Conference Schedule

 Housing Policy & Strategy

 Advocacy & Communications

  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Financial Stability Policy & Strategy

Tuesday, October 29

7:30 to 8:30 am

Registration (registration table open all day)

8:30 to 9 am

Welcome with Lebaron Sims, Prosperity Now - Assets and opportunity in Oregon (Light breakfast will be provided)

Willamette Ballroom C/D

Practicums - Choose 1 to stay with for the day

9:15 am to 2:30 pm

(The lunch break will be 12 - 12:30 pm; Lunch provided)

2:45 to 4:00 pm

Plenary – RE:flect; RE:imagine; and be RE:inspired

with:

Lebaron Sims, Prosperity Now
Katrina Holland, Community Alliance of Tenants
and more to come...

Willamette Ballroom C/D

4:00 to 6:00 pm

IDA Marketplace & Reception

An annual RE:Conference highlight! Browse the wares of Oregon IDA Initiative business owners.

Willamette Foyer

Wednesday, October 30

8:30 to 9 am

Registration (registration table open all day). Your day will start with Breakout Sessions. Coffee and tea provided.

Breakout Sessions

10:15 to 10:45 am

Break

Breakout Sessions

12:00 to 12:30 pm

Lunch (lunch provided)

Willamette Foyer

Sessions

Tuesday, Oct. 29

9:15 am - 2:30 pm

Choose your Practicum

Practicum 1: Equity and Human Centered Collaborative Design

Croisan Creek Room

Reaching our goals of equitable outcomes for all Oregonians will require us to change how our programs are designed. Equity and Human Centered Collaborative Design practices combine the techniques of design (listening, empathy, innovation, brainstorming, prototyping) with racial justice centered in the work. Join us in a sprint format to learn some of these practices as we go through an entire design cycle. We’ll use the frame of asset building as basis of our design question.

Together we’ll think about program design improvements that put people and their experiences and goals at the center. We’ll all leave the day with skills to apply to our work and daily life.

Are you a current or former saver with the IDA Initiative, or are you working to reach a financial goal in your life? Are you a person whose life or neighborhood has been impacted by the work of community organizations, or are you a person of color who perhaps sees gaps in services to your community? We would especially like to have you join us for this session and share your thoughts and insights on what makes IDAs valuable and how they can be made more accessible and powerful for others, and how IDA providers can make their programs more inclusive of the perspectives of savers.

Are you a housing developer, program manager, counselor, or coach to others? While we will dig in to the specific case of matched savings for asset building, you will have the opportunity to spend time in small groups, divided by interest area, talking about how these tools apply to your work. Everyone will leave this session with new practices to develop and models to test new approaches in your work. We will especially focus on how we can use these tools to deliver more equitable outcomes for people of color and in specialized programs, as we learn how to better incorporate the voice of people impacted by decisions in the design and decision making process.

Session Goals:

  • Exploring EHCD practices and the design cycle
  • Radically imagining BIPOC centered asset building
  • Previewing potential approach to upcoming ORIDA strategic planning process

Tracks:

Speakers:
Mary Li, Director, Multnomah Idea Lab
Steve van Eck, Research Evaluation Analyst, Sr., Multnomah Idea Lab

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Practicum 2: Communications to Move us Forward with Anat Shenker-Osorio

Willamette Ballroom A

Communication offers us opportunities to bring people together, to move our issues and policies forward, and to overcome the divisive tactics that dominate public life these days. Anat Shenker-Osorio has led research over the past ten years that offers us a path toward reaching our goals of creating housing opportunity, building a more equitable Oregon, and including more people in decision-making and advocacy.

Join us as Anat shares her thoughts on how to talk about work to create housing opportunity while countering forces of gentrification and displacement. Anat is well known for her research in 2017 and 2018 which provided communication tools to help us address issues of race and class at the same time. This session will offer us researched and tested communications tools and strategies that will help us talk about the financial and housing issues our communities face in ways that counter the divisive narratives that seek to divide us.

