Radon in Affordable Housing: Consulting, Rules and Regulations


Date: Friday, Oct 16

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

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

Presenter:

Carolina Gomez, Director of Integrated Facilities Services and Safety, Home Forward
Don King, Facilities and Safety Manager, Home Forward
Shalynn Robinnette, Environmental and Emergency Manager, Home Forward

Description:
Radon is a radioactive gas found in soil and rock that you cannot see, smell, or taste. According to the American Cancer Society, radon exposure can lead to lung cancer. In 2013, HUD issued a notice to housing authorities encouraging them to test and mitigate for radon, as of today, HUD does not have comprehensive requirements or guidance and provides no specific funding to pay for the work. This session will discuss the system of project implementation, policies, procedures as well as how to protect employees and be in compliance with OSHA regulations. We will also discuss institutional roles and responsibilities for project owners.

Emergency Management: Emergency Response


Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

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

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

Presenter:

Carolina Gomez, Director of Integrated Facilities Services and Safety, Home Forward
Shalynn Robinnette, Environmental and Emergency Manager, Home Forward

Description:
In 2015, The New Yorker published an article “The Really Big One” that provided a graphic description of what could happen in the Pacific North West if we experience a major Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. Oregon Public Broadcasting also produced the documentary “unprepared” that uses scientific data to explain how unprepared we are for a major earthquake. We (Home Forward) have been working with the City, county and state to help us become resilient and prepared to re-store our community when needed.We found information and plans online and some consultants presented projects but all of those were “cookie cutter” and did not fit the needs of public housing. Emergency response: Even though we are not first responders, there are many things we can do to prepare our buildings to help first responders: Building Emergency Plans (Shut offs, maps etc.); Seismic upgrades; Community resources: NET/CERT teams and BEECN.

Emergency Management in Public Housing: Emergency Preparation


Date: Tuesday, October 13

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

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

Presenter:

Carolina Gomez, Director of Integrated Facilities Services and Safety, Home Forward
Shalynn Robinnette, Environmental and Emergency Manager, Home Forward

Description:
In 2015, The New Yorker published an article “The Really Big One” that provided a graphic description of what could happen in the Pacific North West if we experience a major Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. Oregon Public Broadcasting also produced the documentary “unprepared” that uses scientific data to explain how unprepared we are for a major earthquake. We (Home Forward) have been working with the City, county and state to help us become resilient and prepared to re-store our community when needed. This step is about personal planning and preparation. If we start at home, we can be prepared and ready sooner to help our community and come back to work sooner: Make a personal plan and or a family reunification plan; Make personal go kits; How to stay Informed.

Emergency Management: Business Continuity


Date: Thursday, Oct. 15

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

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

Presenter:

Carolina Gomez, Director of Integrated Facilities Services and Safety, Home Forward
Shalynn Robinnette, Environmental and Emergency Manager, Home Forward

Description:
Business Continuity Planning - This session discusses busines continuity planning for public housing and for emergency management planning. What do we need to be back in operations? Where is our back-up located? How can I have access to data if servers are compromised? Generators, computers, alternative work locations? Back up communication plan (how would you communicate with your employees and residents?) Emergency leadership and responsibilities (who and what jobs are essential for the organization to run after a disaster?) What is our recovery plan? FEMA, insurance, HUD etc.

Housing Insecurity Among College Students in the Portland Metro Area


Date: Tuesday, Oct 13

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

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

Presenter:

Michael Walsh, Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students, Portland State University

Description:
Over the past six months, Portland State University, Portland Community College, and Mt Hood Community College have come together in an effort to bring attention to student housing insecurity in the Portland metro area. Houselessness and housing insecurity is a real problem and barrier to college student success. This problem disproportionally affects marginalized communities and is surprisingly invisible due to societal attitudes toward college students, laws, and policies. Society has an interest in and benefit from ALL people achieving a higher education for economic, social, and civic reasons. When students cannot secure housing, this barrier keeps them from achieving their educational goals, which is problematic for the individual student, their family and for society. In this session we will bring awareness to this growing problem by presenting recent data showing the extent of the housing crisis facing students, successful models for addressing it, and opportunities for action.

