Heads Up on Housing: 8/2/2016

The Statewide Referral Network (SRN) provides an opportunity for individuals with disabilities or individuals experiencing homelessness or those at-risk of homelessness the chance to access Supportive Affordable housing. Supportive Housing is for low income eligible individuals or families who wish to reside in the communities of their choice, receiving services by providers they choose and only with those supportive services they need to move towards individual self-sufficiency within the community.

Feel free to contact Lore Baker at lore.baker@illinois.gov or Alexis DeWeese at alexis.deweese@illinois.gov to request guidance and information on how to access and use the PAIR module, Section 811 PRA waitlist, SRN waitlist or ILHousingSearch.org.

Service Provider Tip #1:

You must click the check box on your client's application that indicates that you will 'agree to' and continue to provide supportive services to your client for your client's application to be accepted and approved for the wait list. If you or your agency cannot directly provide all supportive services required by your client, you need to at least be able to commit to coordinating any supportive services that your client may need through the housing application, move in and the housing sustainability processes. Supportive Services can include, but are not limited to: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Job Training, Transportation, Child Care, Advocacy, Case Management, Follow up, etcetera.

Service Provider Tip #2:

When an 'Offer Letter' or a 'Notice of Availability' is sent to your client, or to you on behalf of your client, make sure that you respond as quickly as possible and even if they are not interested in accepting the offer. We track interest and non interest in units offered. Also, the sooner your client's respond the more quickly it will be sent onto the property for referral. Referrals are processed by the property manager in the order in which they are received.

ATTENTION: Oak Park Housing Authority Non Elderly Disabled (NED) Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) are still available!!! Please email Lore.Baker@illinois.gov or Alexis.DeWeese@illinois.gov for an application or more information.


Northern Illinois

Casa Maravilla  2021 S. Morgan  Chicago  Cook  0 Bedroom/ Studio  55+

Evergreen Court  2226 S Goebbert Road  Arlington Heights  Cook  1 Bedroom  Wheelchair Accessible Only

Lynwood Phase II  2450 Lake Pointe Dr.  Lynwood  Cook  1 Bedroom  62+

Senior Suites of Bellwood  3201 Randolph Street  Bellwood  Cook  1 Bedroom  62+

Ottawa Senior Housing  2582 Champlain St.  Ottawa  LaSalle  1 Bedroom  62+

Woodridge Horizon Senior Living Community  8099 Janes  Woodridge  DuPage  1 Bedroom  62+ Adaptable Units

Central Illinois

Golden Oaks Senior Apartments  North Van Buren  Litchfield  Montgomery  1 Bedroom  62+

Hamilton on the Park  1201 Brookston Ct.  Urbana  Champaign  1 Bedroom  No Age Restrictions

Lamplight Manor  710 S. Hancock Street Hamilton  McLeansboro 2 Bedroom  No Age Restrictions

Hawthorne Lakes Senior Residence  20240 S. Pine Hill Road  Frankford  Will  1 Bedroom 55+

Oxford House Apartment  2700 N. Monroe St.  Decatur  Macon  1 Bedroom  62+ and Qualified Disabled Individuals

Laborer's Home Development  1335 South Diamond Street  Jacksonville  Morgan  1 Bedroom  62+ and Qualified Disabled Individuals/ Hearing Impaired Unit Available

Southern Illinois

St. James Place  720 Water Street  Pontiac Livingston  3 Bedroom No Age Restrictions

Woodlawn Apartments  701 Filmore Square  Herrin  Williamson  1 Bedroom

2Bedroom  No Age Restrictions

These aren't the only SRN units available, just the units that don't currently have active referrals. In order for your consumers to have access to all of the available SRN units every month, they have to be entered into the PAIR module or waiting list.

Twenty six years ago, when President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, he called it "powerful in its simplicity" and explained, "It will ensure that people with disabilities are given the basic guarantees for which they have worked so long and so hard: independence, freedom of choice, control of their lives, the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream." On the ADA's 26th Anniversary, Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, shares stories of those whose lives have been changed by the Department of Justice's enforcement efforts and reaffirms the Department's commitment to fulfilling the great promise of the ADA.

To find out more about the ADA, call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TTY), or access its ADA.gov website.

Harm Reduction Conference Information

We heard you loud and clear!

Our popular Just Say Know workshop is back, with more time for learning!

What is Just Say Know?

The Best Practices of participant-centered care and stage-based interventions may require detailed dialogue about minimizing the dangers and maximizing the benefits of substance use, which requires agility and extensive knowledge. This workshop will dissect some of the rationales and rituals, gear and goals of different substances, drug mixes, and consumption methods. Please plan for hands-on learning with drug consumption equipment and associated injury and infection prevention materials.

The Just Say Know track at this year's conference has been extended to 3 hours to allow attendees plenty of time to ask questions and learn all they can about safer drug use strategies.

Presenters Mathew Silver and Maya Doe-Simkins will be returning along with other experts in the field.

Registration is open!

Registration rate: $100

9 AM - 4 PM, Friday, September 23, 2016

UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL

Stay tuned for more updates about presenters and descriptions!

For a look at previous years' themes and presentations visit our website here: http://www.midwestharmreduction.org/conference.html

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