You will come away from this session with a better understanding of effective ways to communicate about housing opportunity, the need for new tools to build financial securityand about racial and economic equity. You’ll leave with easy to use suggestions about what to say and how to say it (see this handbook for an example). We will have opportunities to work in small groups to practice and adapt the tools to be helpful as we do our work.

Tracks:

Speaker:
Anat Shenker-Osorio, Principal, ASO Communications
Jenny Lee, Advocacy Director, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Cole Merkel, Deputy Director, Outreach and Engagement, Here Together

Practicum 3: Driving Equity through Data, Systems Change, and Cultural Change -- with Lebaron Sims and others

Willamette Ballroom B

Data shows us that Oregon, like the rest of the country, has significant disparities in outcomes for people of color, and that rural communities in Oregon experience persistent and extreme poverty. This session will help us understand how we can use data to help us create more equitable outcomes, and how we can center our work towards a more equitable Oregon in data that will provide us measurable indicators of our progress.

This session will feature researchers and analysts who will offer us analysis of recent outcome data that drills down on inequities and disparate outcomes. We’ll hear from colleagues who have used data to drive systems change within their organizations and systems, and some who have used data to help drive cultural changes within their organizations. The day will start with an overview by Lebaron Sims of Prosperity Now, who will provide new analysis of Oregon’s results in the Assets and Opportunity Scorecard, isolating data from the Portland metro area, rural areas, and the Willamette Valley as we look at outcomes and policy tools to address racial wealth disparities.

There will be lots of discussion and time to dive into your experiences and your challenges. You’ll leave with information about leveraging the data that is readily available to you, and with an array of ideas about how you can use that data to help you in focusing and assessing your work. Whether you are a researcher, a program manager, an executive director, or an advocate, you’ll leave this session with clear ideas about how data can help you move forward.

Tracks:

Trainers:
Lebaron Sims, Senior Research Manager, Prosperity Now
Catherine Martin, Corporate Responsibility, JPM Chase
Diana Hall, Senior System and Policy Analyst, Multnomah County
Ben Duncan, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer, Multnomah County
Lee Po Cha, Executive Director, IRCO
Megan Bolton, Senior Research Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services

 

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2:45 - 4:00 pm

Plenary

Plenary: RE:flect; RE:imagine; and be RE:inspired

Willamette Ballroom C/D

This plenary will feature several speakers who will inspire you to RE:flect, RE:imagine, and be RE:inspired.Join us as Neighborhood Partnerships shares news about our work, Katrina Holland reminds us of the realities our neighbors face, Mindy Woods shows us a glimpse of a new way to build power, and IDA Marketplace vendors tell their stories.

Keynote Speakers:
Joel Madsen, Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority
Katrina Holland, Executive Director, Community Alliance of Tenants
Mindy Woods, Statewide Steering Committee Member, Resident Action Project
IDA vendor

And more!

4:00 to 6:00 pm

IDA Marketplace and Reception
Willamette Foyer

An annual RE:Conference highlight! Browse the wares of Oregon IDA Initiative business owners from across the state, network with your colleagues, and enjoy refreshments at the IDA Marketplace and Reception. Every attendee will receive a $5 voucher you can use to purchase items from vendors. Come ready to shop!

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Wednesday, Oct. 30

9:00 - 10:15 am

Breakout Sessions 1

Creating Housing Opportunity In Your Community: Local Tools for Housing Solutions

Willamette Ballroom C/D

This session will revisit last year’s RE:Conference Local Housing Solutions, parts I & II, and look at what has happened at both a local and state level in 2019. Panelists will discuss what tools are and aren’t working to create regulated affordable housing for people with low incomes. Panelists will look forward to the implementation of several new bills that passed by the 2019 Legislature including HB 2001 and HB 2003. Panelists will reflect on ways that these bills might increase equity. Participants in this session will have an opportunity to sit with panelists to talk about what strategies are working, and hear about how they might bring new tools to their community.

