2019 Workshop Series with SHPA


The seeds of change are found in everyday experience. The stories of people who live in supportive housing can shed light on important issues, such as what it is like to experience homelessness or live with mental illness or a disability. Because of this, Housing Action Illinois is partnering with the Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) for a series of workshops to help residents of permanent supportive housing explore telling stories to make a difference. Our thanks to the Illinois Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund for making this collaboration possible.


  • Mount Vernon (Rend Lake College) – March 14
  • Peoria (South Side Office of Concern) – May 9
  • Rockford (TBD) – July 18
  • Chicago (Catholic Charities) – August 8
  •  Metro Chicago Area (TBD) – August 22

Each workshop will be four hours long, and lunch will be provided. Travel scholarships are available. All workshop participants will have the opportunity to share their stories for publication online or in a print magazine.

Register online through SHPA.

Questions? Contact Kristin Ginger.

Storytelling Presentations

Storytelling for Change, Supportive Housing Providers Association Residents Conference (Springfield, Illinois) on August 15, 2018

Strategic Storytelling, Metro East Coalition (Collinsville, Illinois) on July 10, 2018

Telling the Continuum of Care Story, HUD Homeless Programs Institute (Decatur, Illinois) on June 27, 2018