Upcoming Training Sessions in Ohio

Funding Application Training

305_Ted Jones_14CSH will offer practical, hands on training sessions to a small group of organizations intending to apply to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency for funding to create supportive housing. The training will focus on the practical aspects of creating competitive applications. In 2013, 60% of the trained teams who applied for funds from the FHLB were successful, and 80% applying to OHFA were successful, for a total of 50 units of supportive housing and $4.8 million of capital financing secured.

  • April 16, 2014 - Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati – Affordable Housing Program
  • April 23, 2014 - Ohio Housing Finance Agency – Housing Development Gap Financing

Space in these sessions is limited. If you are interested in attending these training sessions or for additional information please contact Ted Jones at 614.228.6263 Ext 225 or ted.jones@csh.org.

Dimensions of Quality

The Dimensions of Quality Institute is focused on helping supportive housing practitioners assure the quality of operations not only on a day to day basis, but also to strengthen their practices to ensure the quality of the supportive housing over time. CSH has identified the Dimensions of Quality that can serve as a common framework among developers, property managers, service providers, and funders for assessing and investing in quality supportive housing:

“The trainings always provide important reminders and take home resources. We feel strong support and guidance in our project development and appreciate the partnership.” - Diane Pfaff, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board Serving Athens, Hocking and Vinton Counties.

305_DoQ_14Why? Funders recognize the difficulty of operating and maintaining high-quality permanent supportive housing projects and the importance of on-going quality assurance, financial viability, staff turnover, working effectively with tenants with diverse needs, and achieving the outcomes expected by funders are just a few of the challenges faced by supportive housing providers.

How? The Dimensions of Quality Institute will be a series of interactive sessions, comprised of a variety of learning experiences, including: group exercises, guest speakers, classroom sessions, and peer networking. Institute Teams will identify how their activities and the quality of their supportive housing can be improved and to craft practical solutions to challenges they have identified as important. 

Who? The Dimensions of Quality Institute is for teams of owners and providers of supportive housing – including services providers, and property managers - who wish to improve their capacity to: manage supportive housing efficiently and effectively; improve teamwork among partners; troubleshoot existing challenges and identify practical ways to improve their supportive housing.

When? CSH will host the Dimensions of Quality Institute in Columbus. The

  • May 13 & 14 – Introduction, Framing, Project Design & Administration, Community
  • June 17 & 18 – Supportive Services
  • July 15 & 16 – Property Management

Click here for an application.  Please read the application carefully as it contains information on submission deadlines and the selection process. Please keep checking our web site for up to date information on applications, eligibility requirements, and scheduling. In the interim, Ted Jones, Senior Program Manager, is available to answer questions. He can be reached at either ted.jones@csh.org or 614.228.6263 extension 225.

Community Engagement

CSH is postponing the “Six Steps to Community Engagement” training scheduled for June 10 in Columbus.  Your registration payment is refundable or if you would like, CSH can retain it on file for the future date.  Please contact Sally Luken at 614-228-6263 ext. 222 or sally.luken@csh.org.

Developers face increasing challenges to creating affordable housing. NIMBYism can negatively impact costs and actually derail otherwise soundly thought out projects. The Six Steps training was originally produced for use by developers of homeless housing and services and designed to respond to both the uniquely local aspect of each proposal and the generic aspect, i.e. that similar concerns are raised in nearly every case. Over time, it has proven to be an effective strategy to engage the community in constructive dialogue about proposed development projects. The Six Steps encourages housing providers to conduct a “due diligence” process early in the development planning in which the provider gathers information, considers options and makes informed, deliberate decisions about what actions it will take toward local government, local community and the media. CSH’s training will help developers understand the practical uses of the Six Steps to reduce potential delays and costs that may result from local opposition.


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