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

Presenters:

Dolores Vance, Senior Program Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Rob Prasch, Preservation Director, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing

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.

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.

Fair Housing and COVID-19


Date: Monday, Oct 19

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 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:
Many housing providers are uncertain as to how certain how COVID-19 may or may not intersect with the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Questions include: Is COVID considered a disability? Do I have the right to ask someone if they have COVID? Do I have the right to require someone to wear a mask? Do I have the right to ask someone to sign a waiver regarding COVID status? Do I need to and/or is it acceptable to notify tenants that someone has tested positive in the project or building? In this session we will explore how COVID-19 is connected to the FHA and answer these questions and more.

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.

Modular Meets Affordable Housing- Lessons Learned


Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

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

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

Moderator:

Jenn Sharp, Senior Construction Project Manager, Housing Development Center

Presenter:

Ben Ott, Associate, Holst Architecture
Brian Layman, Project Manager, Walsh Construction
Tony Bernal, Senior Director of Public Policy and Funding, Transition Projects

Description:
Transition Project Inc. (TPI), located in Portland, completed the first deeply affordable housing project using modular construction and LHTC funding to develop 72 units of housing in the Kenton neighborhood in March of 2020. The project, known as Argyle Gardens, sought to combine a co-housing concept with modular to drive down both the construction costs as well as future operating costs. The Team consisted of TPI, Housing Development Center, Holst Architecture, Walsh Construction, and MODS PDX. Over the course of the project the Team has diligently captured lessons learned from each of their perspectives. The Team will be sharing out the most relevant and critical to the success of modular as they relate to both the affordable housing industry, as well as the design/construction industry in general.

Housing Justice: Community organizing, affordable housing and community design methods in Portland’s Las Adelitas development


Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

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

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

Moderator:

Alex Salazar, Principal, Salazar Architects

Presenter:

Anna Gordon, Community Programs Manager, Verde
Ernesto Fonseca, CEO, Hacienda CDC

Description:
Las Adelitas is the outcome of a 5+ year community process in the Cully neighborhood of NE Portland that transforms a former strip club site known for human trafficking into a catalyst affordable housing / public plaza development with deep social, economic and environmental benefits. The work started as a commercial adaptive-reuse project but evolved over time into new construction focused on creating housing justice without displacement. The building also incorporates many sustainable features and is being planned with two innovations: a roof top Community Solar array serving the surrounding neighborhood and a new digital justice focused Electrical Vehicle program. Construction starts in Fall 2020. The three speakers will talk about the community organizing work that re-claimed the site, public policies and development processes, and the Community Design workshops with mostly immigrant Latinx and African families and that helped create the building.

Stronger Together: Bridging The Gap Between Resident Services and Property Management


Date: Friday, Oct 16

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

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

Presenter:

Elizabeth Carr, Resident Services Manager, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County
Jennifer Cervantes, Property Management Director, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County

Description:
Why are they even here? They shouldn't be getting involved. I can't share that info with you. You're not qualified to speak on this issue. They're only here so we can get funding. Can't you just host a potluck?! If you have ever said these things about Resident Services (or heard them said about you) then this session is for you! Two years ago, the Resident Services and Property Management department at St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County was neck deep in misunderstanding and bad habits. Through time, hard work, and a lot of self-examination this group grew into one of the strongest relationships in their agency. This panel of Resident Services and Property Management staff will explain the concrete steps they took to create a collaborative partnership that upholds lease compliance while continuing to support tenants and meet them where they are at.

