Permanent Supportive Housing: Lessons Learned and Moving Forward

Wednesday, November 8: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

This session will explore the status of Ohio's first statewide Plan to End Homelessness by several participants involved in formulating the plan. The panel will also discuss the state's permanent supportive housing needs as several Ohio cities and Continuums of Care close in on their ability to declare a functional end to chronic homelessness in their communities.

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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.


Katie Kitchin, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
Katie Kitchin is the Director of CSH's Ohio office where she is responsible for managing partnerships with state agencies and local communities that serve to improve capacity throughout the state to house and support vulnerable populations. Prior to joining CSH in 2014, Katie served as the Executive Director of the Community Alliance for the Homeless, the lead agency for the Continuum of Care and City and County Mayors' Action Plan to End Homelessness in Memphis, Tennessee. Under Katie's leadership, homelessness in Memphis fell more than 20% in three years, and chronic homelessness was reduced by nearly 40%. She was appointed to the National Alliance to End Homelessness's Leadership Council in 2013. Katie previously was the Director of the Office to End Homelessness for the City of Norfolk Virginia where she developed and implemented a ten-year plan that led to a 25% reduction in homelessness in the City after three years. Ms. Kitchin has over 20 years of experience in local, state, and federal government including as a professional staff member of the US House Ways and Means Committee and as the federal legislative director for Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Ridge. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Roma Barickman, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Roma has over 24 years of clinical mental health and housing administration experience with 21 years with Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (formerly the Ohio Department of Mental Health) providing leadership in housing for persons with mental illness and now substance use disorders. She has 2 Masters degrees (Counseling and Social Work) and she is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S). Roma has served as a program manager for several Department housing programs, Area Director for Central Ohio, and a community linkage worker within the prison system. Currently in the Bureau of Housing Resources and Recovery Supports as the Manager of housing policy and resources, she and her staff oversee several housing and homelessness programs. She and her staff work collaboratively with community ADAMH Boards and providers on implementing an array of housing that meets the needs of individuals in recovery. Roma has worked collaboratively with state agencies to develop programs to preserve housing stock funded through the Department.

Tom Albanese, Community Shelter Board
Tom Albanese serves as the Associate Director of Community Shelter Board (CSB) and has provided planning, development, and implementation support for housing and homeless programs since 1992. Established in 1986, CSB is a collective impact organization leading the response to homelessness in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio, by creating collaborations, developing innovative solutions, and investing in quality programs. Tom is responsible for overall strategic planning, system leadership and management, external relationships, and knowledge management. Previously, Tom served as a Principal Associate with Abt Associates, where he led national technical assistance efforts for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Priority Communities, Vets@Home, and other initiatives. He has assisted a variety of states and localities with developing and improving homeless crisis response systems, including serving as HUD's lead technical assistance provider on homeless assistance for New York City and the state of California, among other communities. Prior to Abt, Tom served as Director of Programs and Planning for CSB and as Associate Director for Family & Community Services, Inc., in Northeast Ohio. He has managed both rural and urban Continuums of Care and served as director of homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, and transitional housing programs. Tom is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Ohio.

Maura Klein, Ohio Development Services Agency
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.

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