Tracks:

Speakers:
Lynne McConnell, Affordable Housing Manager, City of Bend
Jes Larson, Housing Policy Manager, Metro
Kenny Asher, Director of Community Development, City of Tigard
Sarah Absher, Director, Tillamook County Department of Community Development
Moderator: Kaarin Knudson, Better Housing Together

 

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Storytelling for Advocacy

Willamette Ballroom A

In this session, attendees will learn about how sharing and telling stories can help to create change. Our panelists will share their own examples of sharing their personal stories or helping people directly impacted by issues share their stories. The panel will also include a decision maker who will share their perspective on why personal stories are so important to creating changes. Attendees will then have the chance to think about storytelling in their own lives, and how the power of stories have the potential to help create change. Residents of affordable housing and IDA participants will learn how their stories are the foundation of change.

Tracks:

Speakers:
Mindy Woods, Statewide Steering Committee Member, Resident Action Project
Gary Cobb, Community Outreach Coordinator, Central City Concern
Representative Teresa Alonso Leon, Oregon House of Representatives

 

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Oregon Consumer Justice Listening Session

Willamette Ballroom B

Oregon Consumer Justice is a newly formed organization which will take action – legal, advocacy, and otherwise – to protect Oregon consumers from predatory or unfair practices. Please join us and learn more about how we came to be, and more importantly, tell us what you think we should focus on as we begin our work. What are the barriers, threats, and obstacles that you face, your family and neighbors face, and your clients or residents face?

Tracks:

Speakers:
Emily Reiman, Board Treasurer, Oregon Consumer Justice

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Empowerment Economics: a culturally relevant, empowering, and multi-generational approach to financial wellbeing

Croisan Creek Room

Empowerment Economics is a culturally responsive multi-generational approach to financial capability in low-income Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Traditional financial capability focuses on wealth building at the individual level. In contrast, Empowerment Economics emphasizes building wealth AND power in communities.

In this session, we will explore innovative practices in the financial capability and assets field, reflect on the Empowerment Economics framework and its applicability to regional practitioners, and close with final thoughts on next steps in the field.

Tracks:

Moderator:
Julie Wang, Program Consultant

Speakers:
Jessica Santos, Director of Community Engaged Research, Heller School - Institute on Assets & Social Policy
sneha gantla, Graduate Research Assistant, Heller School - Institute for Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis
Santiago Vazquez, Microenterprise Coach, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
Aldo Medina Martinez, Business Advising Program Manager, Hacienda CDC
Jataune Hall, Business Development Specialist and IDA Manager, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO)
Todd Struble, Community Development Director, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)

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10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions 2

Better Integrating Health and Housing: How will CCO 2.0 Help Us Achieve This Goal?

Willamette Ballroom C/D

This session will look at the recent revamp of Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon through “CCO 2.0”. As CCOs work towards addressing social determinants of health, this panel will look at increased alignment between housing providers and health providers, particularly in rural communities. We will hear from presenters currently developing permanent supportive housing projects in rural communities. The panel will discuss legislation and funding considered or passed by the 2019 Legislature and ways in which new funding can positively impact health and housing.

Tracks:

Moderator:
Kenny LaPoint, Assistant Director, Public Affairs at Oregon Housing and Community Services

Speakers:
Lori Kelly, Social Determinants of Health Manager, Oregon Health Authority

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Organizing for Policy Change

Willamette Ballroom A

Join us for a lively panel discussion on how advocates can organize and build power to help create lasting change. The panel will include organizers with experience moving people to action, winning state legislative campaigns, and how we can support people become leaders in their communities. Participants will come away from the session with an understanding of how organizing can create policy change, and strategies to use organizing in advocacy work. This session will include an exploration of how residents of affordable housing and IDA participants can organize for the power to make change.