Wy’East Plaza Affordable Housing: Advanced Framing / Cost-Efficient Design and Construction (CEDC) Practices in Action


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:

Peter Clements, Housing Development Project Manager, REACH CDC

Presenter:

Michael Bonn, Principal Architect, Ankrom Moisan Architects
Scott Nyseth, President, Stonewood Structural Engineering
Jay Nees, Senior Project Manager, Walsh Construction

Description:
Join REACH CDC, Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects and Walsh Construction Co. for an exciting and informative conversation on Cost-Efficient Design and Construction practices for the recently completed Wy'East Plaza project in Portland, Oregon. Through deliberate strategies of efficiency and collaboration in the design, preconstruction, and construction processes — the project team was able to significantly lower development costs and deliver the four-story, 175-unit Wy’East Plaza project in Southeast Portland with a final construction budget that is approximately 39% under the state cost limit on a per-unit basis. The result of the collaborative efforts on the project is a per unit cost of just over $111,000, lower than almost any Portland-area affordable housing project built over the past three years or currently under construction. This allowed REACH CDC to provide additional affordable housing units for those households with extremely low incomes.

Lessons Learned Managing the Resident Experience for Occupied Restoration and Preservation of Affordable Housing Projects


Date: Monday, Oct 19

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

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

Moderator:

Bennett Barnwell, Senior Project Manager, Walsh Construction

Presenter:

Matt Bokar, Senior Associate, Senior Project Manager, Salazar Architect
Leslie Crehan, Senior Project Manager, Home Forward

Description:
Preserving and restoring affordable housing projects helps promote and sustain mixed-income communities by ensuring the ongoing availability of quality, affordable rental homes. Affordable housing owners and developers who have lived through an occupied renovation project know the potential hazards: frustrated residents, missed timelines, poor planning, extended schedules, sloppy subcontractors, weak project communication, and, of course, relocation costs, and headaches. A successful occupied renovation program improves asset value, life span of the property, and enhances resident satisfaction. Plus, saving on resident relocation allows owners to reinvest in other property areas to their benefit and to the benefit of all who call these properties home. Join the WALSH team in a conversation on key aspects to a successful, resident-friendly renovation and the lessons learned on managing and avoiding common challenges.

Healthy Buildings, Healthy Residents: The Benefits of Energy & Health Upgrades in Multifamily Housing


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:

Mekha Abraham, Technical Manager, TRC & Oregon Multifamily Energy Program for OHCS

Presenter:

Eric Foley, Manager, Multifamily Programs, Earth Advantage
Krista Egger, Vice President of National Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners

Description:
Energy efficiency improvements in multifamily housing do more than reduce energy costs and energy burden for low-income residents – they also provide health benefits to occupants as a result of improved air quality, safety, and comfort which can reduce respiratory illness, hypertension, heart disease, and other ailments. Additionally, energy upgrades provide an opportunity to improve housing conditions with healthier building materials and integrate resident wellness into the design or retrofit of affordable housing. As health and wellness becomes increasingly important, especially for those in vulnerable populations who may be living in affordable housing, the opportunity to combine energy and health upgrades in multifamily housing is even more meaningful. In this session, participants will learn from a diverse panel of experts who will discuss the benefits and strategies of integrating energy and health upgrades in affordable multifamily housing.

From Concept to Completion: Reducing Risk by Learning from Past Construction Projects


Date: Friday, Oct 16

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

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

Moderator:

Matthew Mills, Energy Advisor, TRC & Oregon Multifamily Energy Program for OHCS

Presenter:

Duane Woik, Owner, Oregon Green Raters LLC
Melissa Soots, Project Manager, Carleton Hart Architecture
Renee Moseley, Associate Director, Bridge Meadows

Description:
Housing developments – for new or existing buildings – are costly, time-intensive projects that require coordination between countless stakeholders. Revisiting lessons learned from past construction projects is a valuable practice that can save time, money and many headaches for future endeavors. In this panel presentation, participants will hear from Duane Woik (owner of Oregon Green Raters LLC), Melissa Soots (Project Manager at Carleton Hart Architecture), and Renee Mosely (Associate Director at Bridge Meadows) about how they have reduced risk on new projects by leveraging the lessons learned from past projects. This panel will be moderated by Matthew Mills (Energy Advisor for Oregon Housing and Community Services’ Oregon Multifamily Energy Program (OR-MEP)), who will lead panelists in a discussion about their experience applying lessons learned to ensure successful project design, funding applications, sustainability goals, building operations, and resident engagement in low-income housing developments.

