10:30 AM-11:45 AM PDT

26sep10:30 am11:45 am10:30 AM-11:45 AM PDT

Event Details

Bank On – The Movement for the Unbanked and Underbanked

Room: Hawthorne/Sellwood
Tracks: Community Reinvestment

Come learn about Bank On Oregon, which is part of a national effort to ensure everyone has access to financial opportunities that improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. You’ll find out why people are unbanked, what is being done to overcome the barriers faced by people who are unbanked, and how your institution can get involved. Hear about what motivates your peers to establish certified Bank On accounts at their financial institutions, and their experiences getting the account up and running. This session is ideal for financial institutions, community partners and other stakeholders.

Rebekah Bassett, Family Economic Opportunity Program Director, Casa of Oregon (Moderator)
Ken Riedel, Assistant Vice President & Regional Branch Manager, Unitus Credit Union
Rachell Hall, Financial Analyst, Urban League of Portland
Craig Vattiat, Financial Education and Outreach Coordinator, Oregon Division of Financial Regulation
Guillermo Sandoval, Vice President, Financial Inclusion Director, Umpqua Bank

Resident Services 101 – Session 2: Integrity in Action: Ethical Considerations, Boundaries, and Professionalism in Resident Services

Room: Alaska/Idaho
Track: Resident Services

Ethics and boundaries form the cornerstone of Resident Services. In this session, review critical topics like confidentiality, professional boundaries, and conflict resolution. Engage with case studies and interactive discussions to explore various scenarios and strategies for maintaining ethical practices. Also, gain insights into outcomes tracking and data systems for effective program evaluation. Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate ethical challenges and uphold the highest standards of professionalism.

Rosanne Marmor LCSW, Principal, Pulse Wellness Cooperative
Zahra Pike, Program Supervisor, Home Forward

Environmental and Housing Justice for All Is Within Reach by Focusing on Resource Efficiencies, Workforce Development, Funding Sources, and Collaboration

Room: Mt. Bachelor
Track: Clean Energy & Climate Resiliency, Equity and Racial Justice

Climate action and housing justice are a puzzle we can solve together. To do so, we must first shift our mindset. While resource efficiency, access to funding and developing skills all matter, it is the intersection of these three factors that allows us to create a holistic solution for housing and climate justice.
Join our panel of change agents to learn about innovative design and construction practices, policies as well as new, shifting and existing funding opportunities you can leverage in your projects. We will explore training, debt, incentives and tax credits/deduction programs that invest in both people and resource efficiencies to build and rebuild for a better tomorrow.

Eric Foley, Senior Manager, Multifamily Programs, Earth Advantage
Andrew Colas, CEO & President, Colas Construction
James Metoyer III, Executive Director, Enercity Collaborative
Wendy Koelfgen, Clean Energy Project Manager, PCEF, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Will Mulhern, Energy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy

Hoarding: Supporting Residents With Too Much Stuff

Room: Mt. Hood
Track: Property and Asset Management, Resident Services

The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a lasting impact on our residents who struggle with excessive acquiring and hoarding behaviors. Property Managers and Service Coordinators may feel at a loss for how to successfully house a resident who is consistently failing inspections due to this behavior. This session will cover what Hoarding Disorder is and the best practices we can employ as housing providers to both support the resident and enforce the lease and property rules. Participants will learn strategies for proactively engaging with residents and how to work with the resident in a trauma-informed way. We will also cover fair housing as it relates to Hoarding Disorder and how to navigate the Reasonable Accommodation process for the highest chance of success.

Miley Stanton-Flowers, Supervisor of Service Coordination and Eviction Prevention Specialist, Schnitzer Properties

Student Housing Insecurity: Affordable Housing Creates Equity in Access and Completion

Room: Mt. St. Helens
Track: Affordable Rental Housing, Resident Services, Homelessness

Affordable housing is an issue for students seeking postsecondary degrees and credentials in Portland and across the country. College Housing Northwest created the Affordable Rents for College Students (ARCS) program in 2020 to provide subsidies to students most in need. Since then our program has tripled in size and we have acquired new buildings to meet the growing need for affordable housing for college students. In this session you will hear from students who have struggled with homelessness and housing insecurity and learn how affordable, supportive housing has impacted their lives.

Pam Blumenthal, Director, Affordable Rents for College Students, College Housing Northwest
Shandanny Lagunas, PSU Student
Alex Evans, PSU Student
Enna Marks, PCC Student

The Least Known and Most Important Presidential Executive Order: How the Justice 40 Initiative Mandates Forty Percent of Most Federal Spending Go to Lower Income Communities and Communities of Color

Room: Ross Island/Morrison
Tracks: Community Reinvestment, Equity and Racial Justice

Organizations in Oregon working with low and moderate income communities and communities of color could miss out on millions of dollars unless the federal Justice 40 Initiative is implemented in their geography.  Forty percent of all federal program dollars must go to census tracks with lower incomes that have faced both discrimination and environmental adversity. Learn about the Biden administration’s unprecedented commitment to economic and racial equity and how to access these resources.

Jerry Kellman, Senior Advisor, Organizing, National Community Reinvestment Coalition (Moderator)
Kathleen (Kat) Compton, Region 10 Climate Coordinator, Environmental Protection Agency
Bryan Guiney, Director, Oregon Field Office, Housing and Urban Development

Find the Money: How to Stack Financial Incentives Through the Inflation Reduction Act, Energy Trust of Oregon, and More

Room: Three Sisters
Tracks: Clean Energy & Climate Resiliency

Join the NW Energy Collaborative for a dynamic panel discussion about state and federal energy efficiency incentive programs. Through our workshop, you will learn how to leverage the benefits of energy efficiency and green building certifications by claiming multiple incentive programs, including those revamped in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Our friendly panel of industry experts will guide you through clever strategies and relatable examples, ensuring you can confidently navigate incentive programs such as 45L, 179D, OR-MEP, Energy Trust of Oregon, and Green Resilience Retrofit Program (GRRP). Our interactive Q&A session is intended to promote audience participation and group discussion. Don’t miss out on discovering how to save big and promote more affordable housing in Oregon.

Jonathan Wrobel, Director of Operations, NW Energy Collaborative (Moderator)
William T. Castrillón, Director of Building Certifications, NW Energy Collaborative
Mai Huynh-Carnes, Sr. Development Mngr, Community Development Partners
Michelle Foster, Vice Pres. of Sustainability, Home Innovation Research Labs
Trisha Paul, Outreach Mngr Energy Trust of Oregon Incentives, Amarna Energy


September 26, 2023 10:30 am - 11:45 am PDT(GMT+00:00)


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