A Message From DHN Executive Director Jacalyn Slemmer

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Disability Housing Network Regional Meetings- October 2015
Disability Housing Network has been invited by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to participate on an advisory committee to develop the protocol for the approximately $12 million award from HUD for a new rental assistance program. The Ohio 811 Project Rental Assistance Program provides a resource to help the state expand affordable housing opportunities for persons with disabilities.  DHN will continue to share information with members as it becomes available.

DHN has invited representatives from the Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the Ohio Department of DD to attend the October DHN Regional Meetings to share information on the rental assistance program and the County Boards role in the process. Space is limited, please RSVP by September 15 to jacalynslemmer@disabilityhousingnetwork.org.

To read more about the program, please visit OHFA’s website, Ohio 811 Project Rental Assistance- OHFA.

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Spotlight on a Housing Corporation

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Creative Housing Partners with HOMEPORT

 

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Accessible Housing for Seniors with Disabilities

Over the past two years Creative Housing/Creative Renovations (www.creativehousing.org) has been working with HOMEPORT a Columbus based developer to include a set aside of accessible apartments in a low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) development.

Ohio’s LIHTC program, managed by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) is a tax incentive program designed to increase the supply of quality, affordable rental housing by helping developers offset the costs of rental housing developments for individuals with low- to moderate-income. This program (http://www.ohiohome.org/lihtc/default.aspx) has been the largest driver of the production of new affordable housing in the state and nation over the past several years. Since 1987, OHFA has used the LIHTC Program to facilitate the development of over 89,000 affordable rental housing units in Ohio.

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) announced this month funding for Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects which included Homeport’s Hamilton Crossing in Whitehall.  Included in the 11 million dollar 64 apartment senior housing project are 6 fully accessible apartments which will be set aside for seniors with developmental disabilities.  Creative Housing does not contribute to construction costs and is only responsible for providing a rent subsidy and after move in items such as lift systems and extra grab bars which can be funded through the tenant’s waiver. Tenant support services will be arranged through the Franklin County Board of DD.

We see this as yet another way to diversify the housing options available to individuals with developmental disabilities in our community. It provides accessible and integrated housing which is in high demand by individuals being referred to us. The setting also lends itself to the tenants sharing support staff and more efficiently utilizing support dollars available.

We are pleased to be working with HOMEPORT, an experienced and thoughtful developer.  We owe a special thanks to Jacalyn Slemmer, DHN Executive Director who provided both inspiration and technical assistance.

Construction is projected to start next summer with a completion date of approximately the summer of 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

Membership

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