1:45 PM - 3:00 PM PDT     

27sep1:45 pm3:00 pm1:45 PM - 3:00 PM PDT     

Event Details

Housing Development 101, Session 3: Closing, Construction, and Operation – Ensuring Your Project Makes It Off the Ground and Serves Everyone Well for the Long Haul

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

This session focuses on the latter stages of the development process, from construction through lease-up and into operation. Participants will learn strategies to keep projects on schedule and on budget during construction, ensure successful lease up and conversion (hold on to those developer fees!), and set a course for smooth ongoing operation. Participants will also have the opportunity to connect and network with fellow professionals, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing to support successful initiatives in Oregon’s affordable housing sector.

Goals: Enhance your understanding of construction-period challenges and opportunities; develop strategies for efficient and successful lease-up and operations; identify resources and best practices; and foster professional connections in the industry.

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

A Deep Dive Into Affordable Housing Finance: Part 1: Navigating the New Reality of Affordable Housing Financing

Room: Ross Island/Morrison
Tracks: Housing Development, Homeownership, Executive Leadership

Join us for an exploration of the challenges and opportunities in the ever-changing landscape of affordable housing financing. This session will provide insights into headwinds facing the industry, the new realities for private activity bond volume cap and financing projects using LIFT and PSH loans funded with Article 11 Q bonds, as well as touching on innovative and alternative financing strategies. Learn from leading experts as they discuss the current environment and offer practical solutions for navigating these complexities.

Michael Schrader, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Housing Advocacy 101: Using Data and Storytelling to Advocate for Affordable Homes

Room: Three Sisters
Tracks: Policy & Advocacy, Executive Leadership, Resident Services

This workshop, led by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), will discuss strategies for engaging with federal, state, and local elected officials to advocate for affordable housing, and how to effectively make your voice heard in the halls of power. Participants will learn how to combine data and storytelling to convey a message that sticks with policymakers. The workshop will include an overview of NLIHC’s Gap and Out of Reach data, which quantify the shortage of affordable homes and the impact of the affordability crisis on the lowest-income renters, and how to effectively harness this data to make the case for housing investments. The presentation will also include an update about the state of housing policy on Capitol Hill and how to plug into ongoing federal advocacy efforts.

Courtney Cooperman, Housing Advocacy Organizer, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Developing the Next Generation of Affordable Housing Professionals

Room: Mt. Hood
Tracks:  Executive Leadership, Housing Development, Affordable Rental Housing

Description: Description: This session represents an interactive workshop to discuss challenges, opportunities, and strategies to develop a more robust and diverse pipeline of new affordable housing professionals. The discussion will focus on, amongst others, identifying skills & knowledge required by the industry (currently and in the future), implementing experiential learning programs and investigating cooperation opportunities between industry organizations and educational institutions. The session will use Kahoot to give attendees the opportunity to join the conversation and share their suggestions/ideas. 

Julia Freybote, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance and Real Estate, School of Business, Portland State University

Affordable Housing Continuum

Room: Mt. Bachelor
Tracks: Homelessness, Housing Development

There are multiple different types of affordable housing needed in Portland as well as multiple support services to enable success for residents.  The Division Street Campus, made up of Cedar Commons (2020), Crescent Court (2022), and Meridian Gardens (2024), provide a variety of housing options and support services for the Southeast Portland community.  This session will explore the various types of affordable housing needed, the multiple services provided to the residents, and how a cohesive team has been able to deliver these projects on time and on schedule in the tumultuous construction environment of the past few years.

Mary-Rain O’Meara, Senior Director of Community Development, Central City Concern
Stefanie Kondor, Senior Vice President of Development, Related Northwest
Meghan Herteg, Project Manager, Walsh Construction
Laurie Linville Gregston, Principal Manager, Ankrom Moisan
Jenna Mogstad, Associate, Ankrom Moisan

In Pursuit of Just, Equitable, and Inclusive Housing in Rural Communities – a Case Study

Room: Mt. St. Helens
Tracks: Rural Communities, Property and Asset Management

This session will explore innovative rural / walk-up scale housing with multiple goals in intergenerational, trauma-informed, net-zero-energy, deep sustainability, contextually-designed, native-landscaped, asset-based supportive housing. This includes addressing challenges specific to rural development including design solutions, unique financing and budget solutions, local labor capacity, and following through on all of these goals with massive pandemic-driven cost escalation. We’ll provide meaningful, actionable, repeatable strategies for others to employ and improve upon and invite audience Q & A and discussion on what can be done more effectively to enable and enhance future rural housing projects.

Andrea Wallace, Principal Architect, Ink Built Architecture (Moderator)
James Lee, Development Project Manager, Community Development Partners
Sarah Parker, Executive Director, Northeast Oregon Housing Authority
Nate Ember, Principal & Project Architect, Ink Built Architecture

Stacking Federal Funding and Tax Credits With State and Local Incentives to Reduce Energy Upgrade Costs

Room: Alaska/Idaho
Tracks: Policy & Advocacy, Housing Development, Clean Energy & Climate Resiliency 

Recent federal legislation has dramatically expanded opportunities for multifamily affordable housing owners to capture cash rebates, tax credits and other incentives through energy efficiency upgrades and investing in renewables. Congress passed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in 2021 and the $369 billion Inflation Reduction Act in 2022. Oregon estimates to receive $250 million in funding for energy efficiency, weatherization, grid resilience and more over the next five years. A core focus of the federal funding is to benefit low- and moderate- income households and preserve affordable housing. In many cases, these incentives can be combined with state, local, and utility incentives to dramatically offset costs of energy upgrades and deliver clear benefits to affordable housing owners, developers, and residents. Attend this session to hear from a panel of policy leaders to learn more about these new funding opportunities and how you can be prepared as funding becomes available.

Julia Sinex, Technical Manager, Oregon Housing & Community Services, Multifamily Energy Program (Moderator)
Dan Elliott, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Housing & Community Services
Will Mulhern, Oregon Housing & Community Services


September 27, 2023 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm PDT(GMT+00:00)


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