Inclusive Leadership: Bringing Self-Awareness, Intentionality and Action to Interrupt and End Micro-Aggressions


Date: Wednesday, Sept. 18

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room: Galleria III

Led by: Ann Su, J.D.

Description:
As leaders of a diverse workforce, there is the ever-present challenge of finding the unifying elements that enable cooperative and collaborative work to happen with more effective and inclusive outcomes for all.  This workshop will enable leaders and staff of affordable housing CDCs to learn practical skills to become more self-aware, intentional and active in the process of modeling inclusive leadership. It will focus specifically on why micro-aggressions are so damaging to those who experience them, and then help participants to understand how to help educate others on their damage and how to interrupt micro-aggressions.

Apprenticeship and Internship Programs: Affordable Housing CDCs and Diversity in Construction Trades and Within Our Own Organizations


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: Galleria I

Moderator:

  • Connor McDonnell, Housing Integrator, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Panelists:

  • Pat Daniels, Executive Director, Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program
  • Gisela Salgado, Rural West Internship Program for Diversity in Nonprofit Housing and Community Development, California Coalition for Rural Housing
  • Maurice Rahming, President/General Manager/Design Build, O'Neill Construction Group
  • Tiffany Thompson, Construction Career Pathways Project Program Manager, Metro

Description:
With Oregon’s hot economy both nonprofit housing developers and construction contractors continue to struggle building and retaining a diverse workforce. Industries must be intentional in developing recruitment and training programs that appeal to a younger and more diverse generation when considering long-term workforce development efforts. Workshop panelists will share success stories about their internship and apprenticeship programs and consider opportunities to grow partnerships with the nonprofit sector. What ideas are out there for how nonprofit CDCs can work together towards creating more internship and apprenticeship opportunities both within our organizations and on housing development projects?

Increasing COBID Certified Firms (MWESB) Utilization in Multi-Family Housing Projects


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Room: Galleria I

Tracks: Affordable Rental Housing, Equity and Racial Justice

Moderator:

  • Travis Phillips, Director of Community Development & Housing

Panelists:

  • Carrie L. Baxandall, COBID Program Manager, State of Oregon
  • Nate McCoy, Executive Director, National Association Minority Contractors Oregon
  • Afton Walsh, Community Outreach Director, Walsh Construction
  • Dulce Weston, Project Engineer, Diversity Outreach Coordinator, Bremik Construction

Description:

Oregon’s hot economy and expanded funding for affordable housing will likely continue to create new opportunities and challenges for housing development teams working to meet goals for participation by contractors certified by Oregon’s Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID), formerly MWESB. Public partners managing new housing resources are evaluating goals to increase utilization of COBID certified firms. Identifying barriers and opportunities for the affordable housing industry to not just meet--but exceed--participation goals and determining how developers can work more closely with government agencies and the construction industry to expand employment and wealth creation in communities of color, with businesses owned by women and service disabled veterans, and emerging small business throughout Oregon.

Addressing Hate and Harassment on Your Property


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: Galleria I

Track: Equity and Racial Justice, Resident Services, Property and Asset Management

Presenters:

  • Diane Hess, Education & Outreach Specialist, Fair Housing Council of Oregon
  • Laura Flores, Portfolio Manager, Princeton Property Management
  • Sharon Walker, Senior Portfolio Manager

Description:
Sadly, acts of hate and harassment directed at protected classes have increased dramatically over the last few years. About a third of these acts occur where people live. This session will explain HUD’s requirements for responding to resident-on-resident harassment based on protected class and explore strategies for investigating and remedying these problems. The session will also specifically address situations where the harasser has a mental disability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of the growth in hate and harassment today and community efforts to combat it;
  • Understand when an act of harassment falls under fair housing law;
  • Increase knowledge of the types of hate/harassment based on protected class occurring in housing with specific examples;
  • Understand the legal requirements for addressing hate and harassment, particularly HUD’s 2016 harassment ruling;
  • Increase knowledge of how to respond to and investigate acts of harassment on a property, including situations where the individual carrying out the harassment has a behavioral disability.

