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Bridging the Racial Wealth Gap Through Home Ownership

Date: Monday Oct.4

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT)



Lot Diaz, Vice President, Housing and Community Development, Unidos US

David Dworkin, President and CEO, National Housing Conference



The racial wealth gap is not news, nor is the fact that homeownership is the main tool for building wealth. But with the multigenerational effects of discriminatory housing policies and practices contributing to white families having eight times the wealth of Black families and five times the wealth of Latinx families, what can be done to increase home ownership by people of color and narrow the racial wealth gap? Join this important discussion as housing advocates from National Housing Conference and Unidos US discuss the unique challenges of this effort and describe the 3by30 campaign and other innovative opportunities to increase Black and Latinx home ownership.

Ballerina, Astronaut, or Housing Counselor: Growing the Housing Counseling Profession

Date: Monday, Oct. 4

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT)



Latisha Carlisle, Vice-President of Housing, NID Housing

Ellie Pepper, Deputy Director, National Housing Resource Center

David Young, Director of Capacity Building, Housing Action Illinois



Every day, housing counselors play a key role in helping people purchase or keep their homes, but most people have no idea that housing counseling is a profession, or how to become a housing counselor. Changing this is key to building more stable, equitable communities, since counselors help families and individuals--especially first-time buyers and those who have historically been shut out of homeownership opportunities--get on and stay on the path to sustainable homeownership. Join us to discuss how to raise the profile of the housing counseling field, encourage more people to consider it as a profession, guide them in becoming HUD-certified counselors, and ultimately increase the ranks of housing counseling professionals.

SB 458 – Expanding Homeownership Through “Missing Middle Housing” Legislation

Date:  Thursday, Oct. 7

Time:  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT)



Ethan Stuckmayer, Senior Planner of Housing Programs, Oregon Department Land Conservation and Development


Shannon Vilhauer, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Oregon

Ariel Nelson, Lobbyist, Oregon League of Cities

Ellen Miller, Senior Lobbyist & Owner, Bau Oregon and  Government Affairs Director for the Oregon Home Builders Association



Missing Middle Housing describes a range of house-scale buildings with multiple units - duplex, triplex, or more - compatible in scale and form with detached single-family homes. SB 458, passed in the 2021 legislative session, streamlines the permitting process and allows land division to separate dwelling units for new middle housing in cities across the state. Join this panel discussion to learn more about the parameters of what will be allowed for such land divisions and when the changes will go into effect. The learning process leading to passage is a great lesson in working closely with local jurisdictions that will be responsible for implementation and finding solutions that will work for them. While the legislation expands a new homeownership opportunity, how can we help ensure they’ll be accessible for low-income working families?

Presenting the OHCS Funding Calendar and Frameworks for Review and Input

Date:  Friday, Oct. 8

Time:  9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT)



Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Assistant Director Planning and Policy, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Amy Cole, State Development Resources Manager, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Angela Parada, Tax Credit Program Manager, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Andrea Matthiessen, HOME / HTF Program Manager, Oregon Housing and Community Services



OHCS is mid-way through the process of finalizing their biennial funding calendar, prescribing what funds will be offered for development and preservation of affordable rental housing in 2022 and 2023.  Attend to hear the latest updates, have the opportunity to provide input, and learn about next steps.


Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley: New legislation championing affordable homeownership and ending homelessness

Friday, October 8

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT)


U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Madison Moskowitz, Domestic Economic Policy Advisor, Office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Matthew Traylor, Housing Policy Advisor, Office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley


Oregon's U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley join us to explain new legislation they have introduced designed to address America’s crisis of housing availability and affordability by reducing the shortcomings of current housing policies and funding levels. After brief comments, the Senators’ policy staff will join for Q & A. Senator Ron Wyden’s DASH Act will make a generational investment to end childhood homelessness and tackle the housing affordability crisis by issuing Housing Choice Vouchers to all families with children; greatly increase the production of deeply affordable housing for families exiting homelessness and reform the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. Senator Merkley’s Affordable HOME Act will invest $40 billion per year in the National Housing Trust Fund; lower the cost of housing so everyone can afford a place to live; and build an emergency housing program to deploy resources during large-scale disasters like wildfires.