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:
Spotlight on a Housing Corporation
Housing Network of Hamilton County
The Housing Network of Hamilton County has received a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME grant from Hamilton County Planning and Development. The county agency administers the following federal grants for Hamilton County: HOME, CDBG, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.
Jim Steffey, Housing Resource Group Executive Director stated they have received a total of $425,000 and expect to purchase three houses with the funds. The first purchase was for a duplex in the City of Deer Park, $133,000 with additional funds to renovate the property. The renovations included- accessible bathrooms, new kitchens, new HVAC, windows, roofs and some landscaping. The housing corporation has a contract for a second duplex, $128,000 and are expecting to receive additional funds to renovate this house as well.
Initially, Steffey made contact with the county office to inquire whether his organization was eligible to apply for HOME funds and was encouraged to submit an application to purchase one home. In the process of applying, the Hamilton County Office of Community Development notified Steffey they had unspent dollars available or those funds would need to be returned to HUD. The housing corporation was required to meet the CHDO (Community Housing Development Organization) requirements to receive the HOME funds. In a review of the requirements, the organization realized they met most of the CHDO requirements and only needed to add a board member so they could meet the 1/3 low income criteria.
The projects are a great example of a partnership between The Housing Network of Hamilton County and the Hamilton County Office of Planning and Development.
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