Training & Technical Assistance Update

As COHHIO’s Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2018 National Conference on Ending Homelessness and Capitol Hill Day. This two-day event is put on by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and convenes more than 2,000 service providers, government leaders, advocates, and consumers together in our nation’s capital to work together on innovative solutions to homelessness. The Opening Plenary included an address from Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  Other powerful keynote presenters included Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington D.C., and Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, and other influential speakers.

I enjoyed breakout sessions that explored homelessness and racial disparities, expanding system capacity through PSH move-on strategies, and housing first and opioid use. I left Washington inspired to broaden the trainings offered by COHHIO. Some of the upcoming trainings that I am excited to bring to the COHHIO network include:

  • Aug. 29 & 30 – Financial Management for Non-Profit Organizations (Akron and Dayton) Register Register Here
  • Aug. 29 – The Impact of Opioids on Youth and How Trauma-Informed Care Promotes Resiliency (Columbus) Register Register Here
  • Oct. 16 – Protecting the Survivor: Providers’ Guide to Helping Survivors of Domestic Violence
  • Oct. 24 – Understanding Addiction 101
  • Housing First and Harm Reduction (Akron), Date TBD
  • Best Practices in Case Management (webinar), Date TBD

Check the COHHIO calendar for more information and dates on these upcoming training opportunities!

Fall Conference Season

COHHIO is assisting Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services to put on the Second Annual OhioMHAS Housing University on Oct. 1 -2 in at the Marriott Columbus University Area. The Conference is aimed at owners, managers, and operators of Ohio Adult Care Facilities (Residential Facility Class 2), Permanent Supportive Housing, and Recovery Housing providers. Sessions will focus on best practices including: budgeting, business planning, operations, tenant landlord law, fair housing, and management practices that promote operational sustainability and facility quality.

Also on our radar is the Ohio CDC Association’s Annual Conference – Building Community Together  Oct. 3-5 at the recently renovated, yet historic and haunted The Westin Great Southern Columbus. Featuring local tours covering healthy affordable housing, refugee and immigrant microbusinesses, and resident and civic engagement. Workshops include: effective state-level advocacy, technology’s role in community development, and mitigating unintended consequences of community development; and a keynote presentation by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The conference acknowledges that we function best as an industry – as a community – by working together. Register here.

The Council for Rural Housing & Development of Ohio is holding its 2018 Ohio Rural Housing Conference on Sept. 10-12 at Embassy Suites in Columbus. And Oct. 16 is the Ohio Healthy Homes Networks Fall Healthy Homes Forum at the Sinclair Community College Conference Center in downtown Dayton.

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing at the 20th annual Ohio Housing Conference will take place Nov. 6-8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. With more than 1,700 attendees, the OHFA-OCCH conference offers more than 40 sessions and workshops focused on many different aspects of affordable housing.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or information about training opportunities for people working to end homelessness.

-Josh Johnson

COHHIO Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator