The Housing Ohio 2022 Conference

COHHIO’s virtual conference
April 11 – 13

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Housing Ohio is COHHIO’s annual conference to convene advocates, practitioners, and experts to explore new and innovative approaches to ending homelessness and expanding access to affordable housing in Ohio. This year’s event will occur online due to the ongoing pandemic. (See Full Agenda)

Spanning three half-days from April 11 to 13, Housing Ohio 2022 creates the space to reflect on how Covid has fundamentally altered the lives of low-income Ohioans and those who serve them. While the pandemic has inflicted untold suffering, it has also unleashed a flood of new resources to address the old problems of homelessness and housing insecurity. This year’s conference highlights ways we can leverage Covid relief funds to strengthen housing stability in our communities, incorporate the wisdom of people with lived experience into these solutions, and elevate the public’s understanding of homelessness.

Plenary speakers include the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s Nan Roman and COHHIO’s Bill Faith – legends of the housing movement who have both recently announced plans to retire this year. We’ll also hear from the new U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Executive Director Jeff Olivet, National Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Donald Whitehead, Kaleidoscope Youth Center Executive Director Erin Upchurch, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Ann Oliva, Tiffany Haynes, with the National Youth Forum on Homelessness, Invisible People Founder Mark Horvath, KTown For All Co-Founder Mike Dickerson, and former USICH Director Barbara Poppe.

Conference Details

Membership Discount
COHHIO’s organizational members get a $15 discount off every employee’s conference registration. You can join COHHIO or renew your organization’s membership at the same time you register for the conference – just add the membership option that corresponds to your organization’s annual budget before you check out. If you are unsure of your organization’s membership status please email or call Manuel Quintero at 614-280-1984 (ext. 127).

Cancellation/refund policy
Cancellation requests must be made in writing and received prior to March 26 at 5:00 p.m. to receive a full refund. Refunds will not be given for no-shows. No-shows are required to pay the registration fee if they do not cancel their registration. Please email cancellation requests to or fax 614-463-1060.

Continuing Education Units
Attendance at Housing Ohio sessions is eligible for up to 12 social work CEUs. CEU codes will be provided at the conclusion of each session. Please note: CEUs will be provided only to those attending live sessions – not recorded videos. 

A limited number of scholarships will be available to those who demonstrate a financial burden and would not otherwise be able to attend the conference. Scholarships are limited to one per organization. Submit your written request via email, to The deadline is April 1. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Sponsors and Presenters
Please enter your discount codes when finalizing your registration. If you are unsure of your codes please contact Marcus Roth at 614-280-1984 (ext. 111).

Problems? email Manuel Quintero or call 614-280-1984 x127.

The Housing Ohio conference is made possible with major support from the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, the Ohio Department of Development, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Housing Ohio Conference Agenda

Monday, April 11

Plenary 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Successes, Struggles, and Opportunities: Moving Forward Through the Pandemic COHHIO Executive Director Bill Faith and Nan Roman, CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, have both announced plans to retire later this year. In this opening plenary session, these renowned housing advocates will provide state and federal policy updates and share their insights on what the movement has accomplished, what the biggest challenges are, and how the next generation can advance the fight to end homelessness and expand affordable housing into the future. We’ll also hear Jeff Olivet, the newly appointed Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, discuss the Biden Administration’s plans to address housing insecurity.

Workshop Set A, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Emerging Crisis: Homelessness Among Aging Ohioans Homelessness among people age 50 and up is increasing. These individuals present with a unique set of challenges that require equally unique services to meet their needs. In this session we will learn more about the forces behind this increase and practical solutions for addressing the needs of older adults experiencing homelessness.
How Recovery Housing and Adult Care Facilities Can Help End Homelessness Finding affordable housing continues to be a challenge for people who are experiencing homelessness, and this can be exacerbated when mental health and/or substance use disorders are involved. Learn how some recovery housing and adult care facilities can provide alternative housing options for people with behavioral health issues.
Homeless Outreach and Engagement in Rural Areas
Whether you work in a rural community or are simply interested in a session that will include photos of goats and chickens, join this interactive session to learn about the unique challenges and opportunities of serving people experiencing homelessness in rural areas. The session will cover person-centered strategies from outreach and engagement to shelter and housing options in small towns and rural spaces.

