9:00 AM - 10:15 AM PDT

27sep9:00 am10:15 am9:00 AM - 10:15 AM PDT

Event Details

Housing Development 101: Navigating Affordable Housing Development in Oregon (3 Sessions)

This three-part workshop provides a comprehensive overview of affordable rental housing development. Experts from the Housing Development Center (HDC) will share first-hand knowledge of opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned from decades of experience developing affordable housing. The sessions are designed for professionals new to affordable housing development, property managers, resident services professionals, others who collaborate with housing development teams, and executive directors and board members responsible for overseeing organizations involved in housing development.

The three sessions will cover the entire development process, starting with aligning project visions with mission and organizational goals. We’ll look at assessing initial feasibility and site opportunity, development team composition, development and operating budgets, and successfully preparing and competing for funding including tax credits and bonds. The workshop will also include an overview of lease-up and stabilization. (Don’t miss HDC’s “LIHTC Lease-Up Preparation” and “Funding, Developing and Asset Managing PSH Properties” sessions for a deeper dive into these topics!) Presenters will explain roles and responsibilities of team members, including those directly and indirectly involved in development activity, such as asset management, construction management, and accounting. Additionally, the panel will discuss financial obligations, guarantees, and risks for the project sponsor and ways to mitigate project and organizational risks.

Housing Development 101, Session 1: Foundations of Affordable Housing Development

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

In this introductory session, participants will gain an understanding of fundamental issues to consider during the initial feasibility phase of affordable housing development—from process and roles to risks and rewards. Topics will include organizational capacity, potential partnerships, preparing and engaging board and team members, and making go/no-go decisions. We’ll explore development processes, evaluation of site and land acquisition, and alignment with funding opportunities. Attendees will be equipped with the foundational knowledge required to navigate the complexities of launching and successfully financing a development.

Goals: Develop a foundational knowledge of the feasibility stage of development; gain insights into roles and risks; identify strategies to successfully compete for funding; and create or refine your organization’s decision-making metrics for new projects to prepare your project, yourself, and your board for success.

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

Fair Housing and Disparate Impact in Rural Oregon

Room: Mt. Hood
Tracks: Fair Housing, Rural Communities, Policy & Advocacy

When a seemingly neutral policy or procedure creates a discriminatory effect, this is a liability known in fair housing as “disparate impact.” In rural communities, policies that cause disparate impact may contribute to longstanding systems of housing inequality or inaccessibility for protected classes. During this session, attendees will explore why disparate impact is a critical dimension of fair housing enforcement, assess real cases of disparate impact, and learn how to critically examine local policies for potential housing discrimination.

Marlee Baker, Education and Outreach Specialist, Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Emily Hammond, Central Oregon’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Hat Trick: Increasing Health, Saving Money, and Reducing Carbon in Unregulated Rentals

Room: Three Sisters
Tracks: Affordable Rental Housing, Property and Asset Management, Clean Energy

In this small group conversation, we will discuss what unregulated affordable housing is, why it is critical to statewide housing stability, and how smart energy and water upgrades can preserve affordable rental housing stock while increasing resident health and safety, saving money, and reducing climate-change- accelerating carbon emissions.  Learn from the diverse perspectives of the panelists and add your ideas to this important conversation on housing stability and community reinvestment. 

Faith Graham, Principal Director of West Coast Strategy and Development, Elevate Energy
Unregulated Affordable Apartment Owner (TBD)
OHCS DEI Committee Member/Community Based Organization (TBD)

Culturally Specific Trauma-Informed Design: Integration of Space, Art, and Materials Into Home, Community, and Healing

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

The Native American Youth and Family Services organization in collaboration with design partner, Carleton Hart Architecture, have now completed four housing developments, tailored to Native American and Indigenous families and community members living in the Portland Metro area. A fifth development is currently under construction. Each of these communities have emphasized the use of materials, colors, and cultural elements that connect to residents with their diverse Native American and Indigenous cultures and world view. Each new development has built on the knowledge gained from the previous experiences, and each has explored more deeply an approach of cultural expressions within the framework of trauma-informed design.

This presentation will share the foundational values and project specific intent that has led to these remarkable communities. We will share our process of community engagement, specific design solutions, and lessons learned throughout our journey.

Brian Carleton, Principal, Carleton Hart Architecture
Keith Ferrante, Project Manager, Native American Youth and Family Services

Deepening Disparities: Stable Housing Needs for Our Neurodiverse Neighbors

Room: Mt. St. Helens
Tracks: Serving Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A 2020 data study commissioned by the Kuni Foundation uncovered the scale of unmet housing needs and the systemic barriers that perpetuate disparities for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). In 2022, Washington State released its own study on IDD housing, with a follow-up report in 2023. In the three years since the ECONorthwest study was released, indications are that housing stability for people with IDD continues to slide. In this session, you’ll hear a regional perspective from the authors of the studies and from local providers working with individuals and families about the experience of trying to secure independent, safe, and affordable housing for our neurodiverse neighbors.

Allison Stark, CEO, Albertina Kerr Centers
Jennifer Knapp, Executive Director, Community Vision
Madeline Baron, Project Manager, ECONorthwest

It’s About Culture, Not Compliance. Policies, Training and Practices to Encourage, Support, and Retain a Diverse Workforce on the Construction Site

Room: Mt. Bachelor
Tracks: Equity and Racial Justice, Housing Development, Executive Leadership

Description: Join our panelists as we discuss fostering a respectful construction culture that is inclusive and diverse. WALSH is currently implementing and utilizing the RISE Up Respectful Workplace program throughout our entire company, including training over 450 of our people. Our in-house training director is working with Oregon Tradeswomen and RISE Up on a customizable, best-practice program designed to reduce and eliminate incidents that jeopardize employee safety and productivity due to inappropriate behavior. In addition to our own employees, WALSH works with subcontractors and our self-performed work crews to reduce or eliminate the number of workers who experience harassment, discrimination, hazing, or any other forms of aggression.

Afton Walsh, Community Outreach Director and Project Manager, Walsh Construction Co.
Martin Houston, Director of Learning and Development, Walsh Construction Co.
Brian Ames, Project Manager, Walsh Construction Co.
Richard Stephenson, Senior Superintendent, Walsh Construction Co.
Carlos Flores, Onsite Quality Manager, Walsh Construction Co.

Portland Clean Energy Funding Road Map – Which Pcef Program Is the Right Fit for Your Project

Room: Alaska/Idaho
Tracks: Clean Energy & Climate Resiliency

Description: In this session, Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) staff will outline all of the relevant funding opportunities for affordable housing in the PCEF Climate Investment Plan, which describes how PCEF will invest $750 million over the next five years in community led clean energy projects and climate solutions. PCEF will help affordable housing developers and providers determine which PCEF program is designed to serve their project and how to get funding from that program. PCEF will be joined by Portland Housing Bureau to talk specifically about how to access $60 million available for clean energy measures in regulated multifamily affordable housing.

Wendy Koelfgen, Clean Energy Project Manager, Portland Clean Energy and Community Benefits Fund
Tanya Wolfersperger, Housing Development and Construction Services Manager, Portland Housing Bureau 


September 27, 2023 9:00 am - 10:15 am PDT(GMT+00:00)


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