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Permanent Supportive Housing (Sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch)

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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.

Accessing Housekeeping Services to Maintain Housing Stability and Who Falls Through the Cracks


Date: Friday, Oct 16

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

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

Moderator:

Liz Hearn, Resident Services Manager, Community Partners for Affordable Housing

Presenter:

Rosanne Marmor, LCSW, Owner, Pulse Wellness
Evan McAvoy, Resident Services Supervisor, Home Forward

Description:
Housekeeping is something that many residents struggle with. Unfortunately, poor housekeeping is frequently flagged by property managers, resulting in violations that can impact residents’ housing stability. Housekeeping can also be more difficult if a resident has a disability, is elderly, or lacks resources. Residents can receive housekeeping through Medicaid, but it can be difficult to qualify, and paying out of pocket for a cleaning service is more than most residents can afford. Systemically, many people fall through the cracks. Panelists will share their experiences and knowledge gained through helping residents navigate housekeeping and invite participants to share their experiences with housekeeping and systemic barriers.

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.

Health and Housing Partnerships: National Perspectives on Building the Future We All Want


Date: Monday, Oct 19

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

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

Moderator:

Brian Rahmer, Vice President Health and Housing, Enterprise Community Partners

Panelists:

Dr. Megan Sandel, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Robin Hacke, Executive Director and Co-founder, Center for Community Investment
Romi Hall, Director, Healthy Homes and Communities, Neighborworks America
John Vu, Vice President of Strategy Community Health, Kaiser Permanente

Description:
We know that when communities lack safe, stable, healthy, affordable housing, it leaves too many of our neighbors vulnerable to health inequities including stress, chronic disease, and lower life expectancy. Structural racism across our systems means that Black, Indigenous and other people of color are disproportionately impacted by the housing and homelessness crisis. Health systems are investing in innovative affordable housing and homeless services across the country. This panel of national health and housing leaders explores the opportunities and barriers for accelerating and deepening partnerships between health care, affordable housing, public health, and business partners with a goal towards collective impact for health equity. What’s working for health care institutions when engaging with the housing sector? What is missing and where are the gaps for health and housing partnerships? How can such partnerships narrow racial inequities for access to quality healthcare and affordable housing?

Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO 2.0) and the landscape for health/housing partnerships


Date: Wed. Oct 14

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM PDT

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

Moderator:

Connor McDonnell, Housing Integrator, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Presenter:

Lori Kelley, Intensive Services, Housing and Social Determinants of Health Manager, Oregon Health Authority
Josh Kreits, Deputy Director, Washington County Department of Housing Services
Ryan Deibert, Housing Program Manager, Health Share of Oregon
Sam Engel, Manager, Social Determinants of Health, AllCare Health

Description:
Oregon established Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in 2012 to transform health care delivery statewide. Serving nearly one million people on the Oregon Health Plan under Oregon Health Authority oversight, CCOs strive to improve health and reduce costs by coordinating flexible, innovative services. Oregon’s next phase of health care transformation, known as “CCO 2.0,” launched in January 2020 and includes a goal to “Increase strategic spending by CCOs on social determinants of health, health equity and disparities in communities, including encouraging effective community partnerships.” What does CCO 2.0’s focus on social determinants and health equity mean, in practice, for community partners? How can housing and service providers collaborate with CCOs to increase stability and health for Oregonians? This session will highlight updates and partnership opportunities with CCOs related to housing and homelessness, including examples from Southern Oregon and the Portland metro area.

OHCS’ First PSH Institute: Experiences and Early Learnings


Date: Wed. Oct 14

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

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

Moderator:

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

Panelists:

Nora Cronin, Project Development Manager, Homes For Good

Mary Eileen Langsdorf, Asset Manager, Community Development Partners

MaiHuynh-Carnes, Development Manager, Community Development Partners

Jerry O'Sullivan, Senior Director of Operations, Adapt, Inc.

Dana Peterson, Housing Services Director, ShelterCare

Cristina Castaño Henao, Permanent Supportive Housing Coordinator, JOIN

Brian Shelton-Kelley, Director of Acquisitions and Development, NeighborWorks Umpqua

Description:
Facilitated by State Resources Manager, Amy Cole. This panel, joined by recent PSH training cohort members, will share lessons learned about the unique challenges yet successfully developing and operating Permanent Supportive Housing. The PSH Institute pilot cohort completed their training last Spring and is working through the early stages of where the rubber of ideas meets the road of reality. Join us for a discussion with panelist coming from both urban and rural points of view; highlighting important first steps organizations with an interest in providing or developing PSH units can do to prepare.