Join us for a day of learning and networking!
8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome and Plenary: Yes for Affordable Housing - A Campaign Update and How You Can Make a Difference
Description: Housing advocates both in the Portland Metro area and statewide have a huge opportunity in November to advance our goal of having a safe, stable, affordable place for everyone to call home. Voters have the chance to decide two measures for affordable housing – one is a statewide measure that will lift a prohibition on local governments partnering with housing developers when they issue bonds, and the other is a metro area bond for affordable housing that could provide homes for up to 12,000 members of our community. Join our plenary session to get the latest update from the campaign, and how you can help advance affordable housing opportunities. You’ll also hear from an expert on what non-profits can and can’t do to engage in ballot measure campaigns.
10:15 AM Workshops: Session One
Track: Housing Development
Workshop: Modular Solutions to Housing Affordability
Description: Modular construction offers a solution to affordable housing that saves time, money and labor. By using prefabricated methods, large-scale, multi-story building projects can be completed up to 40% faster and reduce labor and other costs by up to 20% or more. Learn from and ask questions with our expert panel modular housing industry leaders representing perspectives as contractors, architects, and consultants. Will cover the history of use of off-site methods for budget and schedule controls. This is a fast-growing alternative to the traditional form of building that can be integrated into various affordable housing development strategies.
Track: Resident Services
Peer Learning Group: Resident Services Peer Learning Group
Description: Facilitated dialogue for resident services professionals to build working relationships, share best practices, and identify related policy changes needed on the state and local level. Discussion starts off considering how to maintain relationships with property management and still support tenants.
Track: Advocacy and Policy
Workshop: Crisis Communication: Strategies for Being Prepared for the Unexpected
Description: Communications experts share strategies for developing communication policies and procedures to ensure your nonprofit affordable housing organization is prepared when unexpected property or organizational management crises arise. Panelists will also share best practices for training staff how best to respond in such situations. Reach CDC, in Portland, will share the outline of their in-house developed policy.
Track: Property Management
Workshop: What you Need to Know to Create a Compliant Tenant Selection Plan, AFHMP and Resident Service Plan
Description: Tenant Selection Plans, AFHMP’s and Resident Service Plans are essential to the operation of any housing facility. Not only do these plans provide procedures and direction for the basic resident selection process, they also describe advertising methods, screening practices, application acceptance, and waiting list management for properties. Having clear, strong and well-produced plans can protect each property and owner from serious liability issues. Join OHCS in this session as we discuss tips and tricks on creating and implementing plans that meet compliance requirements.
12:00 PM Lunch and Bank of America Innovators Award
Description: Join us as we recognize Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives Inc. (PCRI) as the 2018 Housing Oregon / Bank of America Innovators Awardee for their Pathways 1000 project.
Lunch will be a chipotle BBQ chicken served with pineapple salsa, roasted yucon potatoes and roasted asparagus or vegetarian/vegan option of mezze bowl with quinoa tabbouleh, pickled cucumbers, roasted brussels sprouts and peppers, cherry tomatoes, with hummus and warm pita.
1:15 PM Workshops: Session Two
Workshop: Community Collaborative Housing Workgroup Encourages Change – A True Story
Description: Bend, along with many other cities, is in a housing crisis with 1% rental vacancies and skyrocketing home prices. In response, approximately 30 community members from multiple constituent groups – developers, architects, housing advocates, city councilors, etc. – stepped up to form the Bend Collaborative Housing Workgroup. In a yearlong effort, this innovative collaborative created a report of 12 consensus-based policy recommendations to spur middle market and affordable housing. Presented to Bend City Council for action the majority are now in process. Learn about this success story on how public engagement can assist a City in moving initiatives forward.
Workshop: Partnering for Permanent Affordability to Access Homeownership Funding
Description: Proud Ground has developed a model for partnering on the permanently affordable component of new homeownership developments, in most part in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East and for affiliates around the state. More funding sources and jurisdictions are requiring extended or permanent affordability including LIFT, IH and the potential Metro Bond money. For example, HB 3175 led the way to a one-time $20 million investment coordinated through OHCS to nonprofit homeownership developers across the state to build homes affordable to first-time buyers for families up to 80% MFI. Come learn about the options for teaming up to meet requirements and maintain compliance for the duration.
Track: Resident Services and Property Management
Workshop: Hoarding and Housing: Setting Up for Success
Description: Join members of the Multnomah County Hoarding Task Force to get an overview of Hoarding Disorder and how housing providers can work with residents who display hoarding behavior to both save their housing and comply with their lease. Topics covered will include diagnostic criteria of Hoarding Disorder and why that matters to housing providers. We will also explore how Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodations play a role in working with residents who hoard and how to write an effective Stipulated Agreement for the highest chance of success with those residents.
Peer Learning Group: Rural Roundtable: Setting our Priorities for 2019 Legislative Session and State Housing Programs
Description: Join affordable housing advocates from across rural Oregon to catch up on emerging 2019 Legislative priorities and State housing policy initiatives. What are our unique rural perspectives? What are our priorities? How can we better organize to make sure rural organization voices are heard in shaping policies and initiatives that advance and grow rural priorities and resources during the legislative session in Salem as well as with the Oregon Housing Stability Council. Specific issues include advocating for sufficient resources from the Document Recording Fee, Low Income Tax Credits, and QAP update process directed to rural organizations and projects.
3:00 PM Workshops: Session Three
Peer Learning Group: Housing Developers Peer Learning Group
Description: Facilitated dialogue for housing development professionals to build working relationships, share best practices, and identify related policy changes needed on the state and local level. Discussion starts off considering challenges with current funding opportunities as well as experiences working with local City Councils, building code officials and contractors.
Track: Homeownership Counseling and Education
Workshop: Creating Stepping Stones to Homeownership Through Credit Building Opportunities
Description: Many Americans share a dream of homeownership, but the path there can be daunting, especially with the impact of structural and generational racial inequities driven by discriminatory lending practices. Nonprofits, housing providers, and credit unions around the country are innovating to increase access to housing and build pathways towards home ownership, especially for those who have been disenfranchised from financial systems in the past. During this session we will discuss three promising credit building strategies: housing stability loans, rent reporting, and product partnerships with credit unions that can provide crucial interim opportunities needed to work towards longer term goals such as home ownership. We will highlight models and best practices for offering these strategies and discuss opportunities for broader implementation within the housing sector.
Workshop: Career Development and Housing: The Importance of Rent Assistance for Low Income Job Seekers
Description: A discussion on working better together through the alignment of housing and workforce systems. A presentation of the results of a study that shows the importance of rent assistance to low income job seekers. Full results available at: https://www.worksystems.org/news-events/news/study-shows-importance-rent-assistance-low-income-job-seekers.
Workshop: Speakers Training: Learning how to talk about Measures 102 and 26-199 - Yes for Affordable Housing
Description: As affordable housing leaders and program staff, we need to know how to talk to our constituents and neighbors about the importance of passing the two affordable housing measures this November 6. Yes for Affordable Housing is leading the statewide campaign to pass Measures 102, the statewide constitutional amendment, and 26-199, the Metro housing bond.
For More Information and Questions?
Contact Brian Hoop, Association Director at Housing Oregon via email or by phone: 503-475-6056.
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