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David Evans and Associates, Inc.

2100 Southwest River Parkway

Portland, OR 97201

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Fair Housing: The Next 50 Years

Friday, March 1, 2019

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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David Evans & Associates

2100 SW River Parkway

Portland, Oregon 97201

Registration includes coffee, lunch and refreshments


CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). This historic piece of civil rights legislation declared that fair housing was now the law of the land, making discrimination based on certain protected characteristics illegal in the rental, sale, insuring and financing of housing. Since the FHA passed numerous states have expanded those protections including Oregon which now lists marital status, source of income, sexual orientation, and gender identity as protected classes.

However, since its enactment, enforcement of the FHA has been passive and uneven at best. As a result, half a century later, housing discrimination and residential segregation are still deeply pervasive. The 2019 Housing Land Advocates (HLA) Conference will explore the intersection of fair housing and land use bringing subject experts focused on eliminating housing discrimination; promoting policies and programs that foster open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and strengthening enforcement of fair housing laws.


KEY NOTE SPEAKER - CHRIS BRANCART, Brancart & Brancart

Chris Brancart is an attorney based out of California. Since 1989 Brancart & Brancart has litigated fair housing cases on behalf of plaintiffs in federal and state courts. The firm is dedicated to promoting enforcement of FHA and related state laws through litigation and advocacy as well as education and training to support fair housing attorneys and advocates throughout the country.

The conference will include panels on State & Local Strategies to Furthering Fair Housing; Finance; Overcoming Hurdles to Housing; and a practical lesson in Housing Assessments and Goal 10. More details and speakers will be announced soon.


CONFERENCE SESSIONS


Panel, Legislative Strategies to Furthering Fair Housing

Communities across the nation are struggling with the growing need to expand affordable housing options and are exploring creative policy changes to meet the growing demand. This panel will explore local and state initiatives legislators are drafting to overcome housing shortages in their communities.

  • Mary Kyle McCurdy, Deputy Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon
  • Andy Silver, Director, Housing and Health Innovation Partnership
  • Michael Andersen, Senior Fellow - Housing and Transportation, Sightline Institute


Panel, Influencers of Change: Identifying and Addressing Shortfalls in the Provision of Affordable and Fair Housing

This panel will include an academic perspective on the roadblocks to the provision of affordable housing due to governmental restrictions and community opposition and presentations by change-makers in Oregon that seek to create new housing opportunities and preserve rights of persons in need of stable housing.

  • Professor Christopher Elmendorf, UC Davis School of Law
  • Allan Lazo, Executive Director, Fair Housing Council of Oregon,
  • Pam Phan, Policy & Organizing Director, Community Alliance of Tenants


Panel, Financing Affordable Housing Development

Putting together the multiple layers of financing involved in all types of affordable housing development, from large multi-family housing to smaller scale residential infill development, is integrally connected to the land use acquisition and approval process. This panel will discuss the complexities involved in financing affordable housing development. It also will present case studies of some of the challenges developers confront in navigating the requirements and restrictions of various funding sources, and innovative ways developers have overcome these challenges.

  • Emily Reiman, Chief Executive Officer, Neighborhood Economic Development Coporation/Community Lending Works
  • Trell Anderson, Executive Director, Northwest Housing Alternatives
  • Joni Hartmann, Executive Director, Housing Development Center


Panel, Oregon’s Goal 10: Making it Work in Your Community

Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goals and implementing laws are celebrated for their achievements in preserving farmland, forests, and natural resources. Given housing conditions across the state—shortages, declining affordability, and concerns about Fair Housing—the success of Goal 10, the housing goal, is less certain. Yet, state and local actors are finding ways to realize the potential of Goal 10 through state initiatives, better planning, and local capacity-building.

  • Kevin Young, AICP, Senior Urban Planner, Community Services Division, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
  • Matt Hastie, AICP, Project Manager, Angelo Planning Group
  • Cadence Petros, Development Division Manager, City of Beaverton


AICP and CLE credits will be made available for this conference.


You spoke, we listened: After last year’s conference, attendees asked for additional time to speak with and learn from other housing advocates in the room. For 2019, we have slightly lengthened our break times and moved the Ed Sullivan award presentation outside of the lunch hour, providing more opportunities to network with fellow conference-goers.


Parking and transportation: Parking is limited at the conference venue. If you are a local attendee, the streetcar stops very close to the location (get off at the SW River Pkwy & Moody stop), so please consider using this option. If you are driving, there is a parking garage a few blocks from the venue on SW River Drive.


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