Housing Ohio 2019: April 8 – 10

Welcome to COHHIO’s 25th Anniversary Conference!

This year marks a quarter century hosting the Housing Ohio conference, the platform for sharing strategies to end homelessness and expand affordable housing in the Buckeye State.

Monday Morning Plenary (9:00 – 10:30 am): COHHIO Executive Director Bill Faith will open the conference Monday morning with a look at the past, present and future of the fight to end homelessness in our state. Bill has led COHHIO since the Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and the Ohio Housing Coalition merged in 1994, and has been instrumental in modernizing efforts to end homelessness both in Ohio and nationally. Bill has also served as Bill has served as Chairman of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and  President of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Monday Lunch Plenary (12:30 – 1:15 pm): Lydia Mihalik, the new Ohio Development Services Agency Director, will discuss the agency’s role in advancing Gov. Mike DeWine’s efforts to support and protect vulnerable children. ODSA is charged with administering state and federal funding for homeless services, affordable housing, and community development programs throughout Ohio.

Tuesday Morning Plenary (9:00 – 10:15 am): Seven speakers discuss their innovative work on a variety of homelessness and housing-related topics in rapid fire succession. The lineup is:

  1. Matt Tice, Director of Clinical Services Pathways to Housing PA in Philadelphia – how Housing First can help fight the opioid crisis
  2. Bela Koe-Krompecher, Clinical Director for YMCA of Central Ohio – recovery capital and stabilize housing to prevent overdose deaths
  3. Eric Tars, Legal Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty – the criminalization of poverty and homelessness
  4. Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum, President and CEO of St. Joseph Center in Venice, California – how diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to achieving positive outcomes
  5. Melissa Meyer, Director of Equity Initiatives at the Lighthouse Sheakley Center for Youth – shedding light on LGBTQ homelessness through cultural competency
  6. Beth Horwitz, Policy Analyst for Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago – youth homelessness in rural communities
  7. Stephen Brown, Director of Preventive Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System – housing is effective medicine for some hospitals’ costliest patients.

Tuesday Lunch Plenary (12 – 1:30 pm): Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness, will discuss the growing momentum in the philanthropic community to fight homelessness. Her outspoken advocacy inspires funders to see the systemic, underlying causes of poverty and homelessness rather than focusing merely on specific outcomes in individual programs. Amanda has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sector as a leader committed to addressing social justice, economic opportunity, and security through advocacy for systemic change. She is also a Co-Chair of A Way Home America, a national movement to end youth homelessness, and serves as a member of the steering committee for The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding.

Throughout Monday and Tuesday, attendees can choose from over 30 workshops on a wide variety of subjects presented by these and other experts working on the front lines and behind the scenes to tackle homelessness and housing insecurity. During Wednesday’s Housing Institute, we will host three intensive, full-day sessions that delve more deeply into the subject matter.


(See separate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday web pages for workshop descriptions)

Monday, April 8

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction (Ballroom)
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Morning Plenary (Ballroom)
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Workshop Set A (Breakout Rooms)
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (Ballroom)
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Workshop Set B (Breakout Rooms)
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Workshop Set C (Breakout Rooms)
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Reception (Ballroom)

Tuesday, April 9

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction (Ballroom)
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Morning Plenary (Ballroom)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshop Set D (Breakout Rooms)
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Afternoon Plenary (Ballroom)
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Workshop Set E (Breakout Rooms)

Wednesday, April 10

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Housing Institute Sessions (Breakout Rooms)

Members Save!

COHHIO’s organizational members get a $50 discount off every employee’s conference registration. Join COHHIO or renew your organization’s membership – visit the membership page on our website, or pay membership dues when you register for the conference online.

Housing Ohio 2019 is made possible by our generous sponsors:

Other confirmed 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

Citizens Bank

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


JPMorgan Chase


Millennia Housing Development

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

NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio

New Era Benefits Consulting

Novogradac & Co., LLP

Ohio Adult Care Facilities Association


Ohio State University College of Social Work

Park National Bank


Porter Wright

The Provident Companies

RED Capital Group

RiverHills Bank

Star Title Agency

Third Federal Savings & Loan

Tidwell Group

U.S. Bank

Vogt Strategic Insights

Wallick Communities

WesBanco Bank

Woda Cooper Companies

Other Supporters Include:

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

St. Mary Development Corp.

Thank you to the Nord Family Foundation for supporting need-based scholarships to attend Housing Ohio 2019.
For information on sponsorship, please contact Marcus Roth, Communications/Development Director, 614-280-1984 X 111; marcusroth@cohhio.org