Conference Schedule

 Housing Policy & Strategy

 Advocacy & Communications

  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Financial Stability Policy & Strategy

  Habitat for Humanity - If you are joining us from Habitat for Humanity, these sessions will likely be the most relevant for you

Tuesday, October 23

8:00 - 9:00 am Welcome
Breakfast provided
Willamette Ballroom C/D
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
(Choose 1)

Lunch 12 - 12:30 pm
Practicum 1: Advocacy and Strategic Communications Willamette Ballroom A
Practicum 2: Prosperity Agenda: Family Coaching Model Croisan Creek Room A/B
Practicum 3: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI) and Walidah Imarisha
Willamette Ballroom B
3:00 - 4:00 pm Re-imagining Oregon’s Future – The Role of Transformational and Visionary Leadership
Plenary featuring Keynote Speaker Walidah Imarisha, IDA Graduate and Native American Flautist James Edmund Greeley; and John Goetz, Habitat for Humanity Homeowner

with Cara Thompson, Columbia Bank, emcee
Willamette Ballroom C/D
4:00 - 6:00 pm IDA Marketplace and reception Willamette Foyer
Habitat for Humanity affiliates networking space Pringle Creek Room

Wednesday, October 24

8:30 - 8:55 am Welcome/Gathering
Breakfast provided
9:05 - 10:20 am Breakouts 1 (times and rooms are subject to change)
Local Housing Solutions, Part 1: Incentives for Development Willamette Ballroom A
Small Business Community Building, and the Power of IDAs Croisan Creek A
From the Bottom to the Top: Increasing Earned Income Tax Credit Participation in Oregon Croisan Creek B
Supporting Savers to Succeed: Fintech and Behavior Change Croisan Creek C
Prosperity Agenda – Person-Centered Design to Achieving Financial Stability: Case Study in Oregon Willamette Ballroom B
10:30 - 11:45 am Breakouts 2 (times and rooms are subject to change)
Local Housing Solutions, Part 2: Removing Zoning and Other Barriers/ Countering NIMBYISM
Willamette Ballroom A
Manufactured Home Replacement: Building Assets and Energy Efficiency, and Improving Health
Croisan Creek A
Oregon Bright Futures Plan Willamette Ballroom B
Assertive Engagement Croisan Creek C
Smoothing the Path from Corrections to Community: Building Financial Capability and Supporting Transitions to Housing Croisan Creek B
11:45 am - 1:15 pm Building a Better Oregon Lunch Plenary with:
Margaret Solle Salazar, Oregon Housing and Commmunity Services; Tobias Read, Oregon State Treasurer; and emcee Brian Stewart, JP Morgan Chase
Lunch provided
Willamette Ballroom C/D
1:15 - 2:00 pm Gallery Walk and Fintech "Petting Zoo" Willamette Foyer
2:00 - 3:15 pm Breakouts 3 (times and rooms are subject to change)
Land Trusts and Permanent Affordability Willamette Ballroom A
Permanent Supportive Housing in Rural Oregon Croisan Creek A
Consumer Debt – Patterns, Practices, and Solutions Willamette Ballroom B
Strong Foundations: Housing and Financial Stability after Foster Care Croisan Creek B
Building a Base for Advocacy Croisan Creek C
3:30 - 4:15 pm Ending Plenary: Taking Action for a Better Oregon with
Claire Hall, Lincoln County; Lee Po Cha, IRCO; and others
Willamette Ballroom C/D
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Sessions

Tuesday, Oct. 23

9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Choose your Practicum

Practicum 1: Advocacy and Strategic Communications

Willamette Ballroom A

Polish your advocacy, coalition building, and strategic communication skills in preparation for the 2019 Legislative session and all of the other work you're doing in your community. National and local experts will share some of the communications tools we rely on. You’ll get advice, hear about new research, and we'll have lots of real-life examples from work in Oregon and elsewhere.. You’ll learn about the power of unusual partners, and cross-sector coalitions. You’ll hear from experts about working with the media. We’ll practice using key tools, and you'll leave feeling ready for building relationships with your legislators and local officials

Anika Fassia, Project Manager for the Race Class Narrative Project at Demos, will share the results of their recent research that shows how combining talk about race with talk about economic issues helps build support across a wide swath of listeners. This work offers a powerful tool to advance equity in Oregon.

