A Message From DHN Executive Director Jacalyn Slemmer


Dear DHN Members and Friends:

Disability Housing Network’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce DHN will have a track of housing sessions at the 2014 Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) Spring Conference on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Sessions include:

  • Pest Control Management- Learn from the experts on pest management strategies and the legal aspect of bed bug/pest management issues from both the tenant and landlord perspective
  • Impact of final CMS HCBS rule on Residential and Day Services in Ohio- A panel will discuss the recently released final rule from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Home and Community Based Setting (HCBS) requirements
  • Best Practices in Property Management- Housing Corporations representing the 5 DHN Regions will share insight on property management strategies
DHN Membership will provide you with a discounted conference rate and it’s not too late if you still need to renew your DHN membership before registration.
Registration is open on the OPRA website, Register Here!
We look forward to seeing you there!

Best regards,




Disability Housing Network has released the 2012 County Housing Plan Analysis and Summary. The analysis is based on information contained within the Housing Plans submitted in 2012 by 55 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
The purpose of the Model Housing Plan is to provide a framework by which County Board and Housing Corporation staff can discuss current specialized housing operations, needs and options for future housing. It is intended to also aid the development of future operational plans and budgets.

To read the report, click here.


The Technical Assistance Collaborative Releases a Study

New TAC study reveals that people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income cannot afford housing anywhere in the U.S.

The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force have released a study, Priced Out in 2012, which demonstrates that the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is greater than the entire Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment of a person with a disability. The study sheds light on the serious problems experienced by our nation’s most vulnerable citizens – extremely low-income people with significant and long-term disabilities.

To read the report, Click Here.  

About Disability Housing Network

The Disability Housing Network was created because many people realized the importance of quality housing and that there was little to no attention being given to the development, management, and supervision of this area of supported living services in Ohio. Today, DHN is a member driven organization with a mission focused on providing much needed support and assistance to County Boards of DD and Housing Boards that manage and operate homes for individuals with disabilities in Ohio.

By leveraging the experience and intellect of our members, we have developed “best practice” resources that can be utilized by all member counties while creating a collective voice for advocacy. We strongly believe that if we work together we can strengthen and improve disability housing standards and practices in Ohio. Continue reading


Over the past year, DHN has had many successes. Not only have we had insightful and well-attended statewide conferences, we have completed our first year of a grant received from the DD Council for a capacity building project with Housing Corporations across the state, focusing on governance policies, housing policies, and local housing planning. Continue reading