A Message From DHN Executive Director Jacalyn Slemmer
Dear DHN Members and Friends:
As we are beginning 2017, I would like to share with you the mission of Disability Housing Network:
To promote best practices in the development, management and sustainability of an array of housing options for individuals with developmental disabilities.
In 2017, DHN will merge with the Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) so that we may continue to accomplish that mission without duplicating efforts. As a result of this merger, OACB will maintain DHN’s focus on developing safe, affordable housing opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities while offering additional opportunities for professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and communication to housing corporations.
In 2017 DHN will continue to support Housing Corporations and County Boards of DD in the following ways as we begin the process of merging with OACB:
• Technical Assistance: DHN provides technical assistance and capacity building in the areas of housing planning, development and management.
• Conferences and Trainings: we will continue to survey members on topics of interest and bring quality training opportunities to you in the form of an annual conference with high quality special interest topics
• Regional Meetings: provide opportunities for Housing Corporation and County Board staff to network and discuss best practices for housing development and management
• Web-based Resources: expanded resources through the OACB’s website, we are able to share best practice policies and procedures for the management of housing and nonprofit boards
With our new partnership with OACB, we will expand our presence in the following areas:
• Collective Voice: share information and provide recommendations to DODD based on feedback from DHN Members
• Research: DHN will continue researching national and statewide model approaches to community based housing programs and will provide the information to County Boards, Housing Corporations and other stakeholders
• Development Resources: DHN will continue to work with the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the Ohio Development Services on the integration of housing for people with disabilities into Ohio’s development funding resources and affordable housing system
As members of DHN, you will also receive additional benefits from OACB, including:
• Affiliate membership with OACB
• Professional training and access to OACB’s Training Center at discounted rates.
• Health Benefits Trust access
We are excited to be part of OACB and look forward to another successful and productive year supporting the development and management of housing for people with disabilities. Please note; I will continue to be your primary support person in the future and there has not been a change in the membership dues for 2017. Your dues will continue to be used to support the mission of Disability Housing Network throughout the state!
Please complete and return the membership application below and become a member of Disability Housing Network in 2017.
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