Navigating a Global Pandemic: Successes and Lessons Learned in Serving Residents During COVID-19


Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

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

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

Moderator:

Stephanie Berkland, Program Manager, TRC & Oregon Multifamily Energy Program for OHCS

Presenter:

Dan Elliott, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services
Shannah Knaup, Supportive Housing Program Manager, Central City Concern

Description:
This session will discuss successes and lessons learned from housing providers and Oregon Housing and Community Services data on how they navigated resident support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The impacts of COVID-19 have proven to be challenging financially and mentally for residents, housing providers, and funders. The State will present data on energy assistance program demand, housing surveys, and how they quickly pivoted to support Oregonians through the pandemic. Additionally, we will hear from a housing provider who stretched their creativity to serve residents through these uncharted waters. They will discuss housing needs, health and safety, maintenance challenges, mental health support, and financials. Given the uncertainty of how long the pandemic will impact residents and our economy, this session aims to make us stronger together by learning from each other’s experiences.

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.

DEI Capacity Building: Successes, Challenges & Wisdom from Meyer Grantees


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:

Carol Cheney, Diversity and Equity and Inclusion Manager, Meyer Memorial Trust

Description:
Between 2016 - 2019, Meyer provided grants to organizations to increase their internal capacity for diversity, equity and inclusion work. These grants were grounded in Meyer’s belief that when organizations are more inclusive, diverse and equitable internally, their outcomes will improve for all populations, especially historically marginalized groups. After four full years of grantmaking, we evaluated the DEI TA Fund impact and process and have learned much about DEI capacity building from the grantees themselves. In this session, we’ll share the wisdom gained by grantees, some common challenges and how Meyer is acting upon what we have learned.

Using the Community Reinvestment Act to Create Diverse and Affordable Oregon Communities


Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

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

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

Presenter:

Gerald Kellman, Senior Advisor for Organizing, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Zo Amani, Community Reinvestment Act Coordinator, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Description:
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has transformed economic life in the U.S. Before the act was created, people of color, and those who lived or owned property near communities of color could not get a mortgage, a small business loan or any other kind of credit. The CRA only remains strong if organizations understand it and make use of it. In Oregon, banks have one set up rules for private developers and another for nonprofits. They lend disproportionally to white people, the affluent and continue to reinforce inequalities of wealth. Restrictions on bank lending will keep nonprofit housing developers from building at a scale needed to address the need caused by gentrification and displacement. This session will introduce you to the Basics of the CRA, suggest points of engagement for your organization and invite you to more in-depth training and campaigns for economic equality, and affordable housing in Oregon.

Finding Resources to help Oregon’s Latino/Latina/Latinx overcome the impact of racism and poverty


Date: Thursday, Oct. 15

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

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

Presenters:

Gerald Kellman, Senior Advisor for Organizing, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Zo Amani, Community Reinvestment Act Coordinator, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Description:
Organizations that care about justice have a renewed focus on the deep and pervasive roots of racism experienced by African Americans. Oregon’s Latinx community, the state’s largest community of color, living in both rural and urban areas, has experienced a similar pattern of discrimination and inequity. This workshop will document the discrimination and discuss ways Latinx leadership can hold the private sector accountable, particularly financial institutions. We will discuss discrimination in small business and housing lending as well as the lack of corporate initiatives on behalf of Latinx communities. We will also explore disparities of wealth income and wages, work being done by Latinx led organizations to counteract the impact of racism and poverty, and strategies to increase partnerships between the private sector and Latinx nonprofit organizations. This workshop is part of a larger effort by NCRC to research and develop organizing and policy solutions to racial disparities in wealth.

How Bad Data Perpetuates Inequities for Intellectually Disabled Individuals: A Path Toward Collaborative Housing Solutions


Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

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

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

Moderator:

Angela Hult, President, Kuni Foundation

Presenter:

Joe Wykowski, Executive Director, Community Vision
Madeline Baron, Project Manager, ECONorthwest

Description:
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ADA, housing for individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities is absent from afforable housing discussions, creating a tremendous equity gap. New data suggests more than 24,000 individuals who experience I/DD in our region are housing unstable. A study conducted by ECONorthwest to be released September 2020 indicates that data used to estimate the number of individuals experiencing I/DD is more than 25 years old and significantly under-estimated. This data informs housing and service reimbursement rates, funding and policy decisions. The need for affordable, person-focused housing solutions for individuals who experience I/DD is woefully inadequate. The goal of this session is to highlight housing inequities perpetuated through poor data, how greater navigation and collaboration can yield housing solutions, highlight several innovative models and shine a light on what is possible in terms of self-sufficiency and independence for the I/DD community.

