Monday Workshops

Workshop Set A: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Tackling Health Disparities for People Experiencing Homelessness This session highlights a case study of the Family Health Program, a localized intervention designed to improve health outcomes on a Permanent Supportive Housing campus. Learn strategies to improve health and well-being by improving access to health services through training and education, and how to turn a demonstration grant into a sustainable project by strategically expanding community partnerships.
Strategies to Ensure DV Survivors Aren’t Twice Victimized HUD recently awarded nearly $50 million through its CoC program to new projects that assist survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. DV award grantees who have received this funding will discuss the challenges, successes, and best practices in serving survivors of Domestic Violence.
Engaging Youth: A Case Study of the Cincinnati Youth Speak Up! CSH, Lighthouse Youth Services, and BeSpoken Live partnered to launch the Cincinnati ‘Youth Speak Up!’ program, which trains young adults in narrative storytelling and public policy advocacy. The program graduated its first cohort in December 2018 and facilitated a meeting with a sitting U.S. Senator. Hear youth and program representatives describe how collective advocacy can help heal the trauma of homelessness.
Dynamic System Management The primary goal is to quickly move people from homelessness to housing. But an unintended consequence are waitlists for services they may never receive. This workshop explores dynamic system management, a prioritization process where all available housing resources are flexibly and immediately offered to those who need them most acutely, regardless of whether someone might be better-served in the future by a program not presently available to them.
Advanced Data & Technology Tools for Practitioners In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn how to apply data and technology tools to devise new strategies for planning and improving the quality, cost, and efficiency of their programs. Topics include data analytics, GIS, and AI with applications to fit multiple organizations. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or other device of their choice.
Making Ethical Decisions in the Field This highly interactive workshop will cover basic ethics and highlight ethical dilemmas when working with people who are homeless. We will explore the benefits and challenges of working with a multi-disciplinary team, and use vignettes to examine applied ethical principles. Participants will be empowered to make the right decisions when faced with ethical dilemmas.
Shared Housing: Opportunities & Challenges Shared housing is emerging as an innovative, lower-cost alternative housing model to reduce and prevent homelessness by providing low-income individuals and families with a place to call home. The convergence of demographic trends with today’s economic realities suggests a new openness to shared living. Discover how this approach uses existing and underutilized housing to meet affordable housing needs.

Workshop Set B: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Fair Housing Primer: FHA, ADA & 504 There are many anti-discrimination laws on the books. This workshop explains how the FHA, ADA, and 504 laws operate in the housing world, how they work together, and how they are different. Learn who is protected and what kinds of protections are provided.
Engaging Victim Service Providers in the CE System The Coordinated Entry system helps standardize how people in crisis can access the homeless system, and helps prioritize housing assistance for those with greatest need. Attendees will learn how CoCs are working to ensure CE access points and assessment protocols are responsive to the needs of DV survivors.
Rental Subsidies for People with Disabilities: The Ohio 811 Program Ohio 811 program partners are implementing this $12 million HUD grant that provides rental subsidies to low-income Ohioans with disabilities. This session will review recent developments, plans to increase the number of properties under rental assistance contracts, and successes and challenges encountered along the way. Anyone already familiar with the program and those hoping to learn more are welcome to attend.
Building Trust with Grantors & Funders In this session, presenters will discuss how to implement agency-wide policies and procedures to ensure accountability to local, state, and federal grant programs, including HUD’s CoC program. Learn about grant oversight practices that ensure timely execution and reporting, and productive outcomes.
Moving-On Strategies for Stable Transitions from PSH: Part I Individuals and families with complex needs who experience homelessness are often best served by Permanent Supportive Housing, but over time mainstream housing environments may be more appropriate. Learn about strategies and interventions to help households move on to less service-intensive, yet permanent, housing.
Affordable Housing Development Principles: What, Who & How? Affordable housing is crucial for ending homelessness and promoting housing stability for low income Ohioans. Presenters will demystify affordable housing development funding and resources and explain how Low-Income Housing Tax Credits work. These concepts will be further illustrated with several local case studies.
FUSE: Housing the High System Users CSH’s initiative, FUSE, helps break the cycle of crisis and homelessness among those with complex medical and behavioral health challenges. In this introductory session, attendees will learn about results from a community that has implemented the FUSE framework, how to define a frequent utilizer, and how health centers can partner with homeless service providers to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

