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Housing Insecurity Among College Students in the Portland Metro Area


Date: Tuesday, Oct 13

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Michael Walsh, Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students, Portland State University

Description:
Over the past six months, Portland State University, Portland Community College, and Mt Hood Community College have come together in an effort to bring attention to student housing insecurity in the Portland metro area. Houselessness and housing insecurity is a real problem and barrier to college student success. This problem disproportionally affects marginalized communities and is surprisingly invisible due to societal attitudes toward college students, laws, and policies. Society has an interest in and benefit from ALL people achieving a higher education for economic, social, and civic reasons. When students cannot secure housing, this barrier keeps them from achieving their educational goals, which is problematic for the individual student, their family and for society. In this session we will bring awareness to this growing problem by presenting recent data showing the extent of the housing crisis facing students, successful models for addressing it, and opportunities for action.

Fair Housing Basics, Section 8, and other Housing Vouchers


Date: Monday, Oct 19

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Shyle Ruder, Education and Outreach Director, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Description:
In this session we will review the basics of fair housing and give special focus to source of income (section 8 vouchers and other types of public assistance). Statewide FHCO receives complaints of housing discrimination related to source of income, some of which is intentional and some unintentional. Discrimination might look like a housing provider is denying a rental application because someone receives housing assistance, tenants experiencing an increased number of inspections because they are voucher holders, or housing providers trespassing case workers from the social service agency that provides housing assistance. In this session we will review some basic do's and don'ts of fair housing law as it relates to source of income.

Reasonable Accommodations, Modifications, and Assistance Animals


Date: Monday, Oct 19

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Shyle Ruder, Education and Outreach Director, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Description:
When a tenant or applicant is living with a disability, they have the right to ask that a barrier be removed so they are able to have equal access and/or equal enjoyment of their unit. In this session we will review the basics of requesting a reasonable accommodation or modification, a housing provider's role in evaluating these requests, and we will also discuss assistance animals.

Modular Meets Affordable Housing- Lessons Learned


Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Jenn Sharp, Senior Construction Project Manager, Housing Development Center

Presenter:

Ben Ott, Associate, Holst Architecture
Brian Layman, Project Manager, Walsh Construction
Tony Bernal, Senior Director of Public Policy and Funding, Transition Projects

Description:
Transition Project Inc. (TPI), located in Portland, completed the first deeply affordable housing project using modular construction and LHTC funding to develop 72 units of housing in the Kenton neighborhood in March of 2020. The project, known as Argyle Gardens, sought to combine a co-housing concept with modular to drive down both the construction costs as well as future operating costs. The Team consisted of TPI, Housing Development Center, Holst Architecture, Walsh Construction, and MODS PDX. Over the course of the project the Team has diligently captured lessons learned from each of their perspectives. The Team will be sharing out the most relevant and critical to the success of modular as they relate to both the affordable housing industry, as well as the design/construction industry in general.

Campaign Nuts and Bolts: Centering equity within a diverse coalition


Date: Tuesday, Oct 20

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Angela Martin, Executive Director, HereTogether Coalition

Presenter:

Katrina Holland, Executive Director, JOIN
Jon Issacs, VP Government Affairs, Portland Business Alliance
Tyler MacInnis, Executive Director, Welcome Home Coalition

Description:
Last May, voters in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties passed the HereTogether-Metro regional Supportive Housing Services measure. At $2.5 Billion it is the largest per capita investment in homeless services in the U.S., more than doubling the region’s spending on homeless services. Learn how the campaign structured their early pillars of success by building a community and business coalition before going to the voters, creating a public education campaign focused on stories of people with lived experiences with homelessness, and developing a policy framework centered on racial equity. The voter-approved program will prioritize services for BIPOC experiencing prolonged homelessness with complex disabilities, and BIPOC households experiencing short-term homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

What it will take to end homelessness – Community voices on HereTogether homeless services measure


Date: Tuesday, Oct 20

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Cole Merkel, Deputy Director, Outreach & Engagement, HereTogether Coalition - cole@heretogetheroregon.org

Presenter:

Mercedes Elizalde, Public Policy Director, Central City Concern
Andy Nelson, Executive Director, Impact NW
Francisco Garcia, Assistant Director for Clackamas County, DevNW
Tabitha Alajmi, Food Operations Manager, Clackamas Service Center

Description:
Last May, voters in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties passed the HereTogether-Metro regional Supportive Housing Services measure. At $2.5 Billion it is the largest per capita investment in homeless services in the U.S., more than doubling the region’s spending on homeless services. Hear from homeless services providers and BIPOC community organization leaders on how this historic new resource can transform the Portland metro region’s approach to ending chronic homelessness. Panelists will share their thoughts on strategies that will center racial equity to serve communities of color disproportionately impacted by homelessness; focus on people with disabilities experiencing, or at risk of, prolonged homelessness; and families with children experiencing episodic homelessness. What supportive services do they envision seeking funding for including long-term rent assistance, mental healthcare, addiction and recovery services, rapid rehousing and eviction prevention, housing and ongoing case management.

The People’s Housing Platform: Congressional action to end homelessness and housing poverty once and for all


Date: Tuesday, Oct 20

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Presenter:

Congressman Earl Blumenuaer (OR)

Description:
The People’s Housing Platform, a collection of seven Congressional bills, is a bold vision for robust investments in proven solutions to this country’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Hear from Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR) outlining how these bills can strengthen tenants’ rights, reduce the number of individuals experiencing homelessness, significantly expand public housing and affordable apartments built with the national Housing Trust Fund while preventing displacement. These bold proposals center the Federal government once again in a leadership role to end homelessness and housing poverty once and for all. Other congressional leaders advancing these bills include Representatives Ayanna Pressley (MA), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), and Rashida Tlaib (MI).

Oregon Legislative Dialogue: Advancing affordable housing and homeless services through the COVID pandemic


Date: Friday, Oct 16

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Panelists:

Representative Julie Fahey, District 14, State of Oregon Legislature

Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, District 46, State of Oregon Legislature

Description:
Join Oregon State Representative Julie Fahey (District 14), chair of the House Interim Committee on Housing, and Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer (District 46), for a dialogue on how the Oregon Legislature has been navigating the unprecedented challenges of the COVID pandemic. We’ll reflect on the special sessions of this summer as well as look ahead to the 2021 Legislative session and the priorities for advancing affordable housing, homelessness services, tenant protections, and homeownership opportunities for BIPOC individuals and families. There will be an opportunity for Q & A.