Mike Koprowski, the National Campaign Director for Opportunity Starts at Home will share the work behind a broad, cross-sector national coalition forming around housing opportunity. You’ll learn about the power of unusual messengers and new partners in working to sway policy makers about an issue.

Tim Collier of Home Forward, who has worked for many years with Oregon media to place stories and respond to inquiries, will share tips, tricks, and strategies for you to apply today.

Jerry Cohen, of AARP Oregon, will share a framework for evaluating issue campaigns, developing strategy, and building power.

You'll leave this session feeling ready to communicate, build relationships, and advocate for change!

Tracks: 

Speakers:
Anika Fassia, Project Manager, Race Class Narrative Project, Demos
Mike Koprowski, National Campaign Director, Opportunity Starts at Home
Tim Collier, Director of Communications, Home Forward
Jerry Cohen, AARP Oregon State Director (outgoing)

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Practicum 2: Prosperity Agenda: Family Coaching Model

Croisan Creek Room A/B

Prosperity Agenda's Family Coaching Model will help you support families as they set and reach goals for financial stability, new opportunities, and a stronger future. This session is limited to 60 participants, so be sure you've signed up.Participants will learn how family-centered coaching differentiates from case management, and other approaches to coaching and whole-family approaches, and observe first-hand how the approach shifts the dynamic of service delivery.

What to expect:
► Participants will learn how family-centered coaching differentiates from case management, and other approaches to coaching and whole-family approaches, and observe first-hand how the approach shifts the dynamic of service delivery.
► Participants will learn about the coaching mindset, practice in triads how to build skills for coaching, and pull it all together using the six steps of family-centered coaching to implement a holistic approach to engaging families to accomplish their goals.
► Participants will work in groups to assess how ready their organization is for coaching and whole-family work and steps to take to shift towards the approach.
► Participants will learn how family-centered coaching was developed and applies integrated lessons from trauma-informed care, executive skill functioning, and behavioral economics.

Tracks: 

Trainers:
Niela Hampton, The Prosperity Agenda
Devin Stubblefield, The Prosperity Agenda
Diana Dollar, The Prosperity Agenda
Rachel Brooks, The Prosperity Agenda

Practicum 3: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI) and Walidah Imarisha

Willamette Ballroom B

The morning will be spent with the Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI). CEI aims to transform personal and professional communities by raising consciousness and building tools that equip individuals, schools and organizations to build more inclusive environments. This workshop will assist attendees to:

  • Understand why equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) work is important and your role moving EDI work forward
  • Establish agreements and protocols that promote equity and create safer spaces for productive conversations about EDI
  • Establish a common language that empowers participants to engage in productive equity and inclusion-centered conversations

The afternoon will be spent thinking about our roles as leaders in equity work. We’ll begin with some stories from Oregon partners about what this work has meant for them. Then, Walidah Imarisha will guide us into a discussion about what transformational leadership is, how to do it, how to recognize it, how to get out of its way, and how to be a good ally to the transformational leaders you work with.

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Trainers:
Stephanie Ghoston Paul, Center for Equity and Inclusion
Tobias Sherwood, Center for Equity and Inclusion
Walidah Imarisha

Panelists:
Arielle Reid, NeighborWorks Umpqua
Joni Hartmann, Housing Development Center
Michael Parkhurst, Meyer Memorial Trust

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3:00 - 4:00 pm

Plenary

Plenary: Re-imagining Oregon’s Future – The Role of Transformational and Visionary Leadership

Willamette Ballroom C/D

Walidah Imarisha helped transform the conversation in Oregon with her presentation on Oregon's racist history, "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?" She is also focused on how we get inspired and un-stuck in our approaches to leadership and our work for a different kind of future. Ms. Imarisha will help us take the next steps in our work to create a more just and equitable Oregon as visionary and inspired leaders.

Keynote Speaker:
Walidah Imarisha

Also Featuring:
Cara Thompson, Columbia Bank
John Goetz, Habitat for Humanity
James Edmund Greeley, Flautist

4:00 to 6:00 pm

IDA Marketplace and Reception
Willamette Foyer

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Wednesday, Oct. 24

9:05 - 10:20 am

Breakout Sessions 1

Local Housing Solutions, Part 1: Incentives for Development

Willamette Ballroom A

All levels of government have a role to play in incentivizing the development of affordable housing; from our local governments, to states, and the federal government. This session will explore strategies used by several smaller cities across Oregon to promote more affordable housing choices for our community members.  This panel will discuss incentives to include; construction excise tax revenue, system development charge waivers, property tax exemptions, urban renewal funding, and more. Come to this session and learn how each of these tools could incentivize more affordable housing in your local community and learn from experts on how you might bring these solutions back home.

