Date: Tuesday, Oct 20

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am PDT

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


Cole Merkel, Deputy Director, Outreach & Engagement, HereTogether Coalition –


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

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.