Community Development Strategies

Wednesday, November 7: 10:45am – 12:00pm

In this session, industry leaders will discuss innovative strategies beyond just housing to strengthen communities of varying sizes. Hear about strategies to improve Ohio's largest cities, but also learn about approaches in "Reinvention Cities" – those with populations of 20,000–65,000.


William (Bill) Faith, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
Bill Faith has worked in the affordable housing field with a special focus on homelessness and very low-income people since 1980. Since 1994, he has been the executive director of COHHIO, one of the state's lead organizations on advocacy, policy change, public education, training and technical assistance as they relate to homelessness and affordable housing issues. Throughout his career, he has worked to develop housing solutions for people with disabilities, directed agencies serving the needs of the homeless and promoted affordable housing, especially for very low-income people. He has had extensive involvement with all of the key state and federal government agencies on a wide range of housing and homelessness assistance programs. On the national level, Mr. Faith has served as chairman of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) for six years and also as president of the board of directors for the National Coalition for the Homeless.


John Collier, Greater Ohio Policy Center

Mike Dingledine, Core Hamilton

Mark McDermott, Enterprise Community Partners