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)

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)

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

Practicum 3: Driving Equity through Data, systems change, and cultural change

2:45 to 4:00 pm

Plenary – featuring Lebaron Sims from Prosperity Now

4:00 to 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 30

8 to 9 am

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

Breakout Sessions

9:00 to 10:15 am

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

Storytelling for Advocacy 

Using Data to Drive Equity

IDAs -- Financial Inclusion, Saving 

10:15 to 10:45 am

Break

Breakout Sessions

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

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

Organizing for Policy Change

IDAs 

Tools to Build Financial Health

12:00 to 12:30 pm

Lunch (lunch provided)

12:30 to 3:00 pm

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

Sessions

Tuesday, Oct. 29

9:15 am - 2:30 pm

Choose your Practicum

Practicum 1: Equity Centered Community Design with the Multnomah Idea Lab (MIL)

Room TBD

Reaching our goals of equitable outcomes for all Oregonians will require us to change how our programs are designed. Equity Centered Community Design combines the techniques of human centered design (listening, empathy, innovation, brainstorming, prototyping) with a focus on creating equitable outcomes. Join us as we learn the principles of community program and policy design. We’ll use the Oregon Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) as our case study for our design question. Together we’ll think about program design improvements that put savers 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.

Tracks:

Speakers:
Mary Li, Multnomah Idea Lab
Steve van Eck, Multnomah Idea Lab

Back to the top

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

Room TBD

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, ASO Communications

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

Room TBD

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, Prosperity Now

Back to the top

2:45 - 4:00 pm

Plenary

Plenary: Title TBD

Willamette Ballroom C/D

Keynote Speaker:
Lebaron Sims

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!

Back to the top

Wednesday, Oct. 30

9:00 - 10:15 am

Breakout Sessions 1

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

Room TBD

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:

Back to the top

Storytelling for Advocacy

Room TBD

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:

Back to the top

Using Data to Drive Equity

Room TBD

Description TBD

Tracks:    

Speakers:

Back to the top

IDAs - Financial Inclusion, Saving

Room TBD

Description TBD

Tracks:   

Speakers:

Back to the top

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions 2

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

Room TBD

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:

Speakers:

Back to the top

Organizing for Policy Change

Room TBD

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:

Back to the top

IDAs

Room TBD

Description TBD

Tracks:   

Speakers:

Back to the top

Tools to Build Financial Health

Room TBD

Description TBD

Tracks:     

Speakers:

Back to the top

Salem Convention Center Floor Plan (2nd floor)

Revised_Logo_Color

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.