Tracks:  

Moderator:
Joel Madsen, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade HousingCorporation

Speakers:
Lynne McConnell, City of Bend
Cadence Petros, City of Beaverton
Kate Porsche, Corvallis/Benton County Economic Development Office

Small Business Community Building, and the Power of IDAs

Croisan Creek A

Community small business development partnerships are thriving across the state. Several are leveraging the power of the Oregon Individual Development Account Initiative to support micro enterprises and small businesses that are adding character and vitality to the local business community.

Tracks: 

Speakers:
Chris Watson, Warm Springs Community Action Team
Genevieve Sheridan, Executive Director, MERIT
Kate Schwarzler, Independence Community Association and Indy Commons

From the Bottom to the Top: Increasing Earned Income Tax Credit Participation in Oregon

Croisan Creek B

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a powerful tool to build financial security, help children thrive, and stimulate savings. Almost one in every four people in Oregon who are eligible for the credit don’t claim it. There is a coalition in Oregon determined to make sure that money is claimed and used to benefit our communities. Join us to discuss marketing and communication, strategies to support free tax prep sites, and systems changes that could have sweeping impact.

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Speakers:
Arielle Reid, NeighborWorks Umpqua
Bob Bruce, AARP Foundation Oregon
Sarah Adams, CASH Oregon
Steve van Eck, Multnomah Idea Lab

Supporting Savers to Succeed: Fintech and Behavior Change

Croisan Creek C

The promises of digital technology are manyfold. For organizations serving low- and moderate-income individuals and households, technological innovations that support people in meeting their goals for financial stability and wealth building offer immediate dividends. In this session, representatives of direct service providers, financial institutions, and state government will discuss how each of them use digital technology in the form of reminders, incentives, and data to encourage positive behavior change. We will talk about front and back-end tools they use, how effective they have been, and how they use data to inform decisions. We will also ask how the tools and data could be better and what is in the horizon for their programs.

Moderator:
Ross Kanaga, NEDCO

Speakers:
Joel Metlen, OregonSaves
Jessica Thelen, Credit Union Solutions
Frank Boothby, College Dreams
Mary Vasquez, Point West Credit Union

Prosperity Agenda – Person-Centered Design to Achieving Financial Stability: Case Study in Oregon

Willamette Ballroom B

Facilitated by Martha Lyon, The Prosperity Agenda will share how they apply a person-centered approach to change mental models and support organizational growth. Regional Oregon partner Hacienda CDC, will further share their experience with the approach as a partner in the Coaching Accelerator Project.

Tracks:  

Facilitator:
Martha Lyon, Community Services Consortium

Speakers:
Diana Dollar, The Prosperity Agenda
Rachel Brooks, The Prosperity Agenda

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10:30 - 11:45 am

Breakout Sessions 2

Local Housing Solutions, Part 2: Removing Zoning and Other Barriers/ Countering NIMBYISM

Willamette Ballroom A

For decades zoning has been used as an exclusionary tool to prevent the development of multifamily affordable housing and to maintain exclusively white neighborhoods. This panel will explore the issue from a few perspectives – land use advocates who want to see our communities meet their obligation to provide affordable housing opportunities, senior advocates who want to build more livable, accessible communities as people age, and housing advocates who are trying to develop affordable homes. You’ll learn about a range of strategies that panelists have implemented to create a better development platform in our State that will lead to diverse, inclusive and equitable communities.

Tracks: 

Moderator:
Joel Madsen, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation

Speakers:
Carmel Perez Snyder, AARP Oregon
Mary Stern, McMinnville Habitat for Humanity
Jennifer Bragar, Tomasi Salyer Martin Law Firm

Manufactured Home Replacement: Building Assets and Energy Efficiency, and Improving Health

Croisan Creek A

Across Oregon, thousands of people with low incomes live in manufactured homes – either in communities or on land they own. Thousands of these homes were built before standards for health and safety were improved in 1976. Residents who live in homes built before 1976 may suffer from the negative health impacts of mold, asbestos, and either extreme heat or cold depending on the season. Housing advocates, energy efficiency advocates, health advocates, and advocates for residents of manufactured homes are ready to tackle this problem through a replacement strategy which will bring together sectors, funding sources, and residents to ensure homes are safer and healthier. Attendees at this session will learn about some of the negative impacts of these pre-1976 manufactured homes on residents, the size and scope of the problem, and strategies to solve this problem, with a particular focus on the 2019 legislative session.

