9:00 AM - 10:15 AM PDT  

28sep9:00 am10:15 am9:00 AM - 10:15 AM PDT  

Event Details

Moving Forward With a Past: Fair Housing for People With Criminal Histories

Room: Three Sisters
Tracks: Equity and Racial Justice, Resident Services, Fair Housing

This session will cover fair housing laws and responsibilities as they relate to individuals with criminal histories. Topics covered will include disparate impact in the housing application process, the reasonable accommodation and modification process relating to the protected class of disability, and advocacy strategies for applicants with criminal histories. Attendees will learn how to advocate for applicants with criminal histories, ways of supporting individuals during the screening process, and educate themselves on the intersection of fair housing and the criminal justice system. This session includes important information for those involved in Rapid Re-Housing Programs.

Mel Keller, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Willamette Valley, Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Gina Rizk, Education and Outreach Specialist, Portland Metro and Salem Regions, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Disaster Lessons Learned: Importance of Mitigation Planning and Mitigation Implementation for Rural Communities – Case Studies Paradise, CA & Mora, NM

Room: Mt. Hood
Tracks: Rural Communities, Housing Development

According to FEMA, on Average for every dollar spent on natural disaster mitigation saves $6 dollars in recovery. This workshop will explore lessons learned from recent devastating wildfires in California and New Mexico to help prepare for future disasters in Oregon. The Camp wildfire in Paradise, CA, destroyed 90% of the town, including most of the affordable housing. Insurance rates skyrocketed and insurers fled. The Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak wildfire in Mora County, NM heavily affected water systems, farms and residential properties requiring extensive testing to determine full impacts. Learn how model recovery, community resiliency and mitigation planning efforts following both fires shows how to rebuild safely, affordably and keep this from happening again sustainably.

Alan Nazzaro, Disaster Recovery Services Program Manager, Rural Community Assistance Corp.

Anchoring Communities Through Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH): How Psh Is a Catalyst for Redevelopment

Room: Ross Island/Morrison
Tracks: Permanent Supportive Housing, Housing Development

Leaders from Structure Development Advisors, Corvallis Housing First, and MWA Architects are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind permanent supportive housing development in Corvallis, Oregon, to serve houseless adults. The panelists will discuss community engagement methodologies that center on the well-being of residents that have experienced chronic homelessness, funding strategies, and how their development and design considerations can support residents’ recovery and transition into housing.

Audience members will learn methodologies and strategies for community reinvestment through a first-of-its-kind permanent supportive housing development that provides housing opportunities to those experiencing homelessness in Corvallis, Oregon.

Erik Petersen, Associate Architect, AIA, MWA Architects
Mike Andrews, Founder, Structure Development Advisors
Andrea Myhre, Executive Director, Corvallis Housing First

Regional Long-Term Rental Assistance & the Risk Mitigation Program

Room: Hawthorne/Sellwood
Tracks: Permanent Supportive Housing, Property and Asset Management

Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties are in the process of issuing the new tenant-based and project-based Regional Long-Term Rent Assistance (RLRA) vouchers, in a unique regional approach to reducing barriers and promoting housing stability for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing houselessness. Join representatives of all three counties to learn more about the benefits of RLRA vouchers at your properties, including robust supportive services and strategies for using project-based RLRA in new development. HDC will be on hand to talk about the RLRA Risk Mitigation Program, which offers property owners with either type of RLRA vouchers at their properties access to reimbursement for eligible physical damage or operational losses associated with those RLRA units.

Jake Kirsch, Asset Management Project Manager, Housing Development Center
Chris Pence, Landlord Recruiter, Clackamas County
Monica Avila, Landlord Liaison, Washington County

How Strategic Energy Management Can Help Your Multifamily Property Thrive

Room: Mt. Bachelor
Tracks: Affordable Rental Housing, Property and Asset Management, Clean Energy & Climate Resiliency

Join us for a panel discussion on the powerful impact of energy management in multifamily properties, focusing on the significant role of supporting affordable housing initiatives. The panelists have properties that are participating in Energy Trust of Oregon’s Multifamily Strategic Energy Management Program. They will share details and lessons learned from applying energy management practices to multifamily projects and practical recommendations on implementing energy-saving activities.
Explore how an energy management program can directly enhance resident comfort and quality of life. We’ll provide a comprehensive discussion highlighting significant energy savings through continuous energy monitoring, improving energy performance and engaging occupants and staff in energy-efficient behavior.

Karen Brooks, Strategic Energy Management Coach, Strategic Energy Group
Marti Mendenhall, Sr. Facilitator & Curriculum Developer, Strategic Energy Group
Deborah Theisen, HUD Office Support Manager, Schnitzer Properties
Albion Spahn, Project Manager, NeighborWorks Umpqua
Nancy Baker, Milestone Properties
Quinn Black, HUD Properties Administrator, Schnitzer Properties

Turning Up the Volume: Idd Advocacy Wins and the Road Ahead

Room: Mt. St. Helens
Tracks: Serving Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Policy & Advocacy

Coalitions in Oregon and Washington are working to ensure that the voices of the IDD community are heard and represented. The 2022 and 2023 legislative sessions in Washington resulted in numerous wins for the IDD community. In Oregon, coalition members are working to advocate inclusion in the numerous housing related bills in the 2023 legislative session. Hear from leaders in the movement and how they prompted action in Olympia and Salem and worked to dispel myths about the IDD community through advocacy.

Stacy Dym, Executive Director, The Arc of Washington State
Sheng Fang, Department Social Health and Human Services, Developmental Disabilities, Washington
Shaw Seaman, Department Social Health and Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Washington
Nate Lichti, Managing Director, Housing Trust Fund, Washington State Department of Commerce
Terri Silvis, CEO, Horizon Project



September 28, 2023 9:00 am - 10:15 am PDT(GMT+00:00)


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