Participant Outcomes will Include Increased Knowledge of:

  • Legal requirements to intervene when acts of hate/harassment based on protected class occur on properties
  • The investigation process, including:
    • determining consequences for harassment;
    • addressing acts of harassment carried out by residents whose behavior is linked to a behavioral disability; how the reasonable accommodation process works in these situations;
    • how to deal with harassment complaints when it’s one person’s word against another and there is no corroborating evidence;
    • how to deal with situations when there is harassment based on protected class, but also other problems caused by the other resident;
    • documentation;
    • follow up.
  • How to prevent acts of hate/harassment on property

Impacts-How will the session impact the industry?

  • Protect housing providers from liability
    • There have been lawsuits against housing providers that did not take sufficient action to end harassment based on protected class on their properties
  • Support the housing industry in becoming a leader in the broader fight against hate

Addressing Homelessness Through Permanent Supportive Housing in Oregon


Date: Thursday, September 18

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: Galleria II

Tracks: Permanent Supportive Housing, Homelessness

Moderator:

  • Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President, Community Development Lending Northwest, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Panelists:

  • Heather Lyons, Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Kenny LaPoint, Assistant Director, Oregon Housing and Community Services
  • Kelli Larson, Chief Program Officer, Plymouth Housing

Description:

Panel discussion will include data on Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and impacts to addressing homelessness, known ways to target housing interventions for deep impact and what is needed in the community to successfully deliver a PSH policy strategy. Government partners will discuss what is happening behind the scene to streamline and improve systems of coordination, targeting and delivery so that PSH as a priority is executed consistently across different jurisdictions. Another key point will be to ask about coordination between health and housing.  Take-aways for participants include, what changes are happening in the landscape to support PSH and how they can continue to engage in the discussion.

Permanent Supportive Housing Track Workshops Sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Permanent Supportive Housing Development Roundtable


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Room: Galleria II

Tracks: Permanent Supportive Housing, Affordable Rental Housing

Moderator:

  • Mercedes Elizalde, Public Policy Director, Central City Concern

Panelists:

  • Jacob Fox, Executive Director, Homes for Good
  • Sean Hubert, Chief Housing and Strategy Officer, Central City Concern
  • Tim Parham, Director of Real Estate, Plymouth Housing
  • Tracy Dannen-Grace, Director, Community Partnerships and Philantrophy, Kaiser Permanente
  • Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President, Community Development Lending Northwest, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Description:

Fishbowl conversation focusing on lessons learned regarding financing, intersections with health, and unique distinctions about Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). Panelists will discuss strategies that have been working in their communities as well as challenges they face, shared experiences, and highlight the big questions for Oregon to address related to PSH including opportunities to partner with health care providers to bring PSH to scale.

Permanent Supportive Housing Track Workshops Sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Lessons Learned: A Discussion of the Impacts of Design and Management Decisions on Permanent Supportive Housing


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: Galleria II

Tracks: Permanent Supportive Housing, Homelessness

Moderator:

  • Mary-Rain O'Meara, Director of Real Estate Development, Central City Concern

Panelists:

  • Amanda Donofrio, Senior Associate, Bergsund DeLaney Architecture and Planning, P.C.
  • Mariah Kiersey, Managing Principal/Architect, Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc.
  • Andrea Carnes, Deputy Director, Plymouth Housing
  • Donna Kelley, Asset Manager, Home Forward

Description:

The session format will be paired lectures that review design considerations that impact the health and well-being of people who have experienced chronic homelessness transitioning into housing. The first presentation will be a case study of the CCC Blackburn Center and a review of the design considerations incorporated into the project that benefit the health and well-being of staff and residents as well as specific lessons learned from integrating clinic space into an affordable housing project. The second presentation will present the concept of Trauma-Informed Design and discuss how guidelines developed through research of the Trauma-Informed Care model can be incorporated into Permanent Supportive Housing so that buildings themselves can support residents’ recovery from trauma and the staff that assists this recovery. The outcome of this presentation will improve the knowledge of designers, developers and service providers who will be developing PSH in Oregon about how these trauma-informed concepts can provide a design framework that can be implemented for new construction and renovations to increase quality of life for residents and satisfaction for staff.