Workshop Set C: 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Creative Approaches to Employment Retention Learn how one community was able to address high rates of employee turnover and solve the chronic issues of hiring and firing, when local manufacturing firms turned to a non-profit housing provider to collaborate.
Beyond a Home: Building Meaningful Supports in Communities As homeless services providers, we are capable of physically ending a person’s homelessness, but assisting that person in finding a true home is a more complicated challenge. Hear from professionals working to help individuals enhance a sense of belonging with friends, neighbors, and social networks through pragmatic training in advocating for oneself, public speaking, and conflict resolution.
Fair Housing: Animals in Housing & Shelters The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination against protected classes, including those with a disability. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in places of public accommodation. Both laws allow for people with disabilities to have animals to assist them. Learn how these protections apply to shelters and housing programs. Hear about strategies and resources that meet the needs of both participants and animals.
Street Outreach in the Era of Coordinated Entry Effective Coordinated Entry systems incorporate street outreach so that people living on the land can access permanent housing resources. Unfortunately, there are often gaps in the interface between the point of engagement and the resolution of homelessness. Learn about best practices for the transition from street outreach to housing, and how data can better inform outreach and ensure integration with other services.
Moving-On Strategies for Stable Transitions from PSH: Part II In this follow up to Part I, attendees will learn about programs that support tenant independence and choice, maximize the ability of supportive housing to serve as a platform for recovery and growth, and advance efforts to end homelessness by opening up space in supportive housing.
Environmental Injustice & Lead Poisoning Over 23 million American homes currently have significant lead-based paint hazards. There is no safe level of lead in the blood, and the effects of lead poisoning are permanent. In this session, attendees will hear from experts working to pass lead-safe housing initiatives in cities throughout the state.
If you want to Go Far, Make Space to Go Together! Neighborhood Up is an organization working on economic and racial justice. In this interactive session, Neighborhood Up will show how they use dialogue as a tool for community network building.

Dinner & Conversation: 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Network, Convene & Explore Dinner and Conversation happens on your own Monday evening, but we can help you meet up with other attendees, speakers and exhibitors in the relaxed setting of a shared meal. Sign up for the restaurant of your choice in the conference registration area and enjoy a night on the town in Columbus, Ohio!

Reminder: You are responsible for dinner and transportation costs.

Evening Forum: 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Lifting Up Voices: Cincinnati Speak Up! This storytelling event will showcase ‘Youth Speak Up!’ a program out of Cincinnati put together by CSH, Lighthouse Youth Services, and BeSpoken Live. This program trains young adults in narrative storytelling and public policy advocacy. Come hear stories about how collective advocacy can help heal the trauma of homelessness.

Housing Ohio 2020 is made possible by our generous sponsors:

Other confirmed 2020 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

Buckeye Health Plan



Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Community Housing Network

Corporation for Supportive Housing


Disability Rights Ohio

Duke Energy

Enterprise Community Partners

Episcopal Retirement Services

Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati

Finance Fund

First Financial Bank


JPMorgan Chase


Miami Valley Housing Opportunities

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

New Era Benefits Consulting

NRP Group

Ohio Adult Care Facilities Association


Ohio State University College of Social Work

Park National Bank

Preservation of Affordable Housing

The Provident Companies

Orix Real Estate Capital

RiverHills Bank

Star Title Agency

Stock Development Company


Third Federal Savings & Loan

Tidwell Group

United Church Homes

U.S. Bank

Vogt Strategic Insights

Wallick Communities

Woda Cooper Companies

Other Supporters Include:

CHN Housing Partners

Citizens Bank

NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio

St. Mary Development Corp.

Wanted: Housing Ohio 2020 Sponsors
Contact Marcus Roth, Communications/Development Director, 614-280-1984 X 111;