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Radon in Affordable Housing: Consulting, Rules and Regulations


Date: Friday, Oct 16

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Carolina Gomez, Director of Integrated Facilities Services and Safety, Home Forward
Don King, Facilities and Safety Manager, Home Forward
Shalynn Robinnette, Environmental and Emergency Manager, Home Forward

Description:
Radon is a radioactive gas found in soil and rock that you cannot see, smell, or taste. According to the American Cancer Society, radon exposure can lead to lung cancer. In 2013, HUD issued a notice to housing authorities encouraging them to test and mitigate for radon, as of today, HUD does not have comprehensive requirements or guidance and provides no specific funding to pay for the work. This session will discuss the system of project implementation, policies, procedures as well as how to protect employees and be in compliance with OSHA regulations. We will also discuss institutional roles and responsibilities for project owners.

Housing Insecurity Among College Students in the Portland Metro Area


Date: Tuesday, Oct 13

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Michael Walsh, Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students, Portland State University

Description:
Over the past six months, Portland State University, Portland Community College, and Mt Hood Community College have come together in an effort to bring attention to student housing insecurity in the Portland metro area. Houselessness and housing insecurity is a real problem and barrier to college student success. This problem disproportionally affects marginalized communities and is surprisingly invisible due to societal attitudes toward college students, laws, and policies. Society has an interest in and benefit from ALL people achieving a higher education for economic, social, and civic reasons. When students cannot secure housing, this barrier keeps them from achieving their educational goals, which is problematic for the individual student, their family and for society. In this session we will bring awareness to this growing problem by presenting recent data showing the extent of the housing crisis facing students, successful models for addressing it, and opportunities for action.

Preserving Housing in Rural Communities: Making it work


Date: Thursday, Oct. 15

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Robin Wolff, Senior Program Director, Rural Housing, Enterprise Community Partners

Presenter:

Rose Ojeda, RECD Manufactured Housing Project Manager, CASA of Oregon
Rob Prasch, Preservation Director, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing

Description:
Affordable preservation, like development, can be even more difficult in rural areas. While rents are lower, so are Area Median Incomes and the costs of labor and materials are often as high or higher than in urban centers. Add in the scarcity of financial resources and increased competition for them, and the barriers to the creation and preservation of housing in rural areas become even higher. The need to keep rents affordable for lower-income families requires flexible thinking, efficiencies in rehabilitation and operation, as well as limiting debt to the extent possible by using scarce grant funds. This session will examine those challenges and present information on how they are being met in Oregon’s rural communities.

Publicly Supported Housing Preservation (PuSH) Process Overview


Date: Tuesday, Oct 13

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Rob Prash, Preservation Director, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing
Dolores Vance, Senior Program Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Description:
Overview of the Publicly Supported Housing Preservation (PuSH) process in which owners of participating properties are required to notify OHCS and local government of expiring affordability restrictions. Owners also provide OHCS and local government an opportunity to offer to purchase withdrawing properties and preserve through new ownership. OHCS will cover the PuSH process, including definitions, such as “Designee” and “Qualified Purchasers”. The potential right of first refusal for a qualified purchaser will also be explained. Rob Prasch (NOAH) will discuss the Designee Process.

Modular Meets Affordable Housing- Lessons Learned


Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Jenn Sharp, Senior Construction Project Manager, Housing Development Center

Presenter:

Ben Ott, Associate, Holst Architecture
Brian Layman, Project Manager, Walsh Construction
Tony Bernal, Senior Director of Public Policy and Funding, Transition Projects

Description:
Transition Project Inc. (TPI), located in Portland, completed the first deeply affordable housing project using modular construction and LHTC funding to develop 72 units of housing in the Kenton neighborhood in March of 2020. The project, known as Argyle Gardens, sought to combine a co-housing concept with modular to drive down both the construction costs as well as future operating costs. The Team consisted of TPI, Housing Development Center, Holst Architecture, Walsh Construction, and MODS PDX. Over the course of the project the Team has diligently captured lessons learned from each of their perspectives. The Team will be sharing out the most relevant and critical to the success of modular as they relate to both the affordable housing industry, as well as the design/construction industry in general.

