Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Room: TBD

Panelists:

  • Maria Elena Guerra (Meg), Executive Director, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation
  • Mark Wilk, Member of Board of Directors, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation
  • Others TBD

Description:
Oregon faces a serious and growing shortage of safe and affordable housing for agricultural workers. The 2019 legislative session ended with wins and losses affecting agricultural workforce housing. While the Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit was extended, efforts to create a complimentary Agricultural Workforce Housing Operations Tax Credit did not pass. Between 2001 and 2012 tax credits resulted in the construction of 1,257 units. An “Operations” tax credit would create additional resources designed to preserve and improve housing options for agricultural workers. Panelists will share successful development and preservation efforts as well as examine challenges ahead to expand housing options for agricultural workers.