Permanent Supportive Housing Track Workshops Sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Advancing Sustainability in Affordable Multifamily Housing


Date: Thursday, September 18

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: Parlor A

Presenters:

  • Mekha Abraham, Technical Manager, OHCS Multifamily Energy Program
  • Kevin Burgee, State Architect, Oregon Housing & Community Services
  • Melissa Soots, Project Manager, Carleton Hart Architecture
  • Jeni Hall, Senior Project Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Trisha Paul, Outreach Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon

Description:

Sustainability efforts in affordable housing deliver social and economic advantages in addition to environmental benefits. Oregon’s statewide affordable housing policy promotes standards focused on sustainable design, solar-ready, and electric vehicles. In this session, learn from a diverse panel of experts who will discuss the State’s policies and goals to promote sustainable affordable housing, the decision making and design process for incorporating sustainability into affordable housing, and how to offset costs of sustainable measures through incentive programs.

Affordable ADU Prototypes: Evolving Policy, Financial Goals & Community Design


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 3:10 PM - 4:40 PM

Room: Parlor C

Tracks:  Homeownership, Affordable Rental Housing

Panelists:

  • Jennifer Nye, Senior Associate, Salazar Architect
  • Chazandra Kern, Design + Engagement Associate, LA-Más
  • Rose Ojeda, Director of Real Estate Development, Hacienda CDC
  • Steve Van Eck, Co-Founder Multnomah Idea Lab, Dept of County Human Services, Multnomah County

Description:

This session will explore three Affordable ADU Prototypes being developed by non-profits and public agencies to address affordable housing issues, with examples from Portland and Los Angeles. The panel will review their ongoing work to create socially responsible policies, financing tools and designs that overcome the challenge of creating dispersed, small-scale, affordable homes. And they will discuss how ADU developments may benefit both renters and homeowners while mitigating the displacement of low-income communities of color.

Rural Roundtable – Opportunities and Challenges to Building Organizational Capacity in Rural Oregon


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: Galleria III

Tracks: Rural Community, Advocacy and Policy

Moderators:

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

Panelists:

  • 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

Description:

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?

Freddie Mac’s Duty to Serve Requirements and Rural Investments


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 3:10 PM - 4:40 PM

Room: Parlor A

Tracks: Rural Community, Homeownership

Presenter:

  • Corey Aber, Director, Community Mission and Impact Finance, Freddie Mac

Description:

This workshop will provide an overview of Freddie Mac’s Duty to Serve efforts in the multifamily space to support three historically underserved markets: Affordable Housing Preservation, Manufactured Housing, and Rural housing. These include LIHTC and non-LIHTC affordable housing, manufactured housing resident owned communities and communities with certain tenant protections, as well as LIHTC equity investments in support of rural housing, tribal housing, and agricultural worker housing. Presenter(s) will discuss their programs and highlight how they can help address housing needs in across Oregon.

Moving From Outputs to Outcomes in Resident Services


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: Parlor B

Track: Resident Services

Presenters:

  • Julia Doty, Director of Resident Services, Northwest Housing Alternatives
  • Chari Smith, President, Evaluation into Action

Description:

Participants in this session will learn about building program evaluation and data culture in Resident Services, using Northwest Housing Alternatives' experience with program evaluation as a case study. In this presentation, attendees will be walked through NHA's process and will have opportunities to take the concepts and practice applying them to their own programs. This will include identifying current outputs from the program, identifying program stakeholders, mapping the full scope of services, assessing current evaluation practices, measuring data, identifying programmatic outcomes, planning data collection tools, data analysis, and reporting out to stakeholders. The workshop will also cover the Housing Stability Assessment tool which was developed as part of NHA's program evaluation process, allowing participants to evaluate their own processes for measuring housing stability.

