From Our Training Coordinator

By Debra Mayes

October 1, 2018

From Our Training Coordinator

Adaptation………my word for August/September.

So did you join us in Sandusky for the OCCD 2018 Summer Annual?  IF so you enjoyed informative sessions and a hot, hot, hot walking tour and bus ride that were so worth it!  The bus did have air conditioning and was the wise choice to follow the walking tour!  Hours after we left on Thursday, storms rolled through causing structural damage to some of the buildings.  And our guest speaker, Linda Thompson, Senior Director of Advocacy and Federal Programs for the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA,) had her flight cancelled flying in from D.C., but was placed on the next flight.  Going back, once again she experienced a cancelled flight and spent the night in Cleveland.  I still have no control over the weather.

Next July, we return to Columbus for the OCCD 2019 Summer Annual – July 24-25, 2019.


Upcoming Training

Determining Income – A fundamental component of using housing grant funds effectively is ensuring they target eligible households.  Participants will learn how to effectively use the two definitions for annual income in Section 92.203 of the HOME Program Final Rule to determine eligibility for their HOME-assisted projects. Shawna LaRue Moraille, ICF, will provide participants with guidance to ensure program administrators are accurately targeting eligible households.  An hour will be dedicated to Columbus HUD office staff on common monitoring findings identified over the last couple of years and program issues for Fiscal Year 2019.  Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229.  October 23, 2018  - Registration:  Sleeping rooms reserved under OCCD Quarterly Meeting - $104.  If block is full, please contact me at  I may or may not be able to add rooms.


Our next scheduled training will be held the day prior to the OCCD Winter Quarterly on January 22, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Dublin and will be provided by ODSA staff.  A reminder that there will not be an ODSA Conference in November this year.  Watch the OCCD website ( for registration information approximately 6 weeks prior.


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