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Equity and Racial Justice

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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.

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.

DEI Capacity Building: Successes, Challenges & Wisdom from Meyer Grantees


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:

Carol Cheney, Diversity and Equity and Inclusion Manager, Meyer Memorial Trust

Description:
Between 2016 - 2019, Meyer provided grants to organizations to increase their internal capacity for diversity, equity and inclusion work. These grants were grounded in Meyer’s belief that when organizations are more inclusive, diverse and equitable internally, their outcomes will improve for all populations, especially historically marginalized groups. After four full years of grantmaking, we evaluated the DEI TA Fund impact and process and have learned much about DEI capacity building from the grantees themselves. In this session, we’ll share the wisdom gained by grantees, some common challenges and how Meyer is acting upon what we have learned.

Using the Community Reinvestment Act to Create Diverse and Affordable Oregon Communities


Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

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

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

Presenter:

Gerald Kellman, Senior Advisor for Organizing, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Zo Amani, Community Reinvestment Act Coordinator, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Description:
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has transformed economic life in the U.S. Before the act was created, people of color, and those who lived or owned property near communities of color could not get a mortgage, a small business loan or any other kind of credit. The CRA only remains strong if organizations understand it and make use of it. In Oregon, banks have one set up rules for private developers and another for nonprofits. They lend disproportionally to white people, the affluent and continue to reinforce inequalities of wealth. Restrictions on bank lending will keep nonprofit housing developers from building at a scale needed to address the need caused by gentrification and displacement. This session will introduce you to the Basics of the CRA, suggest points of engagement for your organization and invite you to more in-depth training and campaigns for economic equality, and affordable housing in Oregon.

Finding Resources to help Oregon’s Latino/Latina/Latinx overcome the impact of racism and poverty


Date: Thursday, Oct. 15

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

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

Presenters:

Gerald Kellman, Senior Advisor for Organizing, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Zo Amani, Community Reinvestment Act Coordinator, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Description:
Organizations that care about justice have a renewed focus on the deep and pervasive roots of racism experienced by African Americans. Oregon’s Latinx community, the state’s largest community of color, living in both rural and urban areas, has experienced a similar pattern of discrimination and inequity. This workshop will document the discrimination and discuss ways Latinx leadership can hold the private sector accountable, particularly financial institutions. We will discuss discrimination in small business and housing lending as well as the lack of corporate initiatives on behalf of Latinx communities. We will also explore disparities of wealth income and wages, work being done by Latinx led organizations to counteract the impact of racism and poverty, and strategies to increase partnerships between the private sector and Latinx nonprofit organizations. This workshop is part of a larger effort by NCRC to research and develop organizing and policy solutions to racial disparities in wealth.

How Bad Data Perpetuates Inequities for Intellectually Disabled Individuals: A Path Toward Collaborative Housing Solutions


Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

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

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

Moderator:

Angela Hult, President, Kuni Foundation

Presenter:

Joe Wykowski, Executive Director, Community Vision
Madeline Baron, Project Manager, ECONorthwest

Description:
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ADA, housing for individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities is absent from afforable housing discussions, creating a tremendous equity gap. New data suggests more than 24,000 individuals who experience I/DD in our region are housing unstable. A study conducted by ECONorthwest to be released September 2020 indicates that data used to estimate the number of individuals experiencing I/DD is more than 25 years old and significantly under-estimated. This data informs housing and service reimbursement rates, funding and policy decisions. The need for affordable, person-focused housing solutions for individuals who experience I/DD is woefully inadequate. The goal of this session is to highlight housing inequities perpetuated through poor data, how greater navigation and collaboration can yield housing solutions, highlight several innovative models and shine a light on what is possible in terms of self-sufficiency and independence for the I/DD community.

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.

Catalytic Land Cohort: Land banking as a tool for preventing displacement and increasing BIPOC affordable housing


Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

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

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

Moderator:

Diane Linn, Executive Director, Proud Ground

Presenters:

Brian Harper, Senior Regional Planner, Metro
Frank Alexander, Co-Founder & Senior Advisor, Center for Community Progress, Sam Nunn Professor of Law, Emeritus, Emory Law
Sharon Wade Ellis, Board member, Proud Ground and resident leader

Description:
Panel highlights the Catalytic Land Cohort, a 3-year initiative between Grounded Solutions Network and Center for Community Progress, as a strategy for promoting housing with lasting affordability at scale by leveraging land and philanthropic support in three focus cities. The Portland Cohort is led by Proud Ground, in partnership with Metro and resident leaders. Panelists will also speak to lessons learned in Atlanta and Houston, two cities where similar cohorts are a few years ahead. The project theme is centered around the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to identify housing needs, collaborate on solutions to further inclusive growth in the Portland area. Second, the project will identify and evaluate potential strategies to increase land ownership to develop lasting affordable housing at a scale that is both efficient and sufficient to meet the needs of Portland regional residents, specifically BIPOC communities.

Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership: Moving from Promises to Action


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:

Chelsea Bunch, Housing Integrator, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Presenter:

Senator James Manning Jr., Co-Chair Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership
Steve Messinetti, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East
Kimberly Horner, Executive Director, Portland Community Reinvestment Inc.

Description:
The Black Lives Matters movement is demanding reforms for racial justice. Homeownership for the BIPOC community is a key strategy for housing stabilization and generational wealth generation. Learn about the recommendations from the Oregon Legislative Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership to modify practices and procedures for mortgage loan applications and approvals to eliminate any impermissible discrimination or barriers. Second, learn about recommendations from Partners for Affordable Homeownership (PAH) to build an internal culture within the City of Portland to prioritize BIPOC homeownership. Join this discussion with leaders from the Task Force and PAH to learn how we can help support and advance BIPOC homeownership rates in Oregon.

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.

Campaign Nuts and Bolts: Centering equity within a diverse coalition


Date: Tuesday, Oct 20

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

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

Moderator:

Angela Martin, Executive Director, HereTogether Coalition

Presenter:

Katrina Holland, Executive Director, JOIN
Jon Issacs, VP Government Affairs, Portland Business Alliance
Tyler MacInnis, Executive Director, Welcome Home Coalition

Description:
Last May, voters in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties passed the HereTogether-Metro regional Supportive Housing Services measure. At $2.5 Billion it is the largest per capita investment in homeless services in the U.S., more than doubling the region’s spending on homeless services. Learn how the campaign structured their early pillars of success by building a community and business coalition before going to the voters, creating a public education campaign focused on stories of people with lived experiences with homelessness, and developing a policy framework centered on racial equity. The voter-approved program will prioritize services for BIPOC experiencing prolonged homelessness with complex disabilities, and BIPOC households experiencing short-term homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

Health and Housing Partnerships: National Perspectives on Building the Future We All Want


Date: Monday, Oct 19

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

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

Moderator:

Brian Rahmer, Vice President Health and Housing, Enterprise Community Partners

Panelists:

Dr. Megan Sandel, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Robin Hacke, Executive Director and Co-founder, Center for Community Investment
Romi Hall, Director, Healthy Homes and Communities, Neighborworks America
John Vu, Vice President of Strategy Community Health, Kaiser Permanente

Description:
We know that when communities lack safe, stable, healthy, affordable housing, it leaves too many of our neighbors vulnerable to health inequities including stress, chronic disease, and lower life expectancy. Structural racism across our systems means that Black, Indigenous and other people of color are disproportionately impacted by the housing and homelessness crisis. Health systems are investing in innovative affordable housing and homeless services across the country. This panel of national health and housing leaders explores the opportunities and barriers for accelerating and deepening partnerships between health care, affordable housing, public health, and business partners with a goal towards collective impact for health equity. What’s working for health care institutions when engaging with the housing sector? What is missing and where are the gaps for health and housing partnerships? How can such partnerships narrow racial inequities for access to quality healthcare and affordable housing?

Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO 2.0) and the landscape for health/housing partnerships


Date: Wed. Oct 14

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

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

Moderator:

Connor McDonnell, Housing Integrator, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Presenter:

Lori Kelley, Intensive Services, Housing and Social Determinants of Health Manager, Oregon Health Authority
Josh Kreits, Deputy Director, Washington County Department of Housing Services
Ryan Deibert, Housing Program Manager, Health Share of Oregon
Sam Engel, Manager, Social Determinants of Health, AllCare Health

Description:
Oregon established Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in 2012 to transform health care delivery statewide. Serving nearly one million people on the Oregon Health Plan under Oregon Health Authority oversight, CCOs strive to improve health and reduce costs by coordinating flexible, innovative services. Oregon’s next phase of health care transformation, known as “CCO 2.0,” launched in January 2020 and includes a goal to “Increase strategic spending by CCOs on social determinants of health, health equity and disparities in communities, including encouraging effective community partnerships.” What does CCO 2.0’s focus on social determinants and health equity mean, in practice, for community partners? How can housing and service providers collaborate with CCOs to increase stability and health for Oregonians? This session will highlight updates and partnership opportunities with CCOs related to housing and homelessness, including examples from Southern Oregon and the Portland metro area.

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.