Housing Ohio Annual Conference
Thank you for helping make HOUSING OHIO 2016 a success!
HOUSING OHIO 2016 set a new record for COHHIO’s annual conference with 556 attendees, 30 workshops and two Housing Institute sessions covering a wide array of topics on homelessness and affordable housing.
Our keynote speaker Matthew Desmond, best-selling author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” shared his groundbreaking research on how eviction perpetuates and exacerbates the cycle of poverty.
Luke Shaefer, coauthor of the 2015 book “$2 a Day,” described how extreme poverty that is more often associated with the developing world has grown at an alarming rate in the U.S. since the passage of “Welfare Reform” 20 years ago. Joining him at the Tuesday morning plenary, Tara Britton, of the Center for Community Solutions, revealed research showing an estimated 191,000 Ohioans live on $2 a day or less.
Barb Poppe, former director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, shared her insights on President Obama’s new plan to end family homelessness by 2020 and the surprisingly promising potential to get this proposal enacted.
COHHIO Executive Director Bill Faith helped commemorate the Ohio Housing Trust Fund’s Silver Anniversary with the debut of a brief video touting the program’s 25-year record of success in reducing homelessness and expanding access to affordable housing. The video will be publicly released shortly.
Housing Ohio 2016 was made possible by generous support from the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing and United Healthcare Community Plan, our Champion Sponsor PNC Bank, and the nearly 50 other sponsors listed below.
Major support from:
The Ohio Development Services Agency
Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Thanks to the generous sponsors below that have already pledged their support for Housing Ohio 2016.
Additional Support: A.M. Rodriguez Associates Inc., Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, New Era Benefits Consulting, PIRHL, Stemen, Mertens & Stickler, CPAs