Ohio Association County Boards 29th Annual Convention

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.




DHN 2012 Housing Funding Symposium

On October 24, 2012 the Disability Housing Network sponsored a day-long training event we called the “Housing Funding Symposium.”  Fifty DHN members and others were treated to presentations about various funding programs available for housing development in Ohio.  While not all of the information presented was applicable to every county, we like to think there was something for everyone.  Please see the presentations below:

Overview of the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities (HUD 811) Presented by Sean Thomas, Director of Planning, Preservation and Development, OHFA and Adam Anderson, Home Choice Administrator, Ohio Job and Family Services.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)Presented by Rich Hendershot, Program Manager, U.S. Department of HUD;  Steve McPeake, President and CEO, North Coast Community Homes and DHN board member and Whitaker Wright, Senior Planner, Community Development Corporation of Ohio, Inc.

Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP). Presented by Shana Garrett, Residential Revitalization Section Manager, Office of Community Development; and Mike Corbett, Executive Director, Delaware Creative Housing.

Housing Credit Program (LIHTC)Presented by Ben Goates, Development Analyst, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing; and Lew Ellis, Executive Director, Preferred Properties, Inc.

Affordable Housing Program (AHP Grant). Presented by Mary Hernandez, Affordable Housing Program Manager, FHLB and Jen Henson, Affordable Housing Director, Foundation for the Challenged.

Housing Development Gap Financing (HDGF). Presented by Karen Banyai, Operations Manager, Ohio Housing Finance Agency and Donna Fox-Moore, Housing Director, Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency.

Grant Writing. Presented by Susan Black, Principal at Allene Professional Fundraising

Northwest Regional Meetings

The DHN Northwest Region is comprised of the counties of: Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot. Anyone associated with a county board of DD, a housing corporation, or other developer of housing for people with developmental disabilities is welcome to attend. Northwest Regional meetings are held in the offices of Wood Lane Residential Services/Properties, 545 Pearl Street, Bowling Green. The next meeting will be March 20, 2013  from 10:00a.m. to Noon. Anyone with an agenda item to suggest should call Executive Director Jacalyn Slemmer. Watch here for more information.

South Regional Meetings

The DHN South Region is comprised of the counties of: Adams, Athens, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton. Anyone associated with a county board of DD, a housing corporation, or other developer of community-based housing for people with developmental disabilities is welcome to attend. South Regional meetings are held at the offices of the Hocking County Board of DD, 1369 E. Front Street, Logan. The next meeting will be November 14, 2012 from 10:00a.m. to Noon. Anyone with agenda items to suggest should contact Executive Director Jacalyn Slemmer. Watch here for more information.

West Regional Meetings

The DHN West Region is comprised of the counties of: Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Delaware, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Logan, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, Union and Warren. Anyone associated with a county board of DD, a housing corporation, or other developer of community-based housing for people with developmental disabilities is welcome to attend. West Regional meetings are held at the offices of Homecroft, Inc. 245 N. Valley Road, Xenia. The next meeting will be March 19, 2013 from 10:00a.m. to Noon. Anyone with agenda items to suggest should contact Executive Director Jacalyn Slemmer. Watch here for more information.

East Regional Meetings

DHN’s East Region is comprised of the counties of: Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Knox, Licking, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Tuscarawas and Washington.  Anyone who is associated with a county board of DD, a housing corporation or other developer of community-based housing for people with developmental disabilities is welcome to attend.  East Regional Meetings are held at the Guernsey County Board of DD, 60770 Southgate Road, Byesville.  No date has been set for the next Eastern Regional Meeting.  Anyone with agenda items to suggest should contact Jacalyn Slemmer.  Watch here for more information.

Webinar 4: Budgets

The fourth and final webinar of 2012 was held on May 2, 2012. The powerpoint presentation and four handouts are posted below for downloading. The handouts, created in Excel, are budget worksheets provided as examples and can be edited to suit local needs.

