3:15 PM - 4:30 PM PDT 

26sep3:15 pm4:30 pm3:15 PM - 4:30 PM PDT 

Event Details

Affordable Housing and Homeownership: A Comprehensive Cra Perspective

Room: Hawthorne/Sellwood
Tracks: Community Reinvestment, Homeownership

This insightful workshop explores the critical intersection of affordable housing and homeownership through the lens of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). This workshop is designed to provide bankers, financial institutions, and community development professionals with a deep understanding of how CRA commitments can support and promote affordable housing initiatives and expand homeownership opportunities.

Grace Chang, Senior Affordable Housing Relationship Manager, Commercial Real Estate, Umpqua Bank (Moderator)
Qualen Carter, AVP, Community Lending Officer, Home Lending, Umpqua Bank (Moderator)
Erica Calderon, Housing Development Manager, Bienestar
Trell Anderson, Executive Director, Northwest Housing Alternatives

Designing, Building, Upgrading, Maintaining and Operating Your Property for a Better Tomorrow Through a Resiliency Lens

Room: Mt. Bachelor
Tracks: Clean Energy & Climate Resiliency, Property & Asset Management

In today’s rapidly changing world, the importance of resilient building design, construction, and operations cannot be overstated. As societies face the increasing impacts of human and nature-induced disruptions, such as natural disasters and utility outages, being prepared is paramount. The focus of this discussion will include both new and existing buildings, planning for and operating these spaces within an ever-changing environment. While climate risks and weather events faced by the housing market vary in intensity nationally, regionally and locally, there are opportunities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and adapt to these climate changes. Join us as we apply a resiliency lens through the eyes of policy makers and practitioners.

Eric Foley, Senior Manager, Multifamily Programs, Earth Advantage
Jonna Papaefthimiou, Chief Resilience Officer, State of Oregon
Jeremy Van Keuren, Community Resilience Manager, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
Garrett Runck, Real Estate & Development Project Manager, Hacienda CDC
Alex Boetzel, Head of Residential Innovations, Earth Advantage

Building Bridges With Congress: A Guide to Advocacy, Relationships, and Community Project Funding

Room: Mt. Hood
Tracks: Policy & Advocacy, Executive Leadership

Explore the avenues of collaboration with federal representatives in this empowering workshop. Learn how congressional offices can assist community-based organizations in navigating federal agencies and helping nonprofit leaders put together competitive applications for congressionally directed spending. This panel of old hands will guide you through the essentials of building strong relationships with congressional staff and provide insights into how to approach an office for the very first time. The session will also cover engaging on tax credit reform, weighing in on annual budget advocacy, and pursuing a tailored federal policy agenda. By emphasizing the advantages of utilizing congressional staff’s comprehensive coordination between federal, state, and local governments, your organization will be well-positioned to transform housing visions into tangible community impacts.

Tyler Frisbee, Senior Strategic Advisor, Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Dan Mahr, Senior Labor Advisory & Field Rep., Office of Senator Jeff Merkley
Joel Madsen, Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation

Grassroots Communication: Community Advertising Essentials

Room: Alaska/Idaho
Tracks: Resident Services

Engage in an immersive experience exploring the building blocks of community-centered advertising. This workshop offers hands-on practice with tools like Microsoft Publisher and Canva, encouraging participants to explore and create. Focus areas include image selection, eye-catching titles, layout composition, readability, translation, visual information, font size, contrast, and copyright considerations. Special attention is given to racial equity in advertising and maintaining an inclusive and trauma-informed approach. From playful graphics to dyslexia-friendly fonts, participants will leave with a toolkit for effective and equitable community advertising.

Zahra Pike, Program Supervisor, Community Services, Home Forward

Turning Your Organization Into a Financial Empowerment Center

Room: Mt. St. Helens
Tracks: Community Reinvestment

This is a training session on how organizations can provide financial  coaching and support to their community. This session is for organizations who want to work to transform the situation of their Individual Development Account (IDA) clients OR for organizations who do not host an IDA program, but want to create their own financial empowerment initiative.

Juan Compose, Director of Economic Opportunity, Hacienda CDC
Riley Eldredge, Director, CASH Oregon, Metropolitan Family Services
Laura Bower, IDA Program Manager, Portland Housing Center
Alex Manoogian, Interim Executive Director, Financial Beginnings Oregon

An Introduction to Asset Building

Room: Ross Island/Morrison
Tracks: Community Reinvestment

Asset building is how individuals, families, and communities gather the resources that will move them towards economic well-being, for now and for years to come.  We will discuss strategies for asset building that persons in your community can use. If persons have assets, they can stay in their homes and neighborhoods; use their good credit to secure a mortgage; pursue higher education for themselves or their children; take risks that result in a better job or starting a business; save for retirement; and remain stable through financial emergencies.

Rebekah Bassett, Family Economic Opportunity Program Director, Casa of Oregon (Moderator)
Kymberly Horner, Executive Director, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative
Nicole Leon, Executive Director, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Anette Case. Program Officer Pacific Northwest, Asset Funders Network


September 26, 2023 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm PDT(GMT+00:00)


Housing Oregon works to ensure all Oregonians have a healthy and stable place to live. Housing Oregon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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P.O. Box 8427
Portland, OR 97207

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