Starting at Home 2019 Press Release

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Media Contact:  Dorcas Jones
Phone: 614.728.2911

Conference Highlights Connections Between Housing Stability, Healthcare, Aging Populations, Social Justice Issues

Starting at Home Conference begins April 17 – 18 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown

COLUMBUS, OH - Starting at Home, co-hosted by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), links the nonprofit, academic, policy and advocacy sectors that work toward creating strong, healthy communities.

The event creates important space to dialogue about pressing housing-related issues and challenges like health, aging populations, rural housing needs, inclusive development and more.

"Access to affordable housing is central to creating stable communities, economic prosperity, and healthy families," said OHFA Acting Executive Director Holly Holtzen. "It is our hope that this conference will start a conversation among thought leaders about how to bring more connection and collaboration to this critical need in our communities."

Featured keynote and plenary speakers include Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Chris Herbert of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

"This innovative conference invites visionaries to the table, which is necessary as we tackle housing affordability across our state and nation," said OCCH President & CEO Peg Moertl. "OCCH is proud to join with OHFA for this important conversation."

Conference sessions will be led by experts from nationally recognized and respected organizations such as: Urban Land Institute, Melville Charitable Trust, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, FrameWorks Institute and Enterprise Community Partners.

A full conference schedule is available online. For more details about the conference, visit the Starting at Home website.