october, 2021

07oct1:30 pm2:30 pm1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT)

Event Details

Workshop: Pathways to Stability for People Experiencing IDD and Homelessness

Date: Thursday, Oct. 7
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm PDT (4:30 pm – 5:30 pm EDT)


Margaret Van Vliet, Consultant, Trillium Advisors

Terri Silvis, Ph.D, CEO, Horizon Projects
Jennifer Knapp, Executive Director, Community Vision
Bryce Bahler, LICSW, Director, Transitional Community Treatment, Ryther

This session will highlight the challenges and opportunities to securing stable housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Building off of EcoNorthwest’s 2020 data study that revealed deep but still hidden unmet housing needs for this special population, three project sponsors will share how they are forging solutions for our neurodiverse neighbors in both urban and rural communities.

Workshop: The Building Blocks of DEI, Mentorship & Partnerships on Affordable Housing Projects

Date: Thursday, Oct. 7
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm PDT (4:30 pm – 5:30 pm EDT)

Afton Walsh, Community Outreach Director and Project Manager, WALSH Construction Co.
Maurice Rahming, President, O’Neill Construction Group
Kenechi Onyeagusi, Executive Director, PBDG

Join this panel discussion on the importance of diversity, mentorship, and partnership in the architecture, engineering and construction industries when we’re building affordable housing. You’ll learn what construction contractors, trade partners, and trade associations are doing to encourage and support underrepresented industry partners to ensure success on the project and in the community.

Workshop:  SB 8 – Expanding Affordable Housing Options on Commercially Zoned Properties

Date:  Thursday, Oct. 7

Time:  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm PDT (4:30 pm – 5:30 pm EDT)


Mary Kyle McCurdy, Deputy Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon


Ariel Nelson, Lobbyist, Oregon League of Cities

Joel Madsen, Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority & Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation

Emily Reiman, Executive Director, DevNW


SB 8 was passed during the 2021 legislative session making it easier for affordable housing developers to build on land not zoned for residential use bypassing local zoning and conditional use development processes. Join this panel discussion to learn more about strategies for engaging with planners to ease implementation in your local jurisdiction. Hear from local developers who advocated for this project and the types of projects they envision will now be easier to site and build working in partnership with faith-based communities and on land zoned for commercial use. Also learn how HB 2008 provides for property tax exemptions on property of religious organizations used solely to provide affordable housing to low-income households.


(Thursday) 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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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