10:15 to 11:30 am
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS): Creating a Statewide Housing Plan for Oregon
Board Room 1 (located in the Grand Hotel lobby)
Megan Bolton, Senior Research Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services
Shoshanah Oppenheim, Planning and Policy Manger, Oregon Housing and Community Services
Oregon Housing and Community Services is currently engaged in developing a Statewide Housing Plan to better articulate the housing needs being faced by communities across Oregon, and potential solutions. Attend these sessions to hear more about the Statewide Housing Plan, hear when they will be visiting your community, and help guide the future of OHCS investments in Oregon communities by sharing what OHCS should know about your community needs as they plan for their future work.
Building Racial Wealth Equity
Santiam Ballroom 1, 2, & 3
Mary Li, Multnomah Idea lab, Multnomah County
Solana Rice, Director of State & Local Policy, Prosperity Now
Margaret Salazar, Director Oregon Housing and Community Services
Thomas Shapiro, Director of the Institute on Assets & Social Policy, Brandeis University; Author
Join Thomas Shapiro, Solana Rice, and local leaders to learn how policy can be designed to reverse trends and address racial wealth inequality. Both IASP/Brandeis and Prosperity Now have designed tools and blueprints to help us evaluate policy proposals and guide both advocacy and program implementation. How do we apply these to our work here in Oregon to build Children’s Savings, create homeownership opportunities, and build the assets of individuals and communities in ways that will reduce racial wealth disparities and reverse current trends?
Tools for Change
Santiam Ballroom 4 & 5
Alison McIntosh, Deputy Director of Policy & Communications, Neighborhood Partnerships
Jessica Junke, Director of Economic Opportunity, Neighborhood Partnerships
Add some strategic communications tools and skills to your toolbox as an advocate for change. Attendees will learn about how to communicate more strategically with policy makers, and will leave with tested messages on housing and asset building to put to use immediately.
Financial Institution Partnerships: What to Wish For, How to Build Them
Pringle Creek Room (Located on 2nd floor)
Anthony Pechtel, Director of Philanthropy, REACH CDC
Adam Stein, Fair and Responsible Banking Manager, Columbia Bank
Kate Rood, Community Engagement Officer, Beneficial State Bank Foundation
Steve Pagenstecher, VP Member Experience, Point West Credit Union
Financial institutions can be powerful partners, from funding to volunteers to board members. Learn from a panel of professionals representing a variety of financial institutions about their community engagement and investment models, and how to engage and build effective partnerships with the financial institutions in your community.
Creating Supported Housing Across Oregon: What’s Needed and Where Do We Go From Here
Santiam Ballroom 6
Kenny LaPoint, Assistant Director Public Affairs, Oregon Housing and Community Services
Royce Bowlin, Director of Behavioral Health Policy, Oregon Health Authority
Sharon Fitzgerald, Senior Director of Housing & Recovery Support Services, Central City Concern
Jacob Fox, Executive Director, Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County
David Rugh, Housing Support Specialist, Central City Concern
Karen Wheeler, Business Development Associate, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc.
Melissa Arnold, Bud Clark Commons Program Supervisor, Home Forward
Supported housing is a key element in our state’s strategies to prevent and end homelessness by providing housing with needed services. Join a panel of experts to hear what’s working in Oregon, where we have gaps and barriers to creating more supported housing, and what we can do collectively to create more capacity to develop supported housing. Our panel of experts includes supported housing providers, housing developers, health systems representatives, and more.
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