Housing Justice: Community organizing, affordable housing and community design methods in Portland’s Las Adelitas development


Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Alex Salazar, Principal, Salazar Architects

Presenter:

Anna Gordon, Community Programs Manager, Verde
Ernesto Fonseca, CEO, Hacienda CDC

Description:
Las Adelitas is the outcome of a 5+ year community process in the Cully neighborhood of NE Portland that transforms a former strip club site known for human trafficking into a catalyst affordable housing / public plaza development with deep social, economic and environmental benefits. The work started as a commercial adaptive-reuse project but evolved over time into new construction focused on creating housing justice without displacement. The building also incorporates many sustainable features and is being planned with two innovations: a roof top Community Solar array serving the surrounding neighborhood and a new digital justice focused Electrical Vehicle program. Construction starts in Fall 2020. The three speakers will talk about the community organizing work that re-claimed the site, public policies and development processes, and the Community Design workshops with mostly immigrant Latinx and African families and that helped create the building.

Stronger Together: Bridging The Gap Between Resident Services and Property Management


Date: Friday, Oct 16

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Elizabeth Carr, Resident Services Manager, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County
Jennifer Cervantes, Property Management Director, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County

Description:
Why are they even here? They shouldn't be getting involved. I can't share that info with you. You're not qualified to speak on this issue. They're only here so we can get funding. Can't you just host a potluck?! If you have ever said these things about Resident Services (or heard them said about you) then this session is for you! Two years ago, the Resident Services and Property Management department at St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County was neck deep in misunderstanding and bad habits. Through time, hard work, and a lot of self-examination this group grew into one of the strongest relationships in their agency. This panel of Resident Services and Property Management staff will explain the concrete steps they took to create a collaborative partnership that upholds lease compliance while continuing to support tenants and meet them where they are at.

Wy’East Plaza Affordable Housing: Advanced Framing / Cost-Efficient Design and Construction (CEDC) Practices in Action


Date: Tuesday, Oct 20

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Peter Clements, Housing Development Project Manager, REACH CDC

Presenter:

Michael Bonn, Principal Architect, Ankrom Moisan Architects
Scott Nyseth, President, Stonewood Structural Engineering
Jay Nees, Senior Project Manager, Walsh Construction

Description:
Join REACH CDC, Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects and Walsh Construction Co. for an exciting and informative conversation on Cost-Efficient Design and Construction practices for the recently completed Wy'East Plaza project in Portland, Oregon. Through deliberate strategies of efficiency and collaboration in the design, preconstruction, and construction processes — the project team was able to significantly lower development costs and deliver the four-story, 175-unit Wy’East Plaza project in Southeast Portland with a final construction budget that is approximately 39% under the state cost limit on a per-unit basis. The result of the collaborative efforts on the project is a per unit cost of just over $111,000, lower than almost any Portland-area affordable housing project built over the past three years or currently under construction. This allowed REACH CDC to provide additional affordable housing units for those households with extremely low incomes.

Lessons Learned Managing the Resident Experience for Occupied Restoration and Preservation of Affordable Housing Projects


Date: Monday, Oct 19

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Bennett Barnwell, Senior Project Manager, Walsh Construction

Presenter:

Matt Bokar, Senior Associate, Senior Project Manager, Salazar Architect
Leslie Crehan, Senior Project Manager, Home Forward

Description:
Preserving and restoring affordable housing projects helps promote and sustain mixed-income communities by ensuring the ongoing availability of quality, affordable rental homes. Affordable housing owners and developers who have lived through an occupied renovation project know the potential hazards: frustrated residents, missed timelines, poor planning, extended schedules, sloppy subcontractors, weak project communication, and, of course, relocation costs, and headaches. A successful occupied renovation program improves asset value, life span of the property, and enhances resident satisfaction. Plus, saving on resident relocation allows owners to reinvest in other property areas to their benefit and to the benefit of all who call these properties home. Join the WALSH team in a conversation on key aspects to a successful, resident-friendly renovation and the lessons learned on managing and avoiding common challenges.

Healthy Buildings, Healthy Residents: The Benefits of Energy & Health Upgrades in Multifamily Housing


Date: Thursday, Oct. 15

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Mekha Abraham, Technical Manager, TRC & Oregon Multifamily Energy Program for OHCS

Presenter:

Eric Foley, Manager, Multifamily Programs, Earth Advantage
Krista Egger, Vice President of National Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners

Description:
Energy efficiency improvements in multifamily housing do more than reduce energy costs and energy burden for low-income residents – they also provide health benefits to occupants as a result of improved air quality, safety, and comfort which can reduce respiratory illness, hypertension, heart disease, and other ailments. Additionally, energy upgrades provide an opportunity to improve housing conditions with healthier building materials and integrate resident wellness into the design or retrofit of affordable housing. As health and wellness becomes increasingly important, especially for those in vulnerable populations who may be living in affordable housing, the opportunity to combine energy and health upgrades in multifamily housing is even more meaningful. In this session, participants will learn from a diverse panel of experts who will discuss the benefits and strategies of integrating energy and health upgrades in affordable multifamily housing.

