3:15 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

27sep3:15 pm4:30 pm3:15 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Event Details

Balancing Trauma-Informed Design and Durability in Permanent Supportive Housing

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

The demand for Permanent Supportive Housing continues to increase throughout Oregon, resulting in new developments and conversions of existing properties. While designing through a trauma-informed lens is a top focus for design teams, minimizing deficiencies and long-term durability is also of the utmost concern. This session will address design choices that create long-term durability of permanent supportive housing properties while considering the lived experience of residents through trauma-informed design. Focusing on Sequoia Crossings, a 60-unit permanent supportive housing development in Salem that is scheduled for completion in early 2024, the project team will discuss special design considerations to promote an overall sense of well-being for residents, safety and resident relations, and how planning for long-term durability and maintenance means considering how damage or failures in individual units may affect other residents.

Kalina Kunert, Senior Project Manager, Pinnacle Architecture (Moderator)
Jessica Blakely, Assistant Housing Administrator, Director of Development & Strategy, Salem Housing Authority
Aaron Maguire, Senior Project Manager, LMC Construction
Ryan Cain, Senior Project Designer, Pinnacle Architecture

The Art of Service Through Compassion

Room: Mt. Bachelor
Tracks: Permanent Supportive Housing, Resident Services

This workshop discusses the impacts of permanent supportive housing in communities, with lessons learned from our experiences in Northeast Portland, and the importance of wraparound services for participants. The homeless epidemic has caused damage throughout communities. By bringing perspective and compassion to the affordable housing industry, true change can be made. We’ll share our holistic approach to housing, mental health and homelessness, and the role of peer zones to deepen relationships and reinforce a sense of community and familiarity. Addressing mental health issues, we’ll consider common triggers and coping mechanisms and strategies for creating safe healing environments. While affordability and sustainability are key ingredients to success, wrap around support is the glue that holds it all together.

Leor Beverly, Program Manager, Permanent Supportive Housing Team, Urban League of Portland
Lonnie Silva, Assistant Program Manager, Permanent Supportive Housing Team, Urban League of Portland
Caprice Howard, Peer Support Specialist, Urban League of Portland

A Deep Dive Into Affordable Housing Finance: Part 2: Creative Solutions and Opportunities Using Tax Exempt Housing Bonds

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

Continuing from Part 1, this session delves into creative financing options that have been and are being successfully implemented. This part will include observations on how to think outside the box and leverage various funding mechanisms to support affordable housing projects. Whether you’re an experienced financier or looking to deepen your understanding of financing tools, this workshop offers a comprehensive look at the dynamic world of affordable housing bonds. 

Michael Schrader, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

LIHTC Lease-Up Preparation Through Development, Asset and Property Management Integration

Room: Hawthorne/Sellwood
Tracks: Affordable Rental Housing, Property and Asset Management

LIHTC property lease-ups have never been more challenging. Hurdles to navigate include layered compliance requirements, escalating operating costs, property management staffing issues, construction delays, and stabilization concerns. It takes skill and know-how to prepare for a successful lease up and meet (or beat!) investor expectations. In this lively and interactive session, a panel comprised of the development, asset management, and property management team from a recently completed project will explain how they managed a successful lease-up and permanent loan conversion—sharing what worked and what didn’t—and how the teams worked together to share responsibilities. Audience members can ask questions and share their own perspectives as they learn about solutions to common LIHTC lease-up issues. We’ll discuss credit delivery expectations, first-year budget numbers, property management and compliance staffing, stabilization requirements, and roles and responsibilities for the entire team. Set your property up for success before it’s built by knowing what to negotiate and model on the front end of the deal, coordinating department efforts and responsibilities starting at feasibility, and ensuring team integration throughout construction and lease-up to get your project successfully through conversion. Bring your questions, ideas, and stories; and troubleshoot issues with your peers! 

Kimberly Taylor, Director of Asset Management, Housing Development Center
Members of the Colonia Paz II project team from FHDC, Evolve, and HDC

A Model for Nonprofit CDC Partnership in Housing Development

Room: Mt. St. Helens
Tracks: Affordable Rental Housing, Housing Development

This workshop explores the Joint Venture partnership between REACH CDC and Bienestar, a true partnership that is mission aligned and financially beneficial to both organizations. Their JV relationship spans multiple projects including Plaza Los Amigos, The Mary Ann, Elmonica Station and future projects. Bienestar is a culturally specific nonprofit with deep roots in the Hispanic community in Hillsboro and Washington County. REACH is an established affordable housing developer with a strong balance sheet and development track record.

We’ll specifically explore the JV responsibilities and ownership split in the Plaza Los Amigos project during the predevelopment and construction phases with REACH performing most development and construction management duties. At conversion to permanent financing, Bienestar will become full owner and manager. Both will each receive approximately 50% of total developer fee. Through this relationship, Bienestar is able to strengthen its track record and development credentials while increasing its ability to secure financing for larger projects in the future.

Peter Clements, Interim Director of Housing Development, REACH Community Development
Nathan Teske, Executive Director, Bienestar

Navigating the Path Ahead: Exploring the Future of Property Management in Nonprofit Affordable Housing

Room: Three Sisters
Tracks: Property & Asset Management, Executive Leadership, Permanent Supportive Housing

Join us for an enlightening panel and interactive discussion as we dive into the future of property management in the nonprofit affordable housing sector, with a specific focus on the unique challenges and opportunities in managing permanent supportive housing (PSH), transitional housing, tax-credit, and other subsidized properties. In this session, we will explore various aspects of property management, including vendor models, supporting front-line staff, minimizing turnover, and fostering a human-centered holistic culture within the field.

Kevin Cronin, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Housing Oregon
William Allen, Horizon Property Management
Maria Elena Guerra, Executive Director, Farm Worker Housing Development Corporation

An Outcome Focused Approach to Addressing Equity and Racial Justice

Room: Alaska / Idaho room
Tracks: Equity and Racial Justice, Resident Services; Executive Leadership

To make meaningful change, it is important to understand what a community needs and start with the desired outcomes in mind. This requires a clear understanding of the community and often requires the community to be part of the development process. We know with any approach to solving issues, there are challenges to overcome and lots of work to be done. When selecting actions, we may not completely understand how they will support or impact the desired outcomes we hope to achieve. Staying focused on the end state and barriers that need to be mitigated or removed to get us there is an approach that anyone could use to design programs, launch initiatives, or develop new services. This session will be an interactive workshop style session where attendees will learn an approach to develop solutions with the end in mind.

Quinn Parker, CEO, Encolor
Sepideh Rezania, Owner, Principal Consultant, Unrooz Solutions


September 27, 2023 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm PDT(GMT+00:00)


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