Resident Engagement: A Tool to Maximize Energy Savings in Your Multifamily Property


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: Parlor C

Presenters:

  • Carrie Bee, Energy Advisor, OHCS Multifamily Energy Program
  • Julia Sinex, Energy Advisor, OHCS Multifamily Energy Program

Description:

Traditionally, energy efficiency relies on physical improvements to a building for significant energy savings. However, building residents play a key role in a property’s energy consumption. A building, no matter how efficiently designed, cannot realize its full energy savings potential if its occupants are unaware of their influence. This session will provide resources and strategies for using resident engagement as a tool to maximize energy savings in affordable multifamily buildings, resulting in owner and resident benefits.

Tax Credit Delivery During a LIHTC Property Lease-Up


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Room: Parlor C

Track: Financial Management, Property and Asset Management

Presenters:

  • Fritz Duncan, CPA, Shareholder, Jones and Roth CPAs and Business Advisors
  • Kimberly Taylor, Senior Asset Management Project Manager, Housing Development Center

Description:

Learn about the importance of a LIHTC property’s first year from the perspectives of both a CPA and Tax Credit Compliance professional. Many affordable housing owners are unclear about the financial implications of a delayed lease-up or the potential financial award if they exceed the expected lease up goal. In this lively and analysis-heavy discussion, you’ll learn the value of knowing the required credits for a LIHTC project’s first year, how those credits are determined, and tips on meeting or exceeding that requirement. Case studies and analysis charts will be presented as well.

Details

The initial lease up and first year credit period for a Low Income Housing Tax Credit property is one of the most important years in a project’s timeline. It prepares the property for success from the beginning with all partners involved: the residents, the owner, the State Agency, and the Investor. Join Kimberly Taylor, HCCP, and Fritz Duncan, CPA, as they present together the importance of Tax Credit delivery during a property lease-up. You’ll learn the importance of 1) knowing the required credits in a LIHTC project’s first credit year & understanding how that total was determined, 2) meeting/exceeding the lease up goal to ensure the required credit/unit delivery, with, in some cases, a financial award (upward adjuster) for exceeding the goal, and 3) working with the property management team on meeting those lease up goals. The session will also cover a brief history of the LIHTC, the structure of a deal, equity vs. credits, transition from development to lease up, important points for first year benchmarks, like details on the cost certification and Form 8609, and a review of two lease-up case studies, both new construction and acquisition/rehab. A sample Credit Delivery Analysis chart will be presented as well. Both Kimberly and Fritz will also each provide examples of the biggest mistakes they see with their clients’ projects and how those issues can be avoided. Join in on this important discussion that will assist you and the partners in your next LIHTC deal to have a successful first year!

Proof concept demonstrating that debt relief support is a critical cost-effective way to help people experiencing homelessness with criminal histories to secure housing in the private market


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:40 PM

Room: Galleria II

Tracks:  Homelessness, Equity and Racial Justice

Moderator:

  • Elisa Harrigan, Housing Opportunities Program Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust

Panelists:

  • Angela C. Mullins, MSW, Director of Homeless Intervention Services, Northwest Housing Alternatives
  • Paul Solomon, Executive Director, Sponsors
  • Denetta Monk, Housing Program Manager, Housing Specialist, Urban League of Portland
  • Gina Dusenbury, Support Services Supervisor, ACCESS

Description:
Northwest Housing Alternatives, ACCESS, Urban League of Portland, and Sponsors have created a learning cohort and are developing a proof of concept model for debt relief support to overcome rental barriers to help people with criminal histories or those transitioning from incarceration exit homelessness or successfully move from transitional housing into permanent housing. The cohort aims to make a policy case that debt relief support works to housing, corrections, health and human service agencies. The cohort is a project of the Meyer Memorial Trust.