From Concept to Completion: Reducing Risk by Learning from Past Construction Projects


Date: Friday, Oct 16

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Matthew Mills, Energy Advisor, TRC & Oregon Multifamily Energy Program for OHCS

Presenter:

Duane Woik, Owner, Oregon Green Raters LLC
Melissa Soots, Project Manager, Carleton Hart Architecture
Renee Moseley, Associate Director, Bridge Meadows

Description:
Housing developments – for new or existing buildings – are costly, time-intensive projects that require coordination between countless stakeholders. Revisiting lessons learned from past construction projects is a valuable practice that can save time, money and many headaches for future endeavors. In this panel presentation, participants will hear from Duane Woik (owner of Oregon Green Raters LLC), Melissa Soots (Project Manager at Carleton Hart Architecture), and Renee Mosely (Associate Director at Bridge Meadows) about how they have reduced risk on new projects by leveraging the lessons learned from past projects. This panel will be moderated by Matthew Mills (Energy Advisor for Oregon Housing and Community Services’ Oregon Multifamily Energy Program (OR-MEP)), who will lead panelists in a discussion about their experience applying lessons learned to ensure successful project design, funding applications, sustainability goals, building operations, and resident engagement in low-income housing developments.

Navigating a Global Pandemic: Successes and Lessons Learned in Serving Residents During COVID-19


Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Stephanie Berkland, Program Manager, TRC & Oregon Multifamily Energy Program for OHCS

Presenter:

Dan Elliott, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services
Shannah Knaup, Supportive Housing Program Manager, Central City Concern

Description:
This session will discuss successes and lessons learned from housing providers and Oregon Housing and Community Services data on how they navigated resident support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The impacts of COVID-19 have proven to be challenging financially and mentally for residents, housing providers, and funders. The State will present data on energy assistance program demand, housing surveys, and how they quickly pivoted to support Oregonians through the pandemic. Additionally, we will hear from a housing provider who stretched their creativity to serve residents through these uncharted waters. They will discuss housing needs, health and safety, maintenance challenges, mental health support, and financials. Given the uncertainty of how long the pandemic will impact residents and our economy, this session aims to make us stronger together by learning from each other’s experiences.

Shark Tank: Tax credit investors discuss equity markets and structuring challenges during the pandemic era


Date: Monday, Oct 19

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Cat Vielma, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Red Stone Equity Partners

Presenter:

Ann Malone, Vice President, Business Development Officer, Affordable Housing, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
Dan Wendle, VP-Director of Acquisitions, West, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc
Tony Daguanno, Vice President, National Equity Fund
Jilian Saurage Felton, Director of Housing Development, Community Partners for Affordable Housing

Description:
In this panel, LIHTC investors will discuss the state of the equity market. How has the pandemic impacted investor appetite? What structuring changes can you make today to ensure the best outcome for your deal tomorrow? We’ll showcase three ‘sample’ transactions, reflective of trends across Oregon, & share today’s estimated pricing alongside investor concerns and structuring suggestions. There will be time for active Q&A, too. Our panelists will represent the perspectives of direct investors, for-profit syndicators, and non-profit syndicators.

Strategies Through Examples: Pairing LIHTC with Other Credits, Bonds and Soft Financing


Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Dan Valliere, CEO, REACH CDC
Beth Mullen, National Director, Affordable Housing Industry Practice, Cohn Reznick

Description:
The goal of this session is to showcase, through real examples, how pairing LIHTC with numerous other community development financing strategies can help lift an entire community through more than just housing developments. Attendees will hear from REACH Community Development and their efforts with Historic Tax Credits, LIHTC and their ability to “twin” or combine credits and other strategies to help facilitate development. Included in this, the panel will discuss 4% deals that include new soft financing options available in Oregon. Through this discussion, attendees will hopefully identify new options in assembling deals for both housing and for larger community development efforts by combining credits and other sources for the capital stack.

Focus On Hazardous Materials in Affordable Housing including Asbestos, Mold, and COVID-19


Date: Thursday, Oct. 15

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Clint Arp, Co-President, J.R. Johnson, LLC

Description:
Whether addressing aging housing stock issues such as asbestos or mold or figuring out appropriate cleaning protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, figuring out the correct approach to addressing bio-hazards requires navigating through numerous governmental health and safety regulations. In this session, learn about implementing best practices and details in relation to procedures for dealing with hazards materials and bio-hazards in line with CDC, EPA, DEQ and OSHA. From the inspection and identification of mold to asbestos testing and abatement within federal and state requirements, picking the right mitigation approach can help ensure the health and safety of your tenants.