Workshop Set B, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Criminal Background Checks: HUD Rules and Guidelines In 2016, HUD issued guidance for conducting criminal background checks in housing programs in HUD programs and private housing. Learn how your program can adopt these guidelines to prevent fair housing violations. Also, hear from experts working with people with a criminal history who have learned about the necessity of compliance with the fair housing best practices developed as a result of this guidance.
Beyond the Numbers: Implementing Qualitative Analysis Qualitative approaches to homeless system design and delivery are an emerging need in identifying, understanding, and addressing the root cause of homelessness. Systems often emphasizes quantitative measures, while minimizing people’s lived experience. Integrating a qualitative approach is a critical component of eradicating homelessness. In this session we will explore the importance of qualitative data, best practices when strategizing with a qualitative lens, and community examples that encourage participants to think about how to integrate qualitative approaches into their work. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of qualitative approaches, and how they can help create and sustain homeless systems that are person-centered and responsive to the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
Housing Now For Homeless Families: Highlights from the Field
The Housing Now for Homeless Families program funds local nonprofits that provide temporary financial assistance and supportive services to rehouse families with children that are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of becoming homeless. Hear how COHHIO leveraged federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funding to support rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention services for families in need around the state of Ohio.

Tuesday, April 12

Plenary 2, 10:00 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Equity, Intersectionality, and the Wisdom of People with Lived Expertise Society imposes multiple categories on all of us – race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Working to end homelessness requires an understanding of how these complex and intersecting identities contribute to each individual’s unique experience of marginalization. In this plenary, Kaleidoscope Youth Center Executive Director Erin Upchurch, National Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Donald Whitehead, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Ann Oliva, and Tiffany Haynes, of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness discuss how they incorporate the wisdom of people with lived experience to inform more equitable approaches to ending homelessness.

Workshop Set C, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Coordinated Community-Wide Approaches to Preventing Homelessness This session will provide an overview of Columbus/Franklin County’s new Homelessness Prevention Network (HPN), which was established to prevent and reduce homelessness. The HPN is a 3-year demonstration led by the Community Shelter Board to develop and scale standardized screening, housing problem-solving, triage, and prioritized access to prevention resources across a wide array of community partners. We’ll hear lessons learned from the first 18 months of HPN implementation, and will receive tools and resources to jump-start local homelessness prevention systems.
Unhoused and Undocumented: What Providers Need to Know Immigration and asylum policy changes in recent years have prompted homeless services providers to ask how they can serve and protect the rights of clients who may be undocumented. Learn what the law permits and discover news ways that homelessness and housing agencies can serve this vulnerable population.
Implicit Bias: Mitigating the Impact in the Workplace Understanding implicit bias and microaggressions are crucial components of cultural competency and key to achieving organizational equity. Attendees will gain a better understanding of these concepts, including their negative health impacts, and will learn constructive strategies for reducing implicit bias and responding to microaggressions in the workplace.

Workshop Set D, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Racism and Homelessness 101 The racial inequities in the homeless system stem from centuries of structural racism that pervades American institutions. In this session, presenters will explore how historical and modern systemic racism contributes to housing insecurity among Black Americans, and how providers can change patterns of racism and discrimination.
Coordinating with Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Boards to End Homelessness Ohio’s county-operated behavioral health authorities, or ADAMH Boards, plan, evaluate, and fund mental health and addiction services locally. These boards contract with a wide range of providers to meet the needs of the most vulnerable individuals in their communities. In this session, hear how boards have worked to house individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Improving Ohio’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program As part of pandemic relief legislation, the State of Ohio and its local governments received over $1 billion in federal rent relief to prevent evictions. Implementation of the Emergency Rental Assistance has faced challenges in some areas. Join this session to learn about the Ohio Department of Development’s plans for accelerating the distribution of rent relief. We’ll also highlight innovative efforts to publicize local ERA programs and quickly distribute assistance to tenants facing potential eviction.

