Tuesday Workshops

Workshop Set D: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Homeless & Undocumented: What Providers Need to Know Recent immigration and asylum policy changes 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 resources that can help providers serve this vulnerable population.
From Homelessness to Healing Consumer input is critical to ensuring homeless services are responsive to the needs of clients. Valor Home in Summit County has hosted multiple focus groups with clients as part of an effort to include their voice in programming. Valor Home staff will share information about their planning process and findings from these discussions and suggestions to improve services.
Evicted: Lessons from Cleveland, Columbus & Cincinnati Matthew Desmond cast a national spotlight on the eviction crisis, noting that evictions are not just a symptom of poverty, but also a cause. Localities across the country, including several in Ohio, are taking action. Hear from representatives working in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati to stem the tide of evictions, protect tenants, and prevent homelessness.
Racial & Ethnic Inclusion: Design Lab Homeless services providers in Cuyahoga County have taken on issues of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion by joining together to train, analyze and assess inequities and their root causes. Hear how this partnership is seeking to disrupt racial and ethnic inequalities and learn how you can become an agent of progress for racial equity.
Serving Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders in PSH
There is a high rate of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among people experiencing chronic homelessness, which has traditionally been addressed through PSH. Attendees will learn about interventions beyond PSH that can improve treatment access and engagement for those dually-diagnosed.
Understanding Joint TH-RRH Projects Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Re-Housing projects combine two existing program components to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Communities that have implemented a Joint TH-RRH project share lessons learned during implementation and review preliminary best practices.
Using a By-Name List & Case Conferencing to Enhance Services A By-Name List is a critical element of understanding who in the community is experiencing homelessness at any given time. Speakers will describe how they are using By-Name Lists and case conferencing to better serve people, particularly in rural settings. Speakers will also review the VA’s efforts to integrate with local CE systems.

Workshop Set E: 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Mitigate the Risk: Interventions That Save Lives Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use and other harmful behaviors. Learn how to incorporate a continuum of strategies, from safer drug use to managed substance use and then abstinence, to effect positive changes in clients’ lives.
Engagement Strategies for Chronically Homeless Populations Outreach is designed to reach individuals who might otherwise be ignored and reconnect them to critical systems of care. Attendees will learn about: strategies for working with clients who are in the precontemplation stage vs. actively engaged; engaging with clients who are dissatisfied; and creating a culture of engagement through meaningful group activities and action-oriented individual dialogue.
Recovery Housing Development Guidebook Ohio Recovery Housing staff will provide an overview of recovery housing, identify available resources to develop recovery housing, and describe steps to introduce new programs into the community.
Public Policy Advocacy & Debate Join this interactive session to hear about COHHIO’s efforts to advance better state and federal policy to expand affordable housing and end homelessness. Meet legislators and learn how to effectively put your advocacy skills into action.
Using Medicaid In Supportive Housing Community-based, person-centered services are a priority in supportive housing and other evidence-based models. Learn how to leverage Medicaid as a cost-effective source of funding to deliver the services that make supportive housing work.
Criminal Background Checks: HUD Rules & Guidelines Criminal background checks are common when screening tenants. HUD has set rules and provided guidelines for both subsidized housing and the private rental market, which OHFA has started applying in some of the 2020 QAP housing pools. We will explore the fair housing implications.
Improving Services for Human Trafficking Victims Discover the shocking reality of human trafficking in Ohio, and see how housing interventions can help survivors overcome their trauma. Learn to identify and serve people through wrap-around programs that target human trafficking survivors.

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; marcusroth@cohhio.org