listening sessions, to support your planning

CACH Business: Interagency Work

  • Home Illinois Quarterly Newsletter
    • If you have additions to the newsletter, please send them to
    • Interagency Work Group on Encampments
  • Interagency Development of Workforce Development RFP
    • DCEO, IDES
  • Racial Equity Roundtables: Black Homelessness & Latine Homelessness
    • UIC-Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy completed analysis, meetings in October to discuss data; Anticipated release in February
    • March start of Racial Equity Roundtable on Latine Homelessness; Any suggestions for outreach?

Capacity Building

  • Medical Respite Capacity Building Initiative with Illinois Public Health Institute
  • Illinois Training & Technical Assistance Center, Supportive Housing Providers Association
    • Supporting Integration of Homeless System and New Arrivals Crisis Response with City of Chicago
    • 100-Day Challenges to address encampments with Re!nstitue
    • Peer/Lived-Experience Leadership Development
    • Quality Data Cohort with Community Solutions
    • Evicted Exhibit
      • Engaging public universities for space; Any other ideas/volunteers for engaging space?
    • Home Illinois Summit 2024: Spring in Springfield

Next Meeting:

Thursday, December 14, 1pm

Public Comment

Rural Homelessness in Illinois

Housing Assistance Council

Jonathan Harwitz & Manda LaPorte

Thank You

Next Meeting, December 14th