1:45 PM - 3:00 PM PDT

28sep1:45 pm3:00 pm1:45 PM - 3:00 PM PDT

Event Details

A Shared Palette: Transforming Affordable Housing Communities Through the Power of Color and Collaboration

Room: Mt. Hood
Tracks: Affordable Rental Housing, Property and Asset Management

Embark on a captivating journey into the transformative power of color in our affordable housing communities. Join Homes for Good as we delve into the creation of an extraordinary palette guide, seamlessly blending trauma-informed design and community heritage. Experience a visual expedition as we unravel the meticulous process of curating a comprehensive palette that deeply resonates with our residents. Discover how we empower our staff to select colors that authentically reflect each community’s unique essence, fostering inclusivity and engagement.

Witness the magic of collaboration as we unveil our remarkable partnership with visionary architects. Together, we have forged a cross-divisional document, empowering Capital projects, site, real estate development, and resident services teams to craft environments that warmly embrace our cherished residents. Join us for an immersive session where color, compassion, and community converge, inspiring you to revolutionize the creation of welcoming spaces for those in need.

Jordyn Shaw, Communications & Administrative Specialist, Homes for Good Housing Agency

Innovations in Health and Homeless Service System Integration: Regional Shs Funds and Medicaid

Room: Mt. Bachelor
Tracks: Policy & Advocacy, Executive Leadership, Homelessness, Permanent Supportive Housing

Partners from Health Share, OHSU, Metro, Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties will host a panel discussion that provides an overview of key initiatives that foster health and homeless services system integration. The session will include a summary of projects made possible by Medicaid and Supportive Housing Services Funds that have significantly scaled regional capacity to address homelessness.

The session will address the evolution of Health Share’s Housing Benefit Pilot launched in 2022, advancements in cross-sector data sharing that enable better care coordination for shared clients of health and homeless services systems, and planned expansion in recuperative care capacity across the region. We’ll discuss regional coordination and the shared vision for the implementation of Oregon’s Medicaid 1115 Waiver which carves out housing support as a Health-Related Social Need benefit. Attendees will learn about opportunities to leverage Medicaid funding to improve services in affordable and permanent supportive housing programs.

Jes Larson, Assistant Director, Washington County Department of Housing Services
Jake Arrastia, Senior Director Innovation & Integration, Central City Concern
Allie Alexander Sheridan, Program Coordinator, Washington County Health and Human Services
Alyssa Craigie, Director, Health Systems Integration, HealthShare Oregon
Vahid Brown, Housing Policy and Engagement Coordinator, Housing Authority Clackamas County

Rebuilding and Resilience: After the Alameda Wildfire

Room: Hawthorne/Sellwood
Tracks: Rural Communities, Housing Development

With the reality of climate change and environmental disasters, coupled with housing disparities that exacerbate impacts in vulnerable communities, we are living in precarious times. How can we as designers, planners, contractors and developers better engage and support community based organizations (CBOs) to prepare a more resilient future? In this case study about Talent Mobile Estates – an Oregon community wiped out by a wildfire in 2000 that will re-open in 2024 – our panel will discuss how to build resilience with Resident Owned Communities. This session touches on innovations in: farm worker housing and mobile home park development; post-wildfire planning and community engagement methods; factory built housing and modular mass timber construction.

Rose Ojeda, Manufactured Housing and Cooperative Development Center, Casa of Oregon
Leticia Cervantes, Innovation Director, Hacienda CDC
Alex Salazar, Founding Principal, Salazar Architect
Dan Snow, Senior Project Manager, Walsh Construction

Post Occupancy Evaluations in New Affordable Housing

Room: Three Sisters
Tracks: Affordable Rental Housing, Housing Development

Holst Architecture implemented a Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) plan in 2023, with the goal of providing a holistic understanding of the occupant’s experience in a recently completed affordable housing project. Using a mixed-methods approach, the Holst team collected qualitative and quantitative data focusing on the building users’ comfort, wellness, and satisfaction within a multi-family space. The data was collected through a resident survey, resident focus groups, building staff interviews and site walk-throughs. The intent is for the data to be shared with the client team, as well as the housing and architecture fields, serving as a powerful design tool to inform best-practices for future projects. The Holst team plans to share the results of the POE, as well as lessons-learned for implementing future POEs in multi-family projects.

Maggie Harris, Project Manager, Holst Architecture
Cory Hawbecker, Principal and Sustainability Director, Holst Architecture
Rosemary Hill, Designer, Holst Architecture

Incorporating the IDD Communities’ Unmet Needs Into Our Understanding of Fair Housing

Room: Mt. St. Helens
Tracks: Serving Individuals w/ Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Fair Housing

A recap of the findings from a 2020 data study that documents the ways in which people with IDD are left out of housing policy conversations. This session will help participants understand the troubling history of institutionalization and the continued struggle for people with intellectual and development disabilities and highlight the continued struggle for independent housing faced by tens of thousands of Oregonians. It will also explore the implications for fair housing and housing needs planning under both state and federal regulations.

Margaret Van Vliet, Advisor to Kuni Foundation (Moderator)
Jake Cornett, Executive Director, Disability Rights Oregon
Matt Serres, Legal Director, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Homesharing: A National Response to the Affordable Housing Crisis

Room: Ross Island/Morrison
Tracks: Homeownership, Affordable Rental Housing

Home Sharing has taken off across the country as an effective response to the affordable housing crisis. This session will be a panel discussion including thought leaders on Home Sharing and will cover Oregon updates on the Home Share movement, policy recommendations to support the movement, updates on technological advancements to support home share participants, as well as actual home share participants to provide testimony on their experiences.

Tess Fields, Executive Director, HomeShare Oregon
Keiira Pham, HomeShare participant
Amy Ford, Senior Vice President for Programs and Marketing, Silvernest
Barbary Brunner, Board Member, HomeShare Oregon

Overdose Prevention and Aftercare in Central City Concern Supportive Housing

Room: Alaska/Idaho
Tracks: Permanent Supportive Housing, Resident Services, Homelessness

Tragically, Oregon saw a 34% increase in opioid overdose deaths between 2020 and 2021—the second highest in the country. The increase is in part due to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. Central City Concern’s residents have been profoundly affected by this trend. In response, CCC launched an opioid safety improvement project to address overdose prevalence and risk within our housing continuum with two major bodies of work: a rapid response pathway where we address urgent overdose risks and a population pathway where we are building a deeper understanding of at-risk populations we serve. We will present on interventions to date, including low-barrier and accessible naloxone and a clinical coordination overdose prevention and aftercare team.

Juliana DePietro, Overdose Prevention Program Manager, Central City Concern
Gordon Keepers, Associate Director for Integrated Mental Health in Housing, Central City Concern


September 28, 2023 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm PDT(GMT+00:00)


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