A Message From DHN Executive Director Jacalyn Slemmer


We hope you will consider joining Disability Housing Network in 2016 to support housing for people in Ohio with disabilities.


Disability Housing Network offers the following benefits to our membership:

  • Discounted registration for local, regional, and statewide housing conferences
  • Access to cutting-edge website and blog for sharing and receiving information about important issues in the disability housing field which will allow you to:
    • Share files and best practices with other DHN Members
    • Exchange knowledge in a question and answer forum with other DHN members
    • Post your news, updates and events on the DHN website for other members to view
    • Share job opportunities with other DHN members
    • Showcase your organization on our website by posting a profile, news, updates & events
  • Regular updates of national trends in operations, funding, and financing policies and procedures
  • Sponsorship of research specific to the disability housing field
  • Participation in a strong, collective voice for disability housing
  • Opportunities for collaboration, learning, and networking with peer disability housing professionals

For your convenience, you may access a 2016 DHN Membership application via the following link:

2016 DHN Membership Application

Best regards,



 OACB 32nd Annual Convention Registration is Open! 
Disability Housing Network’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce DHN will have a track of housing sessions on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Ohio Association of County Boards 32nd Annual Convention.
The sessions include: 3rd Party Property Management; Practical and Legal Aspects of Housing Corporations Accepting Ownership of Housing from Families; Strategies on Working with Local Law Enforcement when Responding to Difficult Situations; and Housing Updates.
2015 DHN Membership provides you with a Member Rate for the OACBDD 32nd Annual Convention!
To receive the discounted rate, you will need to register as “County Boards, Affiliate Members and COG Staff”. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
To register:
  1. Go to MemberConnect at www.members.oacbdd.org.
  2. Log in or create an account if you do not have one. (NOTE: OACB membership is not required for a MemberConnect account)
  3. Once logged in, click on “Events” on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. Locate the 32nd Annual Convention, click the green “Register” button.
  5. Follow to prompts to complete your registration.
We look forward to seeing you in December!


Spotlight on a Housing Corporation


New Housing in Coshocton County    

Coshocton Community Housing Inc. (CCH) is pleased to announce the completion of a new 4 bedroom home for individuals with disability in Coshocton.  The journey started with a strategic planning meeting with the Coshocton County Board of DD and CCH Board of Directors where a need was identified to develop a new 4 bedroom home. With the help of Disability Housing Network, the housing board developed new bylaws, new vision and mission statements.

The housing board pursued funding from several sources, including CHIP funds through the Ohio Regional Development Corp and Affordable Housing Program funds through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. The organization was not successful in receiving funds from these mainstream affordable housing resources but did receive Community Capital Assistance funds from the Ohio Department of DD (DODD) to provide housing for individuals moving from a developmental center. In addition to the $40,000.00 per person received from DODD, the Coshocton County Board of DD provided grant and loan funds for the development of the project.  Officials from the City of Coshocton City waived the fees for water and sewer taps, the Coshocton Foundation granted $10,000.00 in funding to purchase the required sprinkler system and the Schooler Family Foundation provided grant funds to purchase the ADA appliances for the kitchen.

CCH hired Joseph Sekely, a local architect with ADA experience, and Gemini Builders Corporation, a Coshocton-based construction firm.  It was important to the CCH Board of Directors to create local jobs through the hiring of local firms to complete the build. Steve McPeake, Executive Director of the non-profit housing corporation North Coast Community Homes located in Cuyahoga County, shared a set of plans for a fully accessible 4-bedroom home.

The CCH Board of Directors are excited to provide a new and fully accessible home for individuals served by the Coshocton County Board DD. CCH is committed to partnering with local and statewide entities to continue our mission to provide quality, accessible, and affordable housing options that facilitate independent living for persons with disabilities. developer.

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