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Tracey Ballas
(614) 466-6154

Ohio Housing and Homelessness Collaborative

The Ohio Housing and Homelessness Collaborative is an inter-agency collaborative that works to align resources and create new, comprehensive approaches to address housing and homelessness in Ohio by utilizing public and private resources at both the state and federal levels. Members work to coordinate funding priorities and strategies as well as engage local housing and homelessness interest groups. Engaging local advocacy groups, service providers, Continuums of Care, developers, and private industry individuals aids in understanding issues and developing effective solutions.

The Housing and Homelessness Collaborative is co-chaired by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Development Services Agency. Other state agency members include:

  • Ohio Department of Aging
  • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
  • Ohio Department of Education
  • Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
  • Ohio Department of Youth Services
  • Ohio Department of Veterans Services
  • Ohio Housing Finance Agency

During Phase I in 2016, the Collaborative completed a comprehensive study that identified six substantive questions that describe Ohio’s current state of homelessness. Phase II will focus on developing specific, actionable and achievable strategies constructed from the information collected in Phase I, with the intent of creating a final plan by the end of 2017.

The Planning Council is comprised of statewide stakeholders and relevant constituencies relating to housing and homelessness in Ohio. It will provide input and help advance developing the plan by selecting beginning strategies for inclusion and identifying means and timelines for implementation.

A small group of the Council will comprise the Steering Committee, which will make recommendations to the Collaborative based on the Planning Council’s input.  

Webinar: Leveraging Partnerships in Healthcare to End Homelessness
November 30, 2017
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Panelists will discuss effective partnerships among the homeless crisis response system and healthcare, mental health and addiction services to: 1) improve access to comprehensive health services and treatment; 2) provide health-related services in permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, emergency shelter, and outreach; and 3) understand how peer supports can be mobilized.

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Webinar: Using Federal Benchmarks an Criteria to achieve a functional end to homelessness
December 7, 2017
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Co-hosted with the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, Beverly Ebersold, Director of National Initiatives, will discuss how to use the Federal Benchmarks and Criteria. Speakers from Dayton and Akron will discuss how they achieved a functional end to homelessness among Veterans and how they are applying lessons learned to other sub-populations.

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Webinar: Building Partnerships with Department of Job and Family Services agencies and Ohio Means Jobs one stop employment centers to end homelessness
December 19, 2017
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Three communities will share how their homeless crisis response system has partnered with local DJFS offices, and OMJ centers to 1) increase employment; 2) increase access to benefits, childcare, and other services; and 3) use TANF and PRC for flexible funding/services for families with children aimed at prevention, diversion and rapid exit from homelessness.

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 If you have questions on the webinar series, please contact Angela Hetrick at