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Jun 18
Capital Housing Plan for FY19-20 Effective in July

This is a guidance memo from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. To print this memo, select "CTRL" and "P" on your keyboard.

House Bill 529 (the FY 2019-2020 Capital Budget Bill) has been signed by Gov. John Kasich and will become effective July 1, 2018. This budget includes an allocation of $24 million for the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) to be used in the Community Capital Assistance (CCA) Program. The provision of safe, affordable, and accessible housing is a major area of emphasis of DODD and with this allocation the department has identified the following priorities for the allocation of these funds.

These CCA funds will be used to develop community housing for people with developmental disabilities who are or will be receiving waiver services in the following categories

Purchase of Housing (Includes existing and new construction)

  • People leaving a state operated developmental center;
  • People leaving a private or county operated ICF/IID;
  • People at risk of being placed in a developmental center or ICF/IID;
  • People on a county board's Waiting List for Waiver Services.

Funding of Housing

DODD will apply the following criteria for funding the purchase of existing homes

  • The purchase price of the home cannot exceed 110 percent of the appraised value of the home (as per DODD Administrative Rule 5123:1-1-03)
  • DODD will fund up to 90 percent of the project cost (ORC 5123.36)

If you are interested in pursuing new construction, please contact Aaron Lichtenauer to schedule a meeting to review your plans and to set funding parameters.

Residential Renovation Projects (RRP)

RRP funds are available for existing homes owned by a nonprofit housing corporation, as well as for homes that are being purchased during this biennium and need renovations/modifications to meet the needs of the resident(s) moving into the home. As per Administrative Rule 5123:1-1-17, the cost of an RRP cannot exceed 35 percent of the appraised value of the home.

County boards should first utilize 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver program to cover environmental modifications that are necessary for accessibility per the person's plan.

Letters of Intent (LOI)/Applications for Projects

Applications will be reviewed as they are received by the Capital Office. The forms and processes for the purchase, construction, and renovations can be accessed below and are also available at www.dodd.ohio.gov. Click Residential Services, then click Capital Housing.

County boards and County Housing Corporations are strongly encouraged to identify and leverage non-DODD funds to complement those being provided by DODD. The degree to which an application includes non-DODD funds will be a consideration factored into the review and funding of the requested project.

Also, initial project applications will be limited to two project applications per county. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis with appropriate justification. As one project is completed, the county may submit another application for consideration.

Please keep in mind that funding of any project is subject to the availability of funds and you should not proceed with any purchase contracts of homes or commitment to other costs unless, and until you have received written approval from the Capital Office. In addition, for any ICF/IID Conversion projects, you must also have received written approval from the Medicaid Division of DODD to qualify for Community Capital Funding.

Finally, there are no additional threshold requirements other than those outlined in this memorandum. Specifically, DODD does not require you to file a housing plan to access CCA.

Project applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2018. Please submit your applications to aaron.lichtenauer@dodd.ohio.gov or call (614) 387-5807.

Staff from the DODD Capital Office are available to walk you through all phases of this process to ensure all your county's housing needs are met. Contact us to set up a meeting.   

Thank you for all your efforts in the development and provision of housing for Ohio's citizens with developmental disabilities. Please do not hesitate to contact the Capital Housing office to request assistance.

Letter of Intent - Community Housing Purchase 

Letter of Intent - Community Residential Renovation Project

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