A Message From DHN Executive Director Jacalyn Slemmer

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.


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