Future Impact of New and Existing Planning Legislation on Urban and Rural Affordable Housing


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: Galleria III

Tracks:  Rural Communities, Advocacy and Policy

Panelists:

  • Mary Kyle McCurdy, Deputy Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon
  • Mike Eliason, Interim Executive Director, Legislative Director, Association of Oregon Counties
  • Jennifer M. Bragar, President, Housing Land Advocates, Owner and Attorney with Tomasi Salyer Martin
  • Kevin Young, Senior Urban Planner, Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development

Description:
Panel discussion examining how bills passed during the 2019 legislative session, as well as existing planning law, will affect housing development in both urban and rural Oregon cities. What future impact will new bills have on the supply of affordable housing. HB 2001, requires cities with populations greater than 10,000 or within Metro to allow duplexes in lands zoned for single-family dwellings within urban growth boundaries. HB 2003, requires the State to develop methodology to conduct regional housing needs analysis and for cities to estimate needed housing units for next 20 years.

Resident Services 101: Orientation and Overview


Date: Wednesday, Sept. 18

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room: Galleria I

Track: Resident Services

Presenter:

  • Julia Doty, Director of Resident Services, Northwest Housing Alternatives
  • Amal Ahmed, Resident Services Specialist, Human Solutions
  • Melissa Arnold, Community Services Program Supervisor, Home Forward

Description:

This half-day workshop explores the role of Resident Services in connecting residents of affordable housing to services and programs that support housing stability, household opportunity and advancement. Participants will learn about the wide range of services typically provided by this profession including housing stability services, eviction prevention, information and referral and community building. In addition, you’ll consider best practices for programming with youth, seniors, and culturally specific communities, as well as the importance of collaborating with property management teams to create vibrant, healthy, and stable housing communities. Interactive exercises and dialogues will engage participants in conflict resolution skills and sharing of common challenges and frustrations.

The 2019 Legislative Session and Affordable Housing: Successes, and Losses. Where Do We Go From Here?


Lunch Plenary - The 2019 Legislative Session and Affordable Housing: Historic Successes, Lost Opportunities. Where do we go from here?

Sponsored by: JP Morgan | Chase Bank

Date:              Thursday, Sept. 19
Time:             12:00 PM Noon
Room:           Grand Ballroom

Panelists:

  • Introductory remarks by Governor Kate Brown
  • Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
  • Alison McIntosh, Policy and Communications Director, Housing Alliance
  • Rachael Duke, Executive Director, Community Partners for Affordable Housing and Housing Oregon board member
  • Ernesto Fonseca, Executive Director, Hacienda CDC and Housing Oregon board member

Description:
The 2019 legislative session resulted in significant wins expanding tenant protections, land use changes expanding middle housing options, and historic increases in funding for affordable housing development, manufactured housing preservation and homeownership opportunities. The lunch plenary invites legislators, affordable housing leaders and advocates to reflect on these recent wins and next steps. How can nonprofits, government and business partners best work together to ensure these opportunities and new resources are successfully implemented? How can we best ensure these wins will chip away at existing disparities and lift up access to affordable housing and homeownership for communities of color and rural communities? What are the gaps and challenges for nonprofit industry capacity to succeed in meeting these challenges in the next five years?

Lunch plenary sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Expanding Access to Homeownership and Increasing Household Stability


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: Parlor A

Panelists:

  • Shannon Vilhauer, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Oregon
  • Diane Linn, Executive Director, Proud Ground
  • Drew Davis, Single Family Housing Program Director, Rural Development – Oregon, USDA

Description:

Workshop addresses opportunities for homeownership development and Down Payment Assistance programs (DPA) with a focus on bridging the homeownership gap for communities of color and rural communities. Included will be examples of effective statewide partnership in rural Oregon providing access to USDA Section 502 Direct Loan Programs and other self-help permanently affordable housing programs. Discussion will also consider legislation and increased bond program funding for OHCS approved during the 2019 session and what opportunities these new resources provide to expand homeownership across Oregon.

Social Media for Organizing, Time Management and Advocacy


Date: Wednesday, Sept. 18

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room: Galleria II

Presenter:

Darion D. Jones, Social Media Specialist, Meyer Memorial Trust

Description: 

Whether your organization is new to social media or pros, this workshop will help your nonprofit improve upon its ability to communicate effectively online. Learn how to use social media tools to help with expanding and growing your base of supporters, raising awareness, connect followers with issues you care about, increase fundraising, and much more. The training provides nonprofits with applicable strategies that help increase their presence and engage their audiences across social media channels like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Learn more via the presenter’s booklet and blog.

