COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING IN OHIO

aka COHHIO   |   Columbus, OH   |  www.cohhio.org

Mission

The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to ending homelessness and to promoting decent, safe, fair, affordable housing for all, with a focus on assisting low-income people and those with special needs.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Mr. William D. Faith

Main address

175 South Third St Ste 580

Columbus, OH 43215 USA

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EIN

31-1189029

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Management & Technical Assistance (L02)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Our programs

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COHHIO Programs

Advocacy ProgramCOHHIO’s advocacy program pushes for systemic change – whether it’s to prevent foreclosures or mitigate their impact on communities; rid the state of toxic loan products that hurt rather than help needy borrowers; or advocate for programs that help people in need gain access to a safe place to live. Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) ProgramHMIS is the collection and electronic storage of information on homeless individuals and families using residential or other homeless assistance services. Since 2002, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has made implementing an HMIS a priority in the criteria it uses to review funding applications. COHHIO provides technical assistance and training to agencies required to participate in HMIS. OhioVOTES ProgramCOHHIO’s OhioVOTES is a nonpartisan, civic engagement program that helps expand the role of Ohio’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in voting and elections. It seeks to increase voter and civic participation among the clients, constituents and neighborhoods of nonprofits serving economically disadvantaged areas to help them achieve economic and social uplift and healthier communities. Training and Technical Assistance Program Each year, COHHIO delivers tools and knowledge to approximately 200 community-based organizations. This includes organizing trainings and seminars, conducting site visits, speaking at workshops, meeting with government officials, distributing printed materials, and conducting an annual resource-rich statewide conference. These organizations in turn offer housing assistance and supportive services to homeless individuals and families in each of the state's 88 counties.  Tenant Outreach ProgramCOHHIO's Tenants Outreach program provides information and support to tenants and advocates throughout Ohio on rental rights, fair housing, housing advocacy and tenant organizing. The primary focus is on tenants living in federally assisted housing.Youth Empowerment ProgramYEP helps build strength within a fragile population. The program works with homeless youth, focusing on community service, leadership training, and advocacy activities as pathways to building self-esteem and opportunity. YEP strives to help youth become active community members and productive citizens, ultimately leading to positive changes in local, state and national policy making.
SSI Ohio Project: COHHIO helps expedite the SSI/SSDI application process by reducing barriers and
ultimately increasing the number of homeless disabled individuals receiving
benefits.  
Preservation Compact: COHHIO's Preservation Compact is a partnership among key affordable housing
organizations that seeks to preserve at lest 14,000 units statewide over the
next 10 years.

Population(s) Served

Launched in 2008, COHHIO’s SSI Ohio Project helps expedite the SSI/SSDI application process, reduce barriers and increase the number of homeless disabled individuals receiving SSI/SSDI benefits for the first time. In 2013, nearly $3.36 million in disability benefits were secured, including $1.7 million in yearly allotments for 261 SSI awards,
$751,000 for 135 SSDI awards, more than $885,000 for 231 SSI/SSDI back awards,
and nearly $20,000 for 2 combined SSI/SSDI back award payments.

Since July 2009, the combined SSI/SSDI back awards have totaled nearly $4.9 million, while the combined yearly allotment for the same period exceeds $10.95 million for 1,853 awards.

Population(s) Served

COHHIO's Tenant
Outreach program focuses on stabilizing rental households, expanding housing
choice and inclusion, organizing tenant communities, preserving affordable
housing and advocating for tenants rights. Staff members provide direct
assistance to tenants (especially those living in Federally assisted
properties) and training and technical assistance to housing service providers
around the state.  Through strategic partnerships with local municipalities
and state housing programs (OHFA, ODMH, ODOD), COHHIO participates in planning
for safe, decent, fair and affordable rental housing for all Ohioans.

 

In 2011, COHHIO’s Tenant Outreach program received 476 calls
seeking tenant information, held 14 meetings with 47 tenant
groups resulting in 1,778 tenant contacts, managed 120 fair housing or
household stabilization cases, reached 356 people through 12 workshops on fair
housing or tenants’ rights, and provided 756 contacts in 82 organizations with
project-specific technical assistance, and had a total of 4,852 contacts with
23 stabilization or preservation related networks.

Population(s) Served

Each
year, COHHIO’s Training and Technical Assistance program delivers tools and
knowledge to approximately 200 community-based organizations. This includes
trainings and seminars, site visits, workshops, meeting with government
officials, distributing printed materials, and conducting an annual
resource-rich statewide conference with state and national experts as speakers.
These organizations we serve in this capacity in turn offer housing assistance
and supportive services to homeless individuals and families in each of the
state's 88 counties.

 

In 2011, COHHIO had 375 annual conference attendees,
provided intensive technical assistance to 170 community-based nonprofit organizations
across the state, responded to over 400 phone calls from individuals seeking
housing assistance, and offered 20 local, regional and statewide trainings that
reached more than 500 individuals.

Population(s) Served

COHHIO
pushes for systemic changes to benefit people in need. Our primary efforts
focus on increasing affordable and supportive housing and reducing homelessness
in the state. As is often the case, however, we respond quickly to legislation
that threatens our state’s vulnerable and disenfranchised populations. In recent
years our advocacy efforts broadened to include consumer and voter protection
and foreclosure reform.

COHHIO continued successful
efforts to protect the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, a revenue source that
serves critical housing needs, from budget raids during the biennial
budget session. COHHIO was able to effectively demonstrate the efficacy of
the OHTF and the value it brings to the state’s economy. The OHTF received
full funding in the 2012-2013 biennium budget.
COHHIO helped facilitate
productive working relationships between nonprofit homeowner counselors
and OHFA’s COHHIO directed efforts
among voter advocates to develop research and education on issues that
impact voting, including the consolidation of precincts and the
elimination of early voting hours.
COHHIO continued to lead
efforts to create and preserve
6,000 units of permanent supportive housing by 2014.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Community Shares of Mid-Ohio (COSMO) 2008

Member organization of the Year

Ohio Nonprofit of the Year (runner-up) 2008

Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Ohioan of the Year -- Bill Faith, COHHIO executive director 2004

Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper

Affiliations & memberships

National Low-Income Housing Coalition 1995

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) 2000

Financials

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COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING IN OHIO

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joe Pimmel

Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing

Term: 2018 - 2019

Alvin Norris

Adams-Brown Counties Economic Opportunities

Bambi Baughn

Community Action Commission of Fayette County

Tiffany Nobles

Community Housing Network

Kate Monter-Durban

Cleveland Housing Network

Cheryl Denny

WSOS Community Action Commission

Mary Rivers

Over the Rhine Housing Network

Denise Fox

Aurora Project, Inc.

Chip Bromley

Housing Advocate

Joe Pimmel

Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing

Bryan Brown

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Fred Berry

Techical Assistance Collaborative

Shirene Starn Tapyrik

Alliance for Children and Families

Tom Simons

Private Citizen

Beth Fetz-Rice

The Homeless Families Foundation

Shelia Prillerman

Community Representative

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No