Housing Issues for At Risk Populations

Wednesday, November 8: 10:45am – 12:15pm

As Ohio makes progress towards achieving a functional end to chronic homelessness, growing attention is focused on how to best serve high risk populations and the intersection between housing and wellness. This session will cover the hottest topics in foster youth transitioning, infant mortality, domestic violence, and promoting family success.

Session Materials:

Housing Issues for At Risk Populations Presentations (3.21 MB Adobe PDF File)


Celia Elkins, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Celia Elkins, is a housing planner in the Planning Preservation and Development Department (PP&D) for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) where she brings over 16 years of nonprofit affordable housing training and development experience. Ms. Elkins is responsible for guidelines that align with the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), planning focus groups, forums and partner visits with stakeholders across the state as well as research and collaboration with other State Housing Finance Agencies, nonprofits and public policy agencies to address and promote affordable housing. Prior to her employment at OHFA Ms. Elkins was the Director of Member Services with the Ohio CDC Association where she managed the Americorps VISTA program, supervised staff, planned and coordinated all activities for the annual conference, lobby day and technology conferences. Additionally, Ms. Elkins assisted with fundraising activities, Request for Proposal (RFP) processes, consultant contracts, budget development, membership recruitment and retention strategies and connecting members to resources around the state. Ms. Elkins holds a Bachelor's Degree in Health Services Administration from Wilberforce University and a Master's in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Ms. Elkins has completed the Housing Development Finance Professional Certification with the National Development Council and is currently attending classes to complete the Economic Development Finance Certification.


Deena J. Chisolm, PhD., Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Population Health and Equity Research
Dr. Deena Chisolm is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at The Ohio State University and Director of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Population Health and Equity Research. Her research focuses on improving health and healthcare for children with over 60 peer-reviewed papers on pediatric health services, outcomes, and disparities. Her current projects explore how health literacy, health policy, and social factors including housing influence the health of at-risk adolescents transitioning to adulthood. Her research is funded by agencies including the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Chisolm currently serves as Board Member for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and a member of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education. She earned her B.S. in Biological Science Education from Miami University and her M.S. in Preventive Medicine and Doctorate in Public Health from The Ohio State University.

Regina Clemons, Community Properties of Ohio (CPO)
Ms. Clemons, Director of Resident Services joined Community Properties of Ohio in November of 2016 and is responsible for providing leadership to CPO's resident service division, CPO Impact. She applies her expertise in quality assurance management and fiscal responsive expertise to seek highly-successful and cost-controlled results. Ms. Clemons began her career as a Senior Service Coordinator with the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority in Toledo, OH. She brings over 25 years' experience in non-profit management and housing. She is a strong visionary, delivering success through building, leading, and inspiring staff that realizes and increases performance while remaining dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions that satisfies the organization goal.

Joe Maskovyak, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)
Joe Maskovyak started at COHHIO in August 2014 after having served on the COHHIO board for many years. He is a long time housing advocate, starting his career at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) where he became the managing attorney for housing and worked on behalf of low income housing clients in Franklin County. In 2007 he moved to the Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC) where he pursued legislative work around housing on the state and national level. He has a bachelor's degree in Russian and Political Science and a master's degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Prior to attending law school, he spent 4 years teaching in the Political Science Department at BGSU. He earned his JD from The Ohio State University and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Florida.

Danielle Green-Welch, Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services
Danielle Green-Welch is the current Supervisor of the Emancipation Unit for Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services. Mrs. Green-Welch's primary role is to organize, implement and facilitate services and resources for youth that have aged out of the foster care system. She has been an advocate for youth and children for over a decade, serving them in many capacities. Mrs. Green-Welch holds a Master's Degree in Education and an Ed.S., focusing in Curriculum and Instruction. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. focusing on Urban Affairs and Education in the juvenile justice system.

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