April 9-11

Thanks for helping to make Housing Ohio 2018 a success!

With 588 attendees, 38 sessions, 106 presenters, and 59 sponsors and supporters, Housing Ohio 2018 was COHHIO’s biggest conference ever!

Megan Gibbard Kline, director of A Way Home America, kicked off this year’s conference on Monday, April 9 with a presentation on how communities in Ohio and across the nation are working to end youth homelessness. We maintained the focus on youth homelessness during the Tuesday morning plenary with powerful testimony from members of the Lighthouse Youth Advisory Council – young people who recounted their personal struggles with housing insecurity and the challenges of navigating a system designed for adults.

During Tuesday’s lunch plenary session, Darlene Sweeney-Newbern commemorated the 50th anniversary of Congress’s passage of the federal Fair Housing Act. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s new Director of Operations delivered a spirited critique of failures to enforce the law over the past five decades, but vowed “we will desegregate America.”

The Commons in Harmony wrapped up Tuesday’s plenary with a rousing set that inspired the audience. The Columbus-based choir gives voice – literally and figuratively – to people coping with homelessness and disabilities and showed how the power of community and song empowered them to move from the shadows to the spotlight.

In between the plenaries, conferees attended 32 breakout sessions covering a broad spectrum of topics involving homelessness and poverty, race and discrimination, social work methodology, advocacy and public policy, housing finance and program management. A sampling of the subjects includes: art therapy for homeless veterans; risk management for nonprofit leaders; the intersection of housing and healthcare; the statewide plan to end homelessness; social entrepreneurship; landlord-tenant law; the opiate crisis; and advocating for better public policy.

During Wednesday’s Housing Institute, participants explored challenging subjects during three day-long sessions focusing on harm-reduction, creating a low-barrier system, and the trauma-informed approach.

COHHIO is indebted to our many presenters who were willing to share their expertise to advance the cause of ending homelessness and expanding access to safe, decent, fair affordable housing. We are also thankful that so many sponsors were willing to support this mission.

2018 conference presentations and handouts are available on the Conference Materials page.

Save the Date: the 2019 Housing Ohio conference will take place April 8-10

Major support provided by:

Ohio Development Services Agency

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Housing Ohio 2018 is made possible by our generous sponsors:

Other confirmed Housing Ohio 2018 sponsors include:


Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield


Barbara Poppe & Associates

Buckeye Community Hope Foundation

Buckeye Health Plan



CHN Housing Partners (formerly Cleveland Housing Network)

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Community Housing Network

Corporation for Supportive Housing


Disability Rights Ohio

Duke Energy

Enterprise Community Partners

Fairfield Homes

Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati

Finance Fund and FCAP

First Financial Bank

Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.


Huntington Bank

JPMorgan Chase


The Millennia Housing Companies

Model Group

Molina Healthcare of Ohio

Mount Carmel Health System

Mutual of America

National Church Residences

National Equity Fund, Inc.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Neighborhood Development Services

New Era Benefits Consulting

Novogradac & Co. LLP

Ohio State University College of Social Work

Park National Bank

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Provident Companies

RED Capital Group

Rose Community Capital

Star Title Agency

Stemen, Mertens, Stickler, CPAs

Third Federal Savings & Loan

Tidwell Group

Tober Building Company

The Woda Group

U.S. Bank

Vogt Strategic Insights

Wallick Communities

Other Supporters Include:

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio

St. Mary Development Corp.

For information on sponsorship, please contact Marcus Roth, Communications/Development Director, 614-280-1984 X 111;