Budgets: Annual, Acquisition, and Capital Replacement

Topics Include:
–The importance of budgeting to the health and sustainability of a nonprofit corporation.
–DHN recommendations for budgeting as presented in the Self-Assessment Tool.
–The difference between budgeting for operations and budgeting for acquisition or capital replacement.
–Examples from two counties with excellent budgeting processes.

Our Presenters:
–Cathy Allen, Technical Assistance Consultant, Disability Housing Network
–Janice Novotni, Executive Director, Fairfield Affordable Housing, Inc.
–Marti Goetz, General Manager, Miami Valley In-Ovations, Inc.

2012 Spring Conference

Once again this year, the Disability Housing Network had a special housing-related track at the Ohio Provider Resource Association Conference, held April 17-18 in Dublin, Ohio.  Many DHN members and friends took advantage of the opportunity to come together for networking and learning.

We start with this keynote address by Director John Martin of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.  Also below is the white paper regarding ICF conversion which the Director mentions in his remarks.  Comments on this should be directed to Debbie Jenkins at deborah.jenkins@dodd.ohio.gov by May 4, 2012.

Troy McCollister and William Bone presented information about the DODD Community Capital Program (CCA) for Fiscal years 2013-2014. They talked about changes in the application procedure, guidelines, and the department’s priorities for funding. The basic nuts and bolts can be seen on their powerpoint slides, posted below.

The first workshop of the morning was about Understanding the Consolidated Planning Process and featured two presenters from Office of Community Development in the Ohio Department of Development who provided information about how to influence the state’s consolidated plan.  They were followed by Don Corley, the Housing Development Coordinator for WSOS CAC, Inc. who administers the planning process for 10 local governments in Ohio.  He focused on being involved at the local level.  His powerpoint is below, along with two handouts.

Steve McPeake, President and CEO of North Coast Community Homes and Stephanie Lowe, Executive Director of Ottawa Residential Services, teamed up to present information about how their organizations have been involved in mental health housing, and how that differs from housing for people with developmental disabilities.  Their presentation is below.  (And the answer to the question on the last slide is YES!)

The final presentation of the day was about the Affordable Housing Program offered by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.  (Note that this is a grant program, not a loan program.)  FHLB Affordable Housing Program Manager Mary Hernandez stepped the group through the eligibility requirements and application process, and was then followed by Fran Wesseling, Executive Director of Foundation for the Challenged who has used the program to build housing.  The slides from Fran’s part of the presentation are below.

At the conference luncheon, OPRA Executive Director Mark Davis presented updates from his association, including issues affecting residential services providers in Ohio.

Each year at the OPRA Conference, The Foundation for the Challenged sponsors workshops.  Here is one on leadership from the director of Hamilton County’s housing corporation, Kip Backscheider.


Webinar: Understanding the Master Contract

The third webinar in 2012 was dedicated to understanding the master contract between a county board of DD and a housing corporation.  Presenters included DHN Executive Director Jacalyn Slemmer, who reviewed data DHN has developed by collecting county housing plans, and representatives from two counties: Ross and Geauga.

  • Rick Marriott, Superintendent, Ross CBDD
  • Greg Williamson, Director of Residential Services, Ross CBDD and Executive Director, Frontier Development
  • Keith Werbeach, Executive Director, Maple Leaf Residential Services
  • Tami Setlock, Director of Community Support Services, Geauga CBDD

These presenters made copies of their current master contracts available to webinar attendees… and now also to everyone.  Also posted below is the powerpoint presentation.

Webinar: Property Management for Small and Medium-Sized Housing Corporations

March 6, 2012 was the date of the second webinar of the DHN 2012 calendar.  The topic was Property Management and our presenters were:

Bob King, Property Manager for PDC, Inc (Richland County) who provided an excellent example of property management from leasing to tenant relations to handling maintenance requests to inspections and capital planning.

Jill LaRock, Executive Director of Homecroft, Inc (Greene County) walked us through the DHN recommendations for property management as embedded in that DHN self-assessment tool.

The slides for the webinar are available for download below, along with the handouts.