10:30 AM - 11:45 AM PDT

27sep10:30 am11:45 am10:30 AM - 11:45 AM PDT

Event Details

Housing Development 101, Session 2: From Funding to Closing – Keeping Your North Star While Navigating Financing, Budgets, and Design Development

Room: Hawthorne/Sellwood
Tracks: Housing Development, Affordable Rental Housing

Delve into the rapidly changing landscape of financing, budgeting for, and developing the design of affordable housing projects in Oregon. Participants will learn about common and emerging pitfalls and how to avoid them. We’ll dive deeper into the opportunities and challenges of various funding sources, including LIHTCs, private activity bonds (PABs), and other state and local resources. Experts will share strategies and insights to keep your project on track and on-mission while ensuring it’s buildable, sustainable, and has the funding needed to make it a reality.

Goals: Develop an understanding of hurdles that arise during the predevelopment phase, how to successfully navigate them while keeping true to project goals, and how to assemble successful project financing that ensures sustainable operation.

Travis Phillips, Director Real Estate Development, Housing Development Center
Julie Proksch, Director Real Estate Development, Housing Development Center
Kimberly Taylor, Director of Asset Management, Housing Development Center
Andrea K. Sanchez, Deputy Director, Housing Development Center
Traci Manning, Executive Director, Housing Development Center

Wynne Watts Commons: Combining Accessibility, Affordability and Sustainability in Net-Zero Housing

Room: Three Sisters
Tracks: Clean Energy & Climate Resiliency, Housing Development, Affordable Rental Housing

Join this exciting discussion on how to create affordable, accessible, and sustainable housing in underserved communities. This presentation will provide best practices and information on valuable financing mechanisms used to design and finance Albertina Kerr’s Wynne Watts Commons. This unique sustainable housing development provides 150 affordable units, 30 of which are Universally accessible with state-of-the-art technology and rental subsidies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The discussion will dive into the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing net-zero design strategies in affordable multifamily housing with a focus on balancing financing opportunities and sustainability considerations. Attendees will learn about potential impacts of net-zero design practices on the broader affordable housing market in Oregon, while also considering the societal benefits including improved public health, reduced energy poverty, and increased building resiliency. 

Trisha Paul, Outreach Manager for Energy Trust of Oregon Incentives, Amarna Energy
Carly Harrison, Senior Development Manager, Edlen & Co.
Murray Jenkins, Executive Vice President, Ankrom Moison

The 4 Truths About Access to Housing

Room: Ross Island/Morrison
Tracks: Homelessness, Property and Asset Management

For several decades now, a wide spectrum of stakeholders, ranging from elected officials and housing organizations to community leaders, has devoted significant effort to enhancing housing access. Unfortunately, these endeavors have yielded minimal tangible outcomes. Regrettably, hardworking “home ready” individuals continue to face gentrification displacements from their communities or find themselves in a relentless struggle for shelter in overcrowded homeless facilities. In this context, it is crucial to understand the underlying reasons behind this housing crisis in Oregon and identify a singular, comprehensive solution that can drive substantial progress.

Tyrone Poole, President and Founder, OneApp

The Crisis of Relocation as an Opportunity to Strengthen Community

Room: Mt. Hood
Tracks: Property and Asset Management

Chaucer Court, a project-based section 8 historic former Odd Fellows building in downtown Portland, houses six stories of elderly and disabled tenants. It needed a new elevator. Building managers Dave and Kathy partnered with Peregrine Relocations and Community for Positive Aging’s Mel Shea to provide augmented services to the residents, minimizing the need for people to be moved out during the elevator replacement. Careful planning, active listening, hands-on engagement, and cooperation among the team and the residents saved this project a lot of time and money.

Larisa Zimmerman, Owner, Peregrine Relocations (Moderator)
Jon Ross, Team Lead, Peregrine Relocations
Mel Shea, Resident Service Specialist, Community for Positive Aging
Dave McCabe, Property Manager, Chaucer Court

Assistance Animals: Fair Housing Law and Advocacy

Room: Alaska/Idaho
Tracks: Policy & Advocacy, Resident Services, Fair Housing 

Nearly 60 percent of all national fair housing complaints are specific to assistance animals. This session will cover the federal fair housing act regarding reasonable accommodations and HUD guidance regarding assistance animals. Presenters will do a deep dive into what housing providers can and cannot do when it comes to trained service animals and emotional support animals. Attendees will learn how to submit a reasonable accommodation request for assistance animals, learn best practices, and how to advocate for someone who needs an assistance animal.

Glenda Moyer, Eastern Oregon Education and Outreach Coordinator, Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Savannah Meekins, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the North and Central Coast, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Innovative Affordable Housing Through Adaptive Reuse

Room: Mt. Bachelor
Tracks: Permanent Supportive Housing, Housing Development

Adaptive reuse is the process of transforming an existing building or site into a new function that meets the changing needs and demands of the community. It is a sustainable and creative way of preserving the historical and cultural value of a place, while also addressing the social and  economic challenges of the present. To ensure the success of adaptive reuse for affordable housing, project teams need to undertake a thorough and strategic planning and implementation process. Adaptive reuse for affordable housing is not without its challenges, however.

Join Salem Housing Authority, AC + Co Architecture and Walsh Construction Co. as the project team shares the lessons learned and successful approaches to the transformation of the Yaquina Hall Apartments, an historic renovation of the former Oregon State Hospital Nursing building in Salem. Yaquina Hall provides 52 units of housing with supportive services on site designed to address the needs of Salem’s most vulnerable, including those with serious and persistent mental illness. On-site supportive services address the unique needs of community members experiencing homelessness, and those with disabilities in developing permanent housing goals.

Jessica Blakely, Director of Development and Strategy, Salem Housing Authority
Richard Rothweiler, AIA, President, AC+Co Architecture
Brandi Pine, Project Manager, Walsh Construction
Nicole Utz, Housing Administrator, Salem Housing Authority

Supported Living: Making Affordable Housing Work for Everyone

Room: Mt. St. Helens
Tracks: Serving Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Effective and sustainable Supported Living models can be challenging to stitch together. People with IDD are eligible for an array of supportive services, but their service providers often don’t know how to connect with affordable housing developers. Further, because individuals living with IDD often don’t qualify for Permanent Supportive Housing subsidies, the lack of rental assistance set aside for this tenant group makes Supported Living opportunities even more challenging. This session will include a discussion of the opportunities and challenges of creating supported living opportunities for individuals living with IDD and provide examples of successful partnerships that promise to help bridge the gap between developers and providers.

Margaret Van Vliet, Advisor to Kuni Foundation (Moderator)
Terri Silvis, CEO, Horizon Project
Trell Anderson, Executive Director, Northwest Housing Alternatives
Service Provider, TBD


September 27, 2023 10:30 am - 11:45 am PDT(GMT+00:00)


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