Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Room: Parlor B

Tracks:  Rural Communities, Equity and Racial Justice, Affordable Rental Housing, Advocacy and Policy

Moderator:

  • Lisa Rogers, Deputy Director, CASA of Oregon

Panelists:

  • Maria Elena Guerra (Meg), Executive Director, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation
  • Mark Wilk, Board member, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation and Attorney, Oregon Law Center
  • Rose Ojeda, Director of Real Estate Development, Hacienda CDC
  • Erica Calderón, Housing Development Manager, Bienestar

Description:
Oregon faces a serious and growing shortage of safe and affordable housing for agricultural workers. Farmworkers are a critical workforce contributing both to Oregon’s economy and cultural diversity of many rural communities. They also live firsthand with the impacts of our country’s current anti-immigrant political climate. The 2019 legislative session ended with wins and losses affecting agricultural workforce housing extending the Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit but falling short in the creation of a complimentary Agricultural Workforce Housing Operations Tax Credit. Panelists will share successful development and preservation efforts as well as examine challenges ahead to expand housing options for agricultural workers including ideas for how the affordable housing industry can contribute to building a broader base of support to help the farmworker community thrive in Oregon.