Shark Tank: Tax credit investors discuss equity markets and structuring challenges during the pandemic era


Date: Monday, Oct 19

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

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

Moderator:

Cat Vielma, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Red Stone Equity Partners

Presenter:

Ann Malone, Vice President, Business Development Officer, Affordable Housing, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
Dan Wendle, VP-Director of Acquisitions, West, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc
Tony Daguanno, Vice President, National Equity Fund
Jilian Saurage Felton, Director of Housing Development, Community Partners for Affordable Housing

Description:
In this panel, LIHTC investors will discuss the state of the equity market. How has the pandemic impacted investor appetite? What structuring changes can you make today to ensure the best outcome for your deal tomorrow? We’ll showcase three ‘sample’ transactions, reflective of trends across Oregon, & share today’s estimated pricing alongside investor concerns and structuring suggestions. There will be time for active Q&A, too. Our panelists will represent the perspectives of direct investors, for-profit syndicators, and non-profit syndicators.

Strategies Through Examples: Pairing LIHTC with Other Credits, Bonds and Soft Financing


Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

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

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

Presenter:

Dan Valliere, CEO, REACH CDC
Beth Mullen, National Director, Affordable Housing Industry Practice, Cohn Reznick

Description:
The goal of this session is to showcase, through real examples, how pairing LIHTC with numerous other community development financing strategies can help lift an entire community through more than just housing developments. Attendees will hear from REACH Community Development and their efforts with Historic Tax Credits, LIHTC and their ability to “twin” or combine credits and other strategies to help facilitate development. Included in this, the panel will discuss 4% deals that include new soft financing options available in Oregon. Through this discussion, attendees will hopefully identify new options in assembling deals for both housing and for larger community development efforts by combining credits and other sources for the capital stack.

Focus On Hazardous Materials in Affordable Housing including Asbestos, Mold, and COVID-19


Date: Thursday, Oct. 15

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

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

Presenter:

Clint Arp, Co-President, J.R. Johnson, LLC

Description:
Whether addressing aging housing stock issues such as asbestos or mold or figuring out appropriate cleaning protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, figuring out the correct approach to addressing bio-hazards requires navigating through numerous governmental health and safety regulations. In this session, learn about implementing best practices and details in relation to procedures for dealing with hazards materials and bio-hazards in line with CDC, EPA, DEQ and OSHA. From the inspection and identification of mold to asbestos testing and abatement within federal and state requirements, picking the right mitigation approach can help ensure the health and safety of your tenants.

Hungry for Change: Collaborative food networks as strategies for community economic development and social justice


Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

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

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

Moderator:

Lynn Ketch, Executive Director, Rockwood CDC

Presenter:

Edward Hill, Co-Director/Consultant, Urban Civic Group, Black Food Sovereignty Coalition
Adam Kohl, Executive Director, Outgrowing Hunger

Description:
People are hungry for food, they are hungry for business success, and they are hungry for social justice. These three sectors intersect in Rockwood, where great change is occurring in food systems. Learn from practitioners how a diverse collaborative network is: supporting 850 gardeners feed their families and launch businesses; helping 22 food entrepreneurs build wealth; engaging African-American grandmas to teach nutrition to young families; encouraging black-owned farms and other food businesses; feeding 800+ families every week during the COVID crisis; finding investment capital; engaging mid-tier industry players as new stakeholders; using CSAs to build connections between farmers and consumers; and, finding the funding to support this transformative work. The early results of these activities are increased social capital, better nutritional and health outcomes, and successful young businesses. Our panel will share with you how you can join their (or other's) collaborative or start your own.

