october, 2021

06oct10:30 am11:30 am10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT (1:30 pm -2:30 pm EDT)

Event Details

Workshop: Addressing Construction Workforce Gaps as Need for Affordable Housing Grows

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 6
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am PDT (1:30 pm -2:30 pm EDT)

Mekha Abraham, Program Manager, OHCS Multifamily Energy Program

Michael Figueredo, OHCS, Weatherization Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator
James Metoyer, Workforce Development Training Manager, Earth Advantage
Lisa Palermo, Development Director, Oregon Tradeswoman

In the next twenty years more than 580,000 new homes must be added in Oregon, and more than half of them need to be affordable. While the demand for new affordable housing continues to grow, a construction workforce shortage is also growing throughout the state. To meet the demand, the construction industry will need to attract new talent that’s highly skilled, qualified, and diverse. In this session, you’ll hear from state leaders offering multiple training programs to address this gap, including initiatives focused on the green building and energy-efficiency industry, which is growing fast as new energy policies are rolled out from the local to global level to drive down energy use and emissions from buildings. Audience participation is highly encouraged, so take part in order to better understand your construction workforce needs in affordable housing.

Workshop: Equitable Research, Evaluation, and Governance for Supportive Housing Programs

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 6
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am PDT (1:30 pm -2:30 pm EDT)

Dr. Marisa Zapata, Associate Professor of Land-Use Planning and Director of Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative, Portland State University
Alyssa Craigie, Director of Health Systems Integration, Health Share of Oregon
L. Bentley Moses, Program Manager, Center for Outcomes Research and Education

What does it look like for homelessness research and evaluation practices to be centered on racial equity and people who have lived experience with homelessness? Researchers from Health Share of Oregon worked with Portland State University’s Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative and Providence CORE to answer this question. They will discuss their study focused on the Regional Supportive Housing Impact Fund, which addresses the growing need for permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness with serious health care needs in the Portland metropolitan region. The findings and recommendations of this study provide actionable guidance for any organization seeking more equitable research, evaluation, and governance approaches for supportive housing and homelessness services.


(Wednesday) 10:30 am - 11:30 am


Housing Oregon works to ensure all Oregonians have a healthy and stable place to live. Housing Oregon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 8427Portland, OR 97207


Brian HoopAssociation Directorbrian@housingoregon.org503-475-6056

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