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COVID-19 Pandemic

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Fair Housing and COVID-19


Date: Monday, Oct 19

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

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

Presenter:

Shyle Ruder, Education and Outreach Director, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Description:
Many housing providers are uncertain as to how certain how COVID-19 may or may not intersect with the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Questions include: Is COVID considered a disability? Do I have the right to ask someone if they have COVID? Do I have the right to require someone to wear a mask? Do I have the right to ask someone to sign a waiver regarding COVID status? Do I need to and/or is it acceptable to notify tenants that someone has tested positive in the project or building? In this session we will explore how COVID-19 is connected to the FHA and answer these questions and more.

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.

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.

Hungry for Change: Collaborative food networks as strategies for community economic development and social justice


Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

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

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

Moderator:

Lynn Ketch, Executive Director, Rockwood CDC

Presenter:

Edward Hill, Co-Director/Consultant, Urban Civic Group, Black Food Sovereignty Coalition
Adam Kohl, Executive Director, Outgrowing Hunger

Description:
People are hungry for food, they are hungry for business success, and they are hungry for social justice. These three sectors intersect in Rockwood, where great change is occurring in food systems. Learn from practitioners how a diverse collaborative network is: supporting 850 gardeners feed their families and launch businesses; helping 22 food entrepreneurs build wealth; engaging African-American grandmas to teach nutrition to young families; encouraging black-owned farms and other food businesses; feeding 800+ families every week during the COVID crisis; finding investment capital; engaging mid-tier industry players as new stakeholders; using CSAs to build connections between farmers and consumers; and, finding the funding to support this transformative work. The early results of these activities are increased social capital, better nutritional and health outcomes, and successful young businesses. Our panel will share with you how you can join their (or other's) collaborative or start your own.

Paycheck Protection Program: Navigating next steps to forgiveness of COVID disaster loans


Date: Thursday, Oct. 15

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM PDT

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

Presenter:

Elliott Tracy, Partner, Jones & Roth CPAs & Business Advisors

Description:
The Paycheck Protection Program was rolled out this spring as a short-term COVID-19 disaster recovery loan program. Five months later Congress and the Small Business Administration have extended the “covered period” to 24 months and are still finalizing program details. Elliott Tracy, with Jones & Roth CPAs & Business Advisors, will unpack up to date developments and next steps for forgiving your PPP loan. Bring your questions as the forgiveness application process may likely be finalized by October.

Keynote with Margaret Salazar: Breaking New Ground in the Midst of a Crisis


Date: Tuesday, Oct 13

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

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

Presenter:

Margaret Salazar, Director, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Description:
COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have brought drastic changes to the world we live in. Director Salazar will discuss how Oregon Housing and Community Services has embraced change, what that means for the future of our work and why equity and racial justice must be at the center.

Oregon Legislative Dialogue: Advancing affordable housing and homeless services through the COVID pandemic


Date: Friday, Oct 16

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

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

Panelists:

Representative Julie Fahey, District 14, State of Oregon Legislature

Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, District 46, State of Oregon Legislature

Description:
Join Oregon State Representative Julie Fahey (District 14), chair of the House Interim Committee on Housing, and Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer (District 46), for a dialogue on how the Oregon Legislature has been navigating the unprecedented challenges of the COVID pandemic. We’ll reflect on the special sessions of this summer as well as look ahead to the 2021 Legislative session and the priorities for advancing affordable housing, homelessness services, tenant protections, and homeownership opportunities for BIPOC individuals and families. There will be an opportunity for Q & A.