The IL Supportive & Integrated Housing Symposium brought together leaders in the field from across Illinois to learn, network, and advance our shared work. Over 200 people attended this event that included training sessions and an awards luncheon. The symposium honored our shared commitment to provide quality supportive and integrated housing in order to serve vulnerable populations, improve communities and leverage needed resources.
The morning and afternoon featured training sessions on topics ranging from serving Veterans to learning about when to bill Medicaid. Please see links below for training materials.
During the luncheon, a panel discussion was moderated by IL Director Betsy Benito with CSH staff including (pictured left to right) IL Associate Director, Christine Haley; Innovations Director, Janette Kawachi; and Minnesota Director George Stone. The discussion addressed the pay for success model, healthcare, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, and intervening with families engaged in the Child Welfare system.
Following this esteemed panel, awards were given to true champions of supportive housing.
Tenant Leadership Award – Ms. Cynthia Byrd is a leader at ReVive’s Cressy House where she actively participates in tenant meetings and activities. She has recently eared her High School Equivalency Diploma from St. Leonard’s High School and has found employment. Ms. Byrd is a source of strength to other tenants.
Supportive Housing Provider Award – Mr. Chris Robinson, Outreach Supervisor at Heartland Health Outreach, is thought of by his team and colleagues as a mentor and a friend. His ability to build relationships of trust with people experiencing homelessness is one of the many reasons he has been successful at helping so many vulnerable people move from the streets into housing with support.
Community Partner Award – Ms. Lore Baker, past ED of the Supportive Housing Providers Association, has played a significant role in advancing supportive housing funding, policies, and community partnerships. She is a true advocate and champion and her work has helped moved mountains for the most vulnerable households in Illinois.