Tracks:  

Moderator:
Bill Van Vliet, NOAH

Speakers:
Oriana Magnera, Northwest Energy
Laura Robeson, NeighborWorks Umpqua
Karen Rockwell, Benton Habitat for Humanity
Mark Wyman, Energy Trust of Oregon

Oregon Bright Futures Plan

Willamette Ballroom B

Every child in Oregon deserves to grow up knowing that they have a bright future. Setting aside small amounts of money for training and education post high school gives kids the boost they need to do well in school, graduate high school, and enroll in college or a technical training program and succeed.

The Oregon Bright Futures Plan will reach kids and their families and engage them in imagining and building a brighter future. Come learn what our plans are, what impacts it will have in communities in Oregon, and how you can help.

Tracks: 

Speakers:
Quin Collins, Josephine County Educational Fund
Cara Thompson, Columbia Bank
Carlos Garcia, Hacienda CDC

Assertive Engagement

Croisan Creek C

Assertive Engagement (AE) is a social service approach used in Multnomah County to working with people that honors them as the experts in their own lives. AE combines evidence-based practices including Motivational Interviewing, Strength-Based Practice, and Assertive Community Treatment. In this interactive session, we’ll explore how AE can help us navigate power dynamics and use empathy in our interactions with clients and coworkers. Learning objectives: After training, participants will be able to:

  • more effectively use active listening, reflections, and other tools to support the people you work with
  • more easily identify the expertise of those you work with and maintain empathy for them
  • more clearly recognize and challenge judgement in everyday interactions

Tracks: 

Speakers:
Stephanie Simmons, Multnomah County Department of County Human Services
Cindy Xoing, Impact NW

Smoothing the Path from Corrections to Community: Building Financial Capability and Supporting Transitions to Housing

Croisan Creek B

Financial capability, access to credit building opportunities, and support with education, housing, or business development goals can help make the transition from corrections to community smooth and successful. This session will share several successful approaches, and tips on how to overcome the challenges and build the partnerships that help our returning neighbors succeed.

Tracks: 

Moderator:
Talia Kahn-Kravis, Credit Builders Alliance

Speakers:
Laura Locker, MercyCorps NW
Rachell Hall, Innovative Changes and CASA of Oregon
Rachel Stein, Innovative Changes and CASA of Oregon

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11:45 - 1:15 pm

Building a Better Oregon

 Willamette Ballroom C/D

Margaret Solle Salazar, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, and Treasurer Tobias Read will share news of the exciting and innovative work they are doing to build a base for a better Oregon by meeting housing needs and increasing the financial stability of households. Director Salazar is guiding the deployment of historic state and federal investments to increase housing opportunity, and collaborating on innovative policy approaches to build housing stability. Treasurer Read is working to create savings opportunities for workers and children, through Oregon Saves, Oregon ABLE, and soon, Oregon Bright Futures. Treasurer Read is helping to embed behavioral economics and other savings promoting strategies into new and existing savings platforms. Brian Stewart of JPM Chase, and chair of the Neighborhood Partnerships Board of Directors, will emcee this session.

Emcee:
Brian Stewart, JP Morgan Chase

Speakers:
Margaret Salazar, Oregon Housing and Community Services
Tobias Read, Oregon State Treasury

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1:15 - 2:00 pm

Gallery Walk

Willamette Foyer

The Gallery Walk will be an opportunity for attendees to engage with various organizations and presenters during an open networking session. The following organizations will be part of the Gallery Walk:

  • Oregon Saves
  • Fin Tech Petting Zoo
  • Stop the Debt Trap
  • Yes for Affordable Housing
  • 2019 Advocate’s Toolkits
  • Financial Education Resource Library
  • Money Mindset – Prosperity Agenda
  • Tax Time Allies! EITC resources
  • Oregonians United Against Profiling
  • Fair Housing Council of Oregon

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2:00 - 3:15 pm

Breakout Sessions 3

Land Trusts and Permanent Affordability

Willamette Ballroom A

Across Oregon, organizations that work to provide access to affordable housing are considering ways to ensure that homeownership opportunities created today remain permanently affordable for decades of future homebuyers. Communities are using a range of strategies, including traditional land trust models, ground leases in combination with Habitat for Humanity, as well as non-profit ownership of manufactured home parks as strategies to ensure permanent affordability. Join this session to hear from experts on approaches to maintain the affordability of housing for both today’s homebuyers and for the next generation.