Catalytic Land Cohort: Land banking as a tool for preventing displacement and increasing BIPOC affordable housing


Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

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

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

Moderator:

Diane Linn, Executive Director, Proud Ground

Presenters:

Brian Harper, Senior Regional Planner, Metro
Frank Alexander, Co-Founder & Senior Advisor, Center for Community Progress, Sam Nunn Professor of Law, Emeritus, Emory Law
Sharon Wade Ellis, Board member, Proud Ground and resident leader

Description:
Panel highlights the Catalytic Land Cohort, a 3-year initiative between Grounded Solutions Network and Center for Community Progress, as a strategy for promoting housing with lasting affordability at scale by leveraging land and philanthropic support in three focus cities. The Portland Cohort is led by Proud Ground, in partnership with Metro and resident leaders. Panelists will also speak to lessons learned in Atlanta and Houston, two cities where similar cohorts are a few years ahead. The project theme is centered around the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to identify housing needs, collaborate on solutions to further inclusive growth in the Portland area. Second, the project will identify and evaluate potential strategies to increase land ownership to develop lasting affordable housing at a scale that is both efficient and sufficient to meet the needs of Portland regional residents, specifically BIPOC communities.

Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership: Moving from Promises to Action


Date: Friday, Oct 16

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

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

Moderator:

Chelsea Bunch, Housing Integrator, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Presenter:

Senator James Manning Jr., Co-Chair Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership
Steve Messinetti, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East
Kimberly Horner, Executive Director, Portland Community Reinvestment Inc.

Description:
The Black Lives Matters movement is demanding reforms for racial justice. Homeownership for the BIPOC community is a key strategy for housing stabilization and generational wealth generation. Learn about the recommendations from the Oregon Legislative Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership to modify practices and procedures for mortgage loan applications and approvals to eliminate any impermissible discrimination or barriers. Second, learn about recommendations from Partners for Affordable Homeownership (PAH) to build an internal culture within the City of Portland to prioritize BIPOC homeownership. Join this discussion with leaders from the Task Force and PAH to learn how we can help support and advance BIPOC homeownership rates in Oregon.

HB 2001/2003: Building working relationships and holding cities accountable to develop affordable housing needs of residents


Date: Tuesday, Oct 13

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

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

Moderator:

Kim Travis, Housing Integrator, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Presenter:

Andrée Tremoulet, PhD, Principal, Commonworks Consulting
Ethan Stuckmayer, Senior Planner of Housing Programs, Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
Shannon Vilhauer, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Oregon
Lynne McConnell, Affordable Housing Manager, City of Bend

Description:
Join a discussion with local government and affordable housing leaders to consider strategies to ensure House bills 2001 and 2003 fulfill their goal to provide Oregonians with more housing choices, especially middle housing people can afford appropriate to different stages of their lives. How do we foster productive partnerships between community and local governments resulting in concrete wins for residents? HB 2001 lets people build certain traditional housing types, like duplexes, formerly outlawed in single family residential zones. HB 2003 requires Oregon's medium and large cities over 10,000 people to study the future housing needs of their residents. The Department of Land Conservation and Development is completing the rulemaking phase for how they will direct municipalities to develop their unique housing production strategies. Portland’s City Council just approved deeper affordability options allowing up to six-plex developments in formerly single-family zones.

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.

Paycheck Protection Program: Navigating next steps to forgiveness of COVID disaster loans


Date: Thursday, Oct. 15

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

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

Presenter:

Elliott Tracy, Partner, Jones & Roth CPAs & Business Advisors

Description:
The Paycheck Protection Program was rolled out this spring as a short-term COVID-19 disaster recovery loan program. Five months later Congress and the Small Business Administration have extended the “covered period” to 24 months and are still finalizing program details. Elliott Tracy, with Jones & Roth CPAs & Business Advisors, will unpack up to date developments and next steps for forgiving your PPP loan. Bring your questions as the forgiveness application process may likely be finalized by October.