HB 2001/2003: Building working relationships and holding cities accountable to develop affordable housing needs of residents


Date: Tuesday, Oct 13

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Kim Travis, Housing Integrator, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Presenter:

Andrée Tremoulet, PhD, Principal, Commonworks Consulting
Ethan Stuckmayer, Senior Planner of Housing Programs, Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
Shannon Vilhauer, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Oregon
Lynne McConnell, Affordable Housing Manager, City of Bend

Description:
Join a discussion with local government and affordable housing leaders to consider strategies to ensure House bills 2001 and 2003 fulfill their goal to provide Oregonians with more housing choices, especially middle housing people can afford appropriate to different stages of their lives. How do we foster productive partnerships between community and local governments resulting in concrete wins for residents? HB 2001 lets people build certain traditional housing types, like duplexes, formerly outlawed in single family residential zones. HB 2003 requires Oregon's medium and large cities over 10,000 people to study the future housing needs of their residents. The Department of Land Conservation and Development is completing the rulemaking phase for how they will direct municipalities to develop their unique housing production strategies. Portland’s City Council just approved deeper affordability options allowing up to six-plex developments in formerly single-family zones.

The People’s Housing Platform: Congressional action to end homelessness and housing poverty once and for all


Date: Tuesday, Oct 20

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Congressman Earl Blumenuaer (OR)

Description:
The People’s Housing Platform, a collection of seven Congressional bills, is a bold vision for robust investments in proven solutions to this country’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Hear from Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR) outlining how these bills can strengthen tenants’ rights, reduce the number of individuals experiencing homelessness, significantly expand public housing and affordable apartments built with the national Housing Trust Fund while preventing displacement. These bold proposals center the Federal government once again in a leadership role to end homelessness and housing poverty once and for all. Other congressional leaders advancing these bills include Representatives Ayanna Pressley (MA), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), and Rashida Tlaib (MI).

Oregon’s LIHTC Average Income Set-Aside: Deep Dive and Review


Date: Wed. Oct 14

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Jennifer Marchand, Multifamily Compliance Technical Advisor, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Description:
Facilitated by seasoned and dynamic OHCS staff member, Jennifer Marchand. This workshop is an introduction to the newly adopted OHCS Average Income (AI) set-aside policy. It will include a deep dive on how this LIHTC set-aside election works in comparison to traditional (20/50 or 40/60) federal set-aside elections. She’ll also discuss the development requirements to choose the AI set-aside, as well as potential waivers and modifications. Special emphasis will be given to the new Oregon specific “correct unit sizing rule” and its compliance.

OHCS’ First PSH Institute: Experiences and Early Learnings


Date: Wed. Oct 14

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Amy Cole, State Development Resources Manager, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Panelists:

Nora Cronin, Project Development Manager, Homes For Good

Mary Eileen Langsdorf, Asset Manager, Community Development Partners

MaiHuynh-Carnes, Development Manager, Community Development Partners

Jerry O'Sullivan, Senior Director of Operations, Adapt, Inc.

Dana Peterson, Housing Services Director, ShelterCare

Cristina Castaño Henao, Permanent Supportive Housing Coordinator, JOIN

Brian Shelton-Kelley, Director of Acquisitions and Development, NeighborWorks Umpqua

Description:
Facilitated by State Resources Manager, Amy Cole. This panel, joined by recent PSH training cohort members, will share lessons learned about the unique challenges yet successfully developing and operating Permanent Supportive Housing. The PSH Institute pilot cohort completed their training last Spring and is working through the early stages of where the rubber of ideas meets the road of reality. Join us for a discussion with panelist coming from both urban and rural points of view; highlighting important first steps organizations with an interest in providing or developing PSH units can do to prepare.

Let’s Talk About OAHTC – Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit


Date: Friday, Oct 16

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Jennifer Marchand, Multifamily Compliance Technical Advisor, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Description:
Joined by others from OHCS, Jennifer Marchand will lead this unique session highlighting the purpose, plan and compliance requirements of OAHTC funding. Topics of discussion will include: what the credit is and how it works, how it can benefit both property owners and tenants, why it’s so important in our current housing climate, program exemptions and key compliance requirements. Additionally, we have some 2020 OAHTC news to share with participants.