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: TBD

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: The Affordable Housing CDC Role to Ensure Diversity in the Construction Trades and Within Our Own Organizations


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: TBD

Panelists:

  • Kelly Haines, Senior Project Manager, Worksystems, Inc.
  • 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

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 MWESB Utilization in Multi-Family Housing Projects


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Room: TBD

Panelists:

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

Description:
Oregon’s tight labor market makes it extremely difficult for housing developers to find qualified and available Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses general contractors and subcontractors, especially in rural Oregon. This workshop will explore existing and emerging new government regulations related to MWESB contracting as well as opportunities for housing development, construction management, advocacy, and government agencies to work together to expand utilization of MWESB firms as a means for building affordable housing and wealth creation opportunities within communities of color.

Addressing Hate and Harassment on Your Property


Date: Thursday, September 18

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: TBD

Led by: Diane Hess, Education & Outreach Specialist, Fair Housing Council of Oregon

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.

Addressing Homelessness Through Permanent Supportive Housing in Oregon


Date: Thursday, September 18

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: TBD

Panelists:

  • Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President, Community Development Lending Northwest, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Heather Lyons, Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Kenny LaPoint, Assistant Director, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Description:

Panel discussion will include data on 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: TBD

Panelists:

  • Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President, Community Development Lending Northwest, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Jacob Fox, Executive Director, Homes for Good
  • Representative from Central City Concern
  • Representative from Plymouth Housing
  • Representative from Kaiser Permanente

Description:

Fishbowl conversation focusing on lessons learned regarding financing, intersections with health, and unique distinctions about 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

Trauma-Informed: How design can benefit residents and staff in Permanent Supportive Housing


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: TBD

Panelists:

  • Amanda Donofrio, Senior Associate, Bergsund DeLaney Architecture and Planning, P.C.
  • Mariah Kiersey, Managing Principal/Architect, Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc.
  • Christina Bollo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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: TBD

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: TBD

Panelists:

  • Jennifer Nye, Senior Associate, Salazar Architect
  • Chazandra Kern, Design + Engagement Associate, LA Mas
  • Rose Ojeda, Director of Real Estate Development, Hacienda CDC
  • Mary Li, Director of Multnomah Idea Lab, Dept of County Human Services, Multnomah County
  • 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: TBD

Moderators:

  • David Ferrier, Director, Housing Programs, Rural Community Assistance Corp. (RCAC)
  • Joel Madsen, Executive Director, Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation and Mid-Columbia Housing Authority

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: TBD

Presenters:

  • Corey Aber, Director, Community Mission and Impact Finance, Freddie Mac
  • Dwayne George, Senior Production Director, Targeted Affordable Housing, Freddie Mac

Description:

This workshop will provide an overview of Freddie Mac’s duty to serve requirements to invest in rural, manufactured homes, Tribal, agricultural worker and preservation housing projects. Freddie has ‘Duty to Serve’ requirements with focus on rural investment, agricultural worker housing, manufactured homes, preservation as well as LIHTC and non-LIHTC financing of affordable housing. Presenters will discuss their programs and highlight how they can help address housing needs in rural Oregon.

Moving From Outputs to Outcomes in Resident Services


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: TBD

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: TBD

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: TBD

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.

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: TBD

Panelists:

  • Elisa Harrigan, Housing Opportunities Program Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Angela C. Mullins, MSW, Director of Homeless Intervention Services, Northwest Housing Alternatives
  • Paul Solomon, Executive Director, Sponsors
  • Jolene Aiken, Housing Specialist, Urban League of Portland
  • Don Richie, Support Services Director, 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 to housing, corrections, health and human service agencies.

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: TBD

Invited Panelists:

  • Mary Kyle McCurdy, Deputy Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon
  • Mike Eliason, Legislative Director, Association of Oregon Counties
  • Jennifer M. Bragar, President, Housing Land Advocates, Owner and Attorney with Tomasi Salyer Martin

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: TBD

Presenter:

  • Julia Doty, Director of Resident Services, NW Housing Alternatives
  • Amal Ahmed, Resident Services Specialist, Human Solutions
  • Melissa Arnold, 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?


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 12:00 PM

Room: Grand Ballroom

Panelists:

  • Representative Alisa Keny-Guyer, Chair, House Committee on Human Services and Housing
  • Alison McIntosh, Policy and Communications Director, Housing Alliance

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?

Preserving Manufactured Housing Communities and Replacing Manufactured Homes


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Room: TBD

Panelists:

  • Bill Van Vliet, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH)
  • Others to be added

Description:
Workshop explores the need to preserve approximately 140,000 manufactured homes across both rural and urban Oregon and opportunities made available by the passage of HB 2896 – the manufactured housing omnibus bill. The bill provides new resources to support homeowners in decommissioning and replacing their manufactured homes. Explores successful efforts to create co-op conversion and expand the pool of nonprofits and housing authorities interested in acquiring and preserving manufactured housing. Many existing manufactured homes were built prior to 1980 as well as many homeowners owning their home but renting the land beneath it. Many of these homes, disproportionately owned by lower-income households, are in disrepair and unhealthy due to mold and other hazardous materials resulting in the need for creative statewide solutions.

Expanding Access to Homeownership and Increasing Household Stability


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: TBD

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: TBD

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 Health Care/Housing Partnerships


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 3:10 PM – 4:40 PM

Room: TBD

Panelists:

  • Moderator – Ruth Adkins, Government and Community Relations, Kaiser Permanente
  • Others TBD

Description:
It’s become common knowledge in the health care industry that housing stability is a key factor in a person’s overall health and well-being -- and that addressing housing stability can help lower health care costs. Many health systems are making investments and supporting innovations that seek to address Oregon’s affordable housing crisis. Health systems are increasingly engaged in discussions on housing funding and policy, as well as making direct investments in housing development, services and/or supports for vulnerable people in our communities.

Farmworker Housing: Opportunities and Challenges for Expanding Housing Options


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Room: TBD

Panelists:

  • Maria Elena Guerra (Meg), Executive Director, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation
  • Mark Wilk, Member of Board of Directors, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation
  • Others TBD

Description:
Oregon faces a serious and growing shortage of safe and affordable housing for agricultural workers. The 2019 legislative session ended with wins and losses affecting agricultural workforce housing. While the Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit was extended, efforts to create a complimentary Agricultural Workforce Housing Operations Tax Credit did not pass. Between 2001 and 2012 tax credits resulted in the construction of 1,257 units. An “Operations” tax credit would create additional resources designed to preserve and improve housing options for agricultural workers. Panelists will share successful development and preservation efforts as well as examine challenges ahead to expand housing options for agricultural workers.

Benefits of Integrating Afterschool Programs with Affordable Housing Communities and Nonprofit CDC Resident Services Programs


Date: Thursday, September 19

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: TBD

Panelists:

  • Beth Unverzagt, Director, Oregon ASK
  • Anabel Hernandez-Mejia, Leadership and Resident Services Coordinator, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation

Description:
This workshop explores the benefits and opportunities available when integrating afterschool programs with affordable housing communities and nonprofit CDC resident services programs. OregonASK works with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Afterschool programs spark student interest, inspire them to dream and thrive in school and life in general. Afterschool programs typically respond to community needs; help build safer, stronger and smarter communities; and involve community partners to support locally-driven solutions.