Tracks:

Speakers:
Marley Pierce, Program Manager & Trainer/Organizer, Western States Center
Moira Bowman, Director of Advocacy, Oregon Food Bank
Drew Astolfi, Organizer, Community Change

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Financial Inclusion in Action

Croisan Creek Room

Learn how local financial institutions are helping create and offering innovative financial products for Oregonians especially those living on low incomes. Learn about new security deposit loan, a new manufactured replacement loan and the new First Time Home Buyer Savings Account. Guest speakers will include representatives from Point West Credit Union, Craft3 and Consolidated Community Credit Union.

Tracks:

Moderator:
Elena Fracchia, Wealth Advisor, Columbia Bank

Speakers:
Amy Nelson, CEO, Point West Credit Union
Michelle Stanfield, Consolidated Community Credit Union
Adam Zimmerman, CEO, Craft3

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Building Financial Health in Oregon: Next Steps for our Communities

Willamette Ballroom B

There is exciting work happening around the state to build financial health. Come join us in a roundtable discussion to talk about what is happening, what you’re doing, and what we can look forward to in 2020 and 2021 as we work to build support for our work and for Oregonians living on low incomes.

Track:

Speaker:
Carlos David Garcia, Director of Economic Opportunity, Neighborhood Partnerships

 

12:30 - 3:00 pm

Plenary

2020 Here We Come! Be RE:Inspired, be RE:Motivated, and Be Ready to Create Opportunity and Build a More Equitable Oregon

Willamette Ballroom C/D

Wednesday’s closing plenary will be a lively mix of speakers, discussions, and activities that will get us all ready for our next steps together. Come ready to learn, to re-imagine, and to be re-invigorated for the work ahead.

Panel Discussion 1 - Approaches to Justice: Building Housing Opportunity
How do policy makers and advocates identify the best policy ideas, the ideas that will generate the most benefit to communities? This panel discussion will focus on increasing opportunity through housing, and the discussion will highlight some of the big questions we all need to ask ourselves as we develop proposals. We’ll frame the conversation as a discussion of housing vouchers, which are one tool to serve people with low incomes to access housing opportunity and stability. This conversation will explore some of the benefits and drawbacks of vouchers, strategize about how we could maximize the benefits of vouchers, talk about how vouchers should and could work hand in hand with community centered approaches, and will explore the benefits and challenges of a state-level voucher program. Come with your opinions and questions! We will want to hear from you.

Action Opportunity
Aldo Solano, Director of the State of Oregon’s effort to ensure that everyone is counted in the 2020 Census, will remind us how important it is to our communities that everyone is counted (Hint: it affects federal money, our representation in Congress, and our understanding of who lives in our communities and what they need). We’ll learn what we each can do to ensure success.

Panel Discussion 2 - Building capacity to reach our goals
This conversation with OHCS leadership, our moderators, and community leaders will examine ways in which we can build more affordable housing in rural communities and communities of color, and how we can address homelessness and financial instability. How do we build long lasting capacity within these communities to do the work and to increase equity? How will we build, own and operate affordable housing for the long-term, create homeownership opportunities for people of color, help families build a stronger financial foundation?

Closing – 2020 and beyond:
What’s in store for the 2020 Legislative Session? And what’s next in 2021? Hear from state and local leaders about the exciting work ahead, and learn how you can join in and be a part of the work!

Tracks:

Speakers:
Margaret Salazar, Director, Oregon Housing and Community Services
Taylor Smiley Wolfe, Director of Policy and Planning, Home Forward
Laura Golino de Lovato, Executive Director of Northwest Pilot Project
Candace Jamison, Executive Director, Marion County Housing Authority
Roberto Jimenez, CEO, Mutual Housing California
Mary Li, Director, Multnomah Idea Lab
Jessica Santos, Director of Community Engaged Research, Heller School - Institute on Assets & Social Policy
Aldo Solano, Census Project Director, Office of Oregon Governor Kate Brown
Paul Lumley, Executive Director, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
Carlos David Garcia, Director of Economic Opportunity, Neighborhood Partnerships
Alison McIntosh, Policy and Communications Director, Neighborhood Partnerships

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Neighborhood Partnerships is a statewide nonprofit organization with a 30-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.