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Preserving Housing in Rural Communities: Making it work


Date: Thursday, Oct. 15

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

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

Moderator:

Robin Wolff, Senior Program Director, Rural Housing, Enterprise Community Partners

Presenter:

Rose Ojeda, RECD Manufactured Housing Project Manager, CASA of Oregon
Rob Prasch, Preservation Director, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing

Description:
Affordable preservation, like development, can be even more difficult in rural areas. While rents are lower, so are Area Median Incomes and the costs of labor and materials are often as high or higher than in urban centers. Add in the scarcity of financial resources and increased competition for them, and the barriers to the creation and preservation of housing in rural areas become even higher. The need to keep rents affordable for lower-income families requires flexible thinking, efficiencies in rehabilitation and operation, as well as limiting debt to the extent possible by using scarce grant funds. This session will examine those challenges and present information on how they are being met in Oregon’s rural communities.

Publicly Supported Housing Preservation (PuSH) Process Overview


Date: Tuesday, Oct 13

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

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

Presenter:

Rob Prash, Preservation Director, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing
Dolores Vance, Senior Program Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Description:
Overview of the Publicly Supported Housing Preservation (PuSH) process in which owners of participating properties are required to notify OHCS and local government of expiring affordability restrictions. Owners also provide OHCS and local government an opportunity to offer to purchase withdrawing properties and preserve through new ownership. OHCS will cover the PuSH process, including definitions, such as “Designee” and “Qualified Purchasers”. The potential right of first refusal for a qualified purchaser will also be explained. Rob Prasch (NOAH) will discuss the Designee Process.

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.