Rx Housing: Taking the Pulse of Emerging Health Care/Housing Partnerships


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 3:10 PM – 4:40 PM

Room: Galleria I

Track:  Advocacy and Policy

Moderator:

  • Mercedes Elizalde, Public Policy Director, Central City Concern

Panelists:

  • Tracy Dannen-Grace, Director, Community Partnerships and Philanthropy, Kaiser Permanente (confirmed)
  • Lori Kelley, Social Determinants of Health Manager, Oregon Health Authority (confirmed)
  • Connor McDonnell, Housing Integrator, Oregon Housing and Community Services (tentative)

Description:
We all know that housing stability is a key factor in a person’s health and well-being -- and countless studies have demonstrated that addressing housing stability can help lower health care costs. Health systems are making investments and supporting innovations that seek to address Oregon’s affordable housing crisis. Over the next five years, Coordinated Care Organizations will be required to increase their investments in strategies to address social determinants of health, including housing. Join us at this session to hear from a panel of health care leaders and government partners who will discuss the latest initiatives and ideas for health/housing collaboration, followed by facilitated discussion and audience Q&A. This session will focus on specific examples of partnerships, solutions to cross-sector challenges, as well as emerging opportunities.

Farmworker Housing: Opportunities and Challenges for Expanding Housing Options


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Room: Parlor B

Tracks:  Rural Communities, Equity and Racial Justice, Affordable Rental Housing, Advocacy and Policy

Moderator:

  • Lisa Rogers, Deputy Director, CASA of Oregon

Panelists:

  • Maria Elena Guerra (Meg), Executive Director, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation
  • Mark Wilk, Board member, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation and Attorney, Oregon Law Center
  • Rose Ojeda, Director of Real Estate Development, Hacienda CDC
  • Erica Calderón, Housing Development Manager, Bienestar

Description:
Oregon faces a serious and growing shortage of safe and affordable housing for agricultural workers. Farmworkers are a critical workforce contributing both to Oregon's economy and cultural diversity of many rural communities. They also live firsthand with the impacts of our country's current anti-immigrant political climate. The 2019 legislative session ended with wins and losses affecting agricultural workforce housing extending the Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit but falling short in the creation of a complimentary Agricultural Workforce Housing Operations Tax Credit. Panelists will share successful development and preservation efforts as well as examine challenges ahead to expand housing options for agricultural workers including ideas for how the affordable housing industry can contribute to building a broader base of support to help the farmworker community thrive in Oregon.

Expanded Learning Opportunities & Benefits of Integrated Afterschool/Summer Programs with Affordable Housing Communities and Nonprofit CDC Resident Services Programs


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: Parlor B

Track:  Resident Services

Panelists:

  • Beth A. Unverzagt, Director, OregonASK
  • Anabel Hernandez-Mejia, Leadership and Resident Services Coordinator
  • Kassy Rouselle, Health & Wellness Coordinator, OregonASK

Description:

Gain an understanding of the role afterschool and summer programs play in building the school and community partnership. We will examine research and provide examples of successful implementation of such programs with a keen focus of the benefits and opportunities when integrated with housing communities and nonprofit CDC resident service programs. Though afterschool programs typically respond to community needs in various ways; the strategies and resources to be shared are practical so participants can immediately integrate them into their work.

