Disability Integration: Ohio 811 PRA Program
Wednesday, November 7: 10:45am – 12:00pm
The Ohio 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Program (811 PRA Program) is a project-based rental subsidy demonstration designed to expand the supply of housing for extremely low-income, non-elderly individuals with disabilities. This program is administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) in coordination with its state agency partners including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Come learn how developers, owners, and local Referral Agents can take advantage of this new housing option.
Kelan Craig, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Kelan Craig is the Director of the Office of Planning, Preservation and Development at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), leading the day to day functions of the office and providing oversight over affordable housing developments during the construction process. Prior to joining OHFA, he served as a Compliance Specialist for housing and community development programs at the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). Kelan also served as Housing Preservation Coordinator at COHHIO, undertaking housing preservation program planning, implementation and evaluation as part of the Ohio Preservation Compact, a joint effort between the OHFA, the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) and COHHIO to preserve thousands of affordable housing units across the state. Kelan earned a dual degree in Political Science and Economics from Kent State University and also holds Master Degrees from Ohio State University in City and Regional Planning and Public Policy and Management.
Jeannette Welsh, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Jeannette Welsh's collective background in government, not-for-profit and law has largely focused on improving housing opportunities for low-income individuals and persons with disabilities. As a privately practicing attorney, Ms. Welsh worked with Preferred Properties, Inc., to develop needed housing units throughout Ohio using HUD's Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Section 811). As a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, she worked with qualifying individuals needing legal representation, including many with disabilities. While employed by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, she worked with Ohio's largest continuum, the Balance-of-State, which serves 80 counties, to secure maximum HUD Continuum of Care funding for providers serving individuals experiencing homelessness. Since joining state government in 2006, Ms. Welsh has worked with the state's Interagency Council on Homelessness and Housing and its successor organization the Ohio Housing and Homeless Collaborative to address the shortage of housing for homeless and/or disabled individuals and to remove barriers to housing for these individuals. In her current role as Housing Manager for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Ms. Welsh works with state government partners and other stakeholders on housing initiatives targeted to individuals with a defined developmental disability, including Ohio's 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Program. Ms. Welsh is an Ohio licensed attorney and received her Housing Development Finance Professional certification from the National Development Council in 2015. She holds a BA in History from the University of Toledo as well as a JD from the University of Toledo - College of Law.
Maura Klein, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Maura Klein is the Supportive Housing Program Manager for the Office of Community Development at the Ohio Development Services Agency and has served in this position since July 2016. Maura is the state lead for the Plan to End Homelessness, is responsible for staffing the Housing and Homelessness Collaborative, acts as key contact for ODSA to the Balance of State Continuum of Care as the Collaborative Applicant to HUD and is typically charged with assisting with a variety of any other key projects the Supportive Housing Program may encounter. Prior to working with ODSA, she served the Department of Health Services in Wisconsin on Medicaid programs focusing on housing and mental health and also worked for a number of years in the private sector in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Washington.
Edward Gibson, Ohio Department of Medicaid
Edward Gibson is the Education and Outreach Manager for Ohio's HOME Choice program, a position he has held since September 2014. Prior to this work at the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) he spent 30 years with the American National Red Cross in various management roles. In addition to his responsibilities as communication lead for HOME Choice, he serves as the ODM housing liaison and administers the Ohio Temporary Ramp Project which supports individuals with accessibility issues that would prevent them from transitioning to a community setting.
Ken Reed, Pike Metropolitan Housing Authority
Ken Reed is the Executive Director of the Pike Metropolitan Housing Authority (PMHA) located in the Village of Piketon in Pike County, Ohio. PMHA provides affordable housing for low income families, seniors, and persons with developmental disabilities in a rural, economically distressed area. PMHA recently completed construction of a 42 unit senior apartment complex that includes four Section 811 units. PMHA also recently converted 100% of its Public Housing units to Project Based Rental Assistance under the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Before joining PMHA in 2012, Mr. Reed spent 24 years developing community and economic development projects in Southeast Ohio utilizing a wide variety of state and federal grant funds.