Tracks: 

Moderator:
Commissioner Claire Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner

Panelists:
Brian Shelton Kelly, NeighborWorks Umpqua
Katie Ulrich, Proud Ground
Matina Kauffman, Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East

Permanent Supportive Housing in Rural Oregon

Croisan Creek A

We need a range of housing options in our community to meet needs of people experiencing housing instability. For some people, housing with supportive services is the best option to exit homelessness, overcome health barriers, and regain stability. Across Oregon, partnerships between housing developers and both physical and behavioral health care providers are forming and supportive housing is taking root. This session will focus on two rural Oregon communities where these critical partnerships have formed. Participants will learn what it takes to form successful and sustainable partnerships, what role systems alignment plays, and what may be coming in the 2019 Legislative session to support this work.

Tracks: 

Moderator:
Connor McDonnell, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Speakers:
Kate Allen, Kate Allen Community Development Services
Karen Gaffney, Lane County Health and Human Services
Jacob Fox, Homes for Good
Steve Manela, Lane County Health and Human Services

Consumer Debt - Patterns, Practices, and Solutions

Willamette Ballroom b

The Stop The Debt Trap Oregon Alliance, a group of nonprofits that came together to work on consumer debt issues, created a debt survey that was distributed to their clients across the state in the spring and summer of 2018. The goal was to understand what debts low-income families in Oregon carry, what triggered the debt, and how they are managing these debt loads.

After reviewing over 400 responses that came from over 100 different Oregon zip codes, collected by 10 different organizations, the results were surprising: low-income Oregon families are carrying different types of debts that have long-lasting implications in many aspects of their lives. From medical and utilities debt, to credit cards and student loans, these debts are holding families back from successfully building wealth, and achieving a life of financial security.

Join us to learn more about what we learned, and to talk about what we can do about this growing problem.

Tracks: 

Speakers:
Ezekiel Gorrocino, Government Relations and Policy Associate, Center for Responsible Lending
Carlos Garcia, Hacienda CDC
Rachel Stein, Innovative Changes

Strong Foundations: Housing and Financial Stability after Foster Care

Croisan Creek B

We can build financial capability for youth as they age out of foster care, and support housing stability by creating pathways to housing. Come hear from youth, community partners, and housing providers about the strategies and tools they’ve used to help youth build a strong foundation for success, and the tools we need to expand and create to meet the needs of youth in all communities.

Tracks: 

Speakers:
Emily Reiman, NEDCO
Sean Suib, New Avenues for Youth
CoCo Connor, City of Eugene

Building a Base for Advocacy

Croisan Creek C

Advocates across Oregon are building their toolboxes and coming together to share stories, build leadership, and move issues forward at the local, state, and national level. In this session, we’ll share tools for you to use in your community and in the coming legislative session. You’ll leave with messages, tools, and inspiration to empower you to share your story and help create opportunity in Oregon.

Tracks:

Speakers:
Janet Byrd, Neighborhood Partnerships
Clarice Amorim Freitas, Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance

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3:30 - 4:15 pm

Ending Plenary: Taking Action for a Better Oregon
Willamette Ballroom C/D

We’ll end the RE:Conference by looking ahead to the weeks, month, and year ahead. There’s work to do to make Oregon the place we know it can be! The November 6th election is a chance to take a stand for Oregon; the 2019 Legislative session is our chance to move our policy agendas forward. We all have a role to play, and we’ll leave this session fired up and ready to act together.

Speakers:
Claire Hall, Lincoln County
Lee Po Cha, IRCO
and others

 

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Neighborhood Partnerships is a statewide nonprofit organization with a 28-year history of achieving impacts throughout Oregon’s communities. We are recognized for our leadership in policy and program design, advocacy, and program management. We work with organizations, foundations, jurisdictions, trade associations, and individuals who are committed to improving life for all Oregonians. We are the manager of the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative, the convener of the Oregon Asset Building Coalition, and the convener of the Housing Alliance.