Oregon’s 10-Year Plan to Reduce the Energy Burden in Affordable Housing


Date:  Thursday, Sept. 19

Time:  3:10 PM - 4:45 PM

Room:  Galleria III

Title: Oregon’s 10-Year Plan to Reduce the Energy Burden in Affordable Housing

Tracks: Equity and Racial Justice, Advocacy and Policy

Moderator: Shelley Beaulieu, Senior Program Manager, TRC

Panelists:

  • Dan Elliott, Senior Policy Analyst, Housing Stabilization Division, Oregon Housing and Community Services
  • Alex Buylova, Operations and Policy Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services
  • Ruchi Sadhir, Associate Director, Strategic Engagement & Development, Oregon Department of Energy
  • Peter Schaffer, Project Manager, Planning Department, Energy Trust of Oregon

Brief Session Description:

In 2017, Governor Kate Brown took bold action by directing state agencies to chart a 10-year course towards greater energy efficiency in affordable housing to remove the energy burden on low-income communities. This initiative took flight through an interagency effort, resulting in the Ten-Year Plan: Reducing the Energy Burden in Oregon Affordable Housing. This panel includes experts from the various state agencies seeking to share the findings of their research and discuss the next steps to move this plan forward.

Detailed Session Description:

In November 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown took bold action by directing state agencies to chart a 10-year course towards greater energy efficiency in affordable housing to remove the energy burden on low-income communities. This initiative took flight under the direction of the Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Oregon Public Utility Commission and the Oregon Department of Energy, with assistance from the Energy Trust of Oregon and Bonneville Power Administration, resulting in the Ten-Year Plan: Reducing the Energy Burden in Oregon Affordable Housing. This panel includes experts from the various state agencies and organizations seeking to share the findings of their research and discuss the next steps to move this plan forward.

The learning objectives of this session are:

  • Learn about the current state of affordable housing and energy efficiency programs in Oregon
  • Learn how much of an impact energy efficiency programs can have to reduce energy burden
  • Learn what steps this interagency working group have planned for the coming years

The participant outcomes of this session are:

  • Better target high-priority low-income populations in Oregon in their efforts to reduce overall housing burden
  • Access the Affordable Housing Assessment online database to understand gaps and opportunities
  • Engage in and stay aware of statewide efforts moving forward

The impacts of this session are:

  • Increase awareness of statewide energy burden in affordable housing
  • Increase awareness of steps being taken and spur consideration of complementary actions to address energy burden
  • Increase awareness in how to get involved

4/9 Hybrids – The Opportunities and Challenges


Date:  Thursday, Sept. 19

Time:  8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Room:  Parlor C

Track: Financial Management

Presenter:

  • Philip Porter, Vice President Acquisitions, Enterprise Housing Credit Investments, LLC

Description:

This workshop will explore the combining of 4% and 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit developments into a 4%/9% “hybrid” project.  Participants will learn key strategies of successful 4%/9% hybrid projects and take a look at what project types may be the best fit for this financing model. We’ll discuss the options for structuring hybrid projects and their complications, as well as some legal and real estate considerations.

 

 

What to Expect When OHCS Inspects


Date:  Thursday, Sept. 19

Time:  3:10 PM - 4:40 PM

Room:  Parlor B

Tracks:  Property and Asset Management, Affordable Rental Housing

Presenter:  

  • Jennifer Marchand, Multifamily Technical Advisor, OHCS

Description:

From confirmation to closing, this class will give you a better idea of what to expect when OHCS physically inspects your property.  OHCS will share tips and tricks on how to improve and determine the rating for your next property inspection, as well as inform you about the new IRS requirement that will significantly change the OHCS LIHTC inspection process and Owners requirements.

Opportunity Zone Incentives, Private Capital, and Multi-Family Housing Development


Date:  Thursday, Sept. 19

Time:  10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Room:  Parlor A

Tracks:  Affordable Rental Housing, Rural Community

Presenter:  

  • Stephen Brooks, JD, LLM, Director, Oregon Opportunity Zones Initiatives and Principal, Pilot Management Resources, LLC

Description:

The Federal Opportunity Zone (OZ) tax incentive has generated significant attention, and much speculation about the likelihood that private capital will flow to community-based projects in disadvantaged communities.  In particular, housing advocates and developers are trying to identify ways that OZ capital can help accelerate affordable housing development.  Several factors, including the nature of the OZ program itself, highlight the limitations of private investment in housing, and point to the benefits of taking a “portfolio” approach to funding for housing - and community development in general.  Link to 5 Lessons, 5 Questions about Opportunity Zones.