Since 2007, DHN has held statewide conferences each year, with many interesting workshops and presentations being made over the years, providing information on a wide range of housing-related topics. Meeting notes, and in some cases video clips, for many past sessions can be found on the Resources tab of this website, organized by subject matter.
December 2012: DHN held its winter statewide meeting in conjunction with the Ohio Association of County Boards on December 6, 2012. DHN members and other interested people attended one or more of the four information sessions. Below are the presentations from those sessions:
Successful community housing for offenders and individuals with intense behavioral needs:
Panelist discussed the comprehensive planning and collaboration needed between housing providers, service providers and the County Board DD to successfully house offenders and individuals with intense behavioral needs in the community. Presented by: Janet Keeler, Supervisor CCBDD Forensic Liaison and Behavior Support Services; Gina Kerman, Compliance Direvctor, Phoenix Residential; Steve McPeake, President & CEO, North Coast Community Homes.
Working with your local Metropolitan Housing Authority:
The cost of housing for individuals living in the community can be greatly reduced through the use of rental subsidies. The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. The presentation covered the regulations for shared housing under HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and effective ways to work with your local Metropolitan Housing Authority on set asides and preferences for people with disabilities. Presented by: Keith Andrews, Executive Director, Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority; Erica Flanders, Property Management and Administration, Athens Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Using Assistive Technology in Community Housing:
Assistive Technology is being used to enable independence, safety and affordability for individuals moving into community based housing. Through a grant, Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP) has successfully demonstrated that people with cognitive disabilities can use technology to live more independently in the community. Presented by: Jeanne Sydenstricker, Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP); Shannon Monyk, Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP).
Update on the Community Capital Assistance Program, DC and ICF Downsizing:
DODD provided an update on how the new process for the Community Capital Assistance Program is progressing and where the state of Ohio is on DC and ICF Downsizing. Presented by: Troy McCollister, Assistant Deputy Director, DODD.