Wednesday, April 13

Plenary 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

What America Believes About Homelessness: Barriers to Progress Invisible People is well known for using innovative storytelling techniques to shatter stereotypes about people experiencing homelessness. In recent years, the LA-based nonprofit started using polling to better understand public perceptions of homelessness. Invisible People Founder Mark Horvath, former executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Barb Poppe, and KTown For All Co-Founder Mike Dickerson will discuss what their research reveals about the public’s evolving views on homelessness, crime, and policing. They’ll also share concrete recommendations for countering harmful messages, navigating NIMBY opposition to housing projects, using video to tell personal stories, and starting discussions on the basis of shared values.

Workshop Set E, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Staff Hiring, Retention, and Recognition How can agencies use best practices to hire, recognize, and retain employees to mitigate the high turnover occurring in the shelter and housing systems? Attendees will hear and participate in conversations from both the theoretical and practical perspectives.
Addressing Racism in Youth Homelessness: A Systemic Approach
Since 2017, partners in Cleveland have been focused on addressing racism in youth homelessness at the homeless system and CoC leadership level. This work has evolved over time and is now carried forth by the Racial and Ethnic Equity and Inclusion Design Lab steering committee and subcommittees, which is creating tangible action plans for the community.
Federal, State, and Local Advocacy Tips From the Experts Join this interactive session to hear about COHHIO’s efforts to advance better state and federal policies and secure adequate funding to expand affordable housing to end homelessness. Learn how you can put your advocacy skills into action at the local level for better funding and policies to empower the most vulnerable members of your community.

Workshop Set F, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Strategies for Addressing Unsheltered Homelessness Meeting the needs of individuals who are unsheltered takes a coordinated and intentional plan. This session will focus on how impactful street outreach is ensuring unsheltered individuals can have a place to call home. Providers will learn how to best engage the unhoused, evaluate encampments, clarify the role of the community, and more.
Reimagining System Indicators to Support Equitable and Low Barrier Responses Participants in this workshop will engage in discussions about how to determine which performance measures and goals are most relevant to a homelessness system shifting to a more equitable and low-barrier approach. We’ll consider how to go about making changes in performance plans in order to align those goals with the community’s broader efforts to end homelessness.
Unraveling Subsidized Housing Law Each type of HUD-subsidized housing program comes with its own rules and regulations. Landlords have greater obligations and tenants more rights under federal housing law. In this session attendees will learn about those rules and how they apply to the various types of subsidized housing, as well as how to help your clients effectively advocate to challenge denials and terminations.

How to Attend Housing Ohio 2022

After you have registered, we encourage you to log in now to familiarize yourself with the event platform. We recommend using the Google Chrome browser for the best performance on your computer. Or if you plan to attend using your phone or tablet, download the Socio App on Google Play or the Apple Store.
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Once you’re logged in, click on “Overview” to learn how to navigate our conference platform and app. Watch the video below to get oriented.

Thank you Housing Ohio 2022 sponsors!

Other confirmed 2022 sponsors include:


Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County

AmeriHealth Caritas

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Barbara Poppe & Associates

Buckeye Community Hope Foundation


CHN Housing Partners

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Community Housing Network

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Duke Energy

Enterprise Community Partners

Episcopal Retirement Services

Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati

First Financial Bank


Ice Miller LLP

JPMorgan Chase


The Kroger Co.


Millennia Housing Companies

Model Group

Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Inc.

Mount Carmel Health System

Mutual of America

National Church Residences

National Equity Fund, Inc.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Neighborhood Development Services, Inc.

NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio

New Era Benefits Consulting

Novogradac & Co., LLP


Ohio State University College of Social Work

Park National Bank

The Provident Companies

RiverHills Bank

Ruscilli Construction Co.


Star Title Agency

Stock Development Company

The Community Builders

Third Federal Savings & Loan

Tidwell Group

U.S. Bank

Wallick Communities

Other Supporters Include:

St. Mary Development Corp.

It’s not too late – become a Housing Ohio 2022 Sponsor!
Contact Marcus Roth, Communications/Development Director, 614-280-1984 X 111;