Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Room: Galleria III

Tracks: Rural Community, Advocacy and Policy


  • David Ferrier, Director, Housing Programs, Rural Community Assistance Corp. (RCAC)


  • Joel Madsen, Executive Director, Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation
  • Rita Grady, Executive Director, Polk Community Development Corp.
  • Arielle Reid, Director of Policy and Advocacy, NeighborWorks Umpqua
  • David Brandt, Executive Director, Housing Works


Moderated group discussion on issues and solutions for expanding capacity of nonprofit rural CDCs to better fulfill their affordable housing and community development missions. What are the opportunities to better collaborate with OHCS to implement the Statewide Housing Plan priorities and goals for rural communities? How can the affordable housing community better advocate together to ensure new State funding gets out to rural CDCs? What have been your challenges and successes to overcoming predevelopment barriers? What’s working for partnering with local housing authorities?