The People’s Housing Platform: Congressional action to end homelessness and housing poverty once and for all


Date: Tuesday, Oct 20

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

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

Presenter:

Congressman Earl Blumenuaer (OR)

Description:
The People’s Housing Platform, a collection of seven Congressional bills, is a bold vision for robust investments in proven solutions to this country’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Hear from Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR) outlining how these bills can strengthen tenants’ rights, reduce the number of individuals experiencing homelessness, significantly expand public housing and affordable apartments built with the national Housing Trust Fund while preventing displacement. These bold proposals center the Federal government once again in a leadership role to end homelessness and housing poverty once and for all. Other congressional leaders advancing these bills include Representatives Ayanna Pressley (MA), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), and Rashida Tlaib (MI).

Keynote with Margaret Salazar: Breaking New Ground in the Midst of a Crisis


Date: Tuesday, Oct 13

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

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

Presenter:

Margaret Salazar, Director, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Description:
COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have brought drastic changes to the world we live in. Director Salazar will discuss how Oregon Housing and Community Services has embraced change, what that means for the future of our work and why equity and racial justice must be at the center.

Oregon’s LIHTC Average Income Set-Aside: Deep Dive and Review


Date: Wed. Oct 14

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

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

Presenter:

Jennifer Marchand, Multifamily Compliance Technical Advisor, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Description:
Facilitated by seasoned and dynamic OHCS staff member, Jennifer Marchand. This workshop is an introduction to the newly adopted OHCS Average Income (AI) set-aside policy. It will include a deep dive on how this LIHTC set-aside election works in comparison to traditional (20/50 or 40/60) federal set-aside elections. She’ll also discuss the development requirements to choose the AI set-aside, as well as potential waivers and modifications. Special emphasis will be given to the new Oregon specific “correct unit sizing rule” and its compliance.

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.

Pro-Housing Policy, Economic Development, and Economic Recovery – Policy Case Studies from Oregon


Date: Tuesday, Oct 20

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

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

Moderator:

Mike Kingsella, Executive Director, Up For Growth

Presenter:

Josh Lehner, Office of Economic Analysis, State of Oregon
Allan Lazo, Executive Director, Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Taylor Smiley Wolfe, Director of Policy and Planning, Home Forward

Description:
Communities across the nation face a severe shortage of homes fueling an affordability crisis. Up for Growth research found that the U.S. fell 7.3 million homes short of meeting housing needs from 2000 – 2015 and Oregon accrued a shortage of 155,000 homes, representing 9% of the statewide housing stock, over that period. In the past several years, Oregon has become a national leader in passing local and statewide policies that eliminate barriers to housing. Please join Taylor Smiley Wolfe, Director of Policy and Planning with Home Forward, Allan Lazo, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, and Josh Lehner, Economist with the State of Oregon for an interdisciplinary discussion with Mike Kingsella, Executive Director of Up for Growth, on how state and local pro-housing policies are critical for communities to advancing housing equity, improving affordability, and driving economic recovery.

Oregon Legislative Dialogue: Advancing affordable housing and homeless services through the COVID pandemic


Date: Friday, Oct 16

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

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

Panelists:

Representative Julie Fahey, District 14, State of Oregon Legislature

Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, District 46, State of Oregon Legislature

Description:
Join Oregon State Representative Julie Fahey (District 14), chair of the House Interim Committee on Housing, and Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer (District 46), for a dialogue on how the Oregon Legislature has been navigating the unprecedented challenges of the COVID pandemic. We’ll reflect on the special sessions of this summer as well as look ahead to the 2021 Legislative session and the priorities for advancing affordable housing, homelessness services, tenant protections, and homeownership opportunities for BIPOC individuals and families. There will be an opportunity for Q & A.

Let’s Talk About OAHTC – Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit


Date: Friday, Oct 16

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

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

Presenter:

Jennifer Marchand, Multifamily Compliance Technical Advisor, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Description:
Joined by others from OHCS, Jennifer Marchand will lead this unique session highlighting the purpose, plan and compliance requirements of OAHTC funding. Topics of discussion will include: what the credit is and how it works, how it can benefit both property owners and tenants, why it’s so important in our current housing climate, program exemptions and key compliance requirements. Additionally, we have some 2020 OAHTC news to share with participants.