From Our Training Coordinator

By Debra Mayes

September 25, 2019

From Our Training Coordinator

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”  – William Shakespeare 



Upcoming Trainings

Determining Income – A fundamental component of using housing grant funds effectively is ensuring they target eligible households.  On September 25, 2019, 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. This training will be held at the OCCH CPO Training Facility at 933 E. Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio.  At the time of this writing, there were still a few open seats.  Please refresh the website to see if registrations are still being accepted.

HOME Written Agreements - A one day training covering the HOME requirements for written agreements is scheduled for October 29, 2019 at Embassy Suites, 270 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, Ohio.  The scope will include each type of agreement: sub recipient, CHDO, developer and direct recipients along with providing a checklist of required and recommended elements for each type of agreement.  OCCD members may bring their own template and the session could facilitate the sharing of sample language as appropriate.  Trainings- Les Warner, Project Manageer-Senior Technical Specialist, and Shawna LaRue Moraille, HOME Program Expert, both with ICF Incorporated, LLC.  Registration is open at  Seating for this training will be limited due to space.


Over the past year, the Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) has sought to provide value to both the State of Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development (OCD), and to local governments across the State of Ohio in a variety of ways. One way that we have done this is to collect, organize, and disseminate information regarding successfully implemented programs utilizing funding from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This information should be useful to a variety of groups, including state and federal legislators, local elected officials, and practitioners within the field of community development. Best Practice Fact Sheets can be accessed at>Learning Resources>Best Practices Fact Sheets.  Highlighted in this newsletter is a neighborhood revitalization project whereas the City of Canton provided HOME and CDBG funds toward Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio's Renewal Project, which combines new construction, home preservation, home repair, demolition, and lot beautification to holistically improve a northeast Canton neighborhood. If you have a project that you are proud of that would serve to be a great resource for your OCCD member peers, please let me know! 


Partner Organization Training/Meeting/Conference Opportunities:

Heritage Ohio

Ohio Community Development Corporation

Coalition of Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)

Ohio Healthy Homes Network  


Save the Dates – Upcoming OCCD Quarterly Meetings


Fall OCCD Quarterly – Embassy Suites on Corporate Exchange Drive*
October 30-31



Winter OCCD Quarterly – Crowne Plaza North

January 30-31

Spring OCCD Quarterly – Crowne Plaza North

April 22-23

OCCD Summer Annual – Embassy Suites, Dublin

July 29-30

Fall OCCD Quarterly – Embassy Suites on Corporate Exchange Drive
October 28-29



Winter OCCD Quarterly – Crowne Plaza North
January 27-28

* New Location


Following our trainings and quarterly meetings, please watch for on-line evaluations.  We value your feedback and remarks!!  I have attempted to keep the evaluations short and easily answered with just a few minutes of your time.  In the meantime, should you have any questions, concerns, information you would welcome feedback from other members – send me an email –



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