Bring Workers Home - 2011 Regional Forum on Workforce Housing - Portland, OR

December 01

2011 Regional Forum on Workforce Housing | Bring Workers Home | Portland, OR | December 1

2011 Regional Forums Boston, July 28 I DC, Sept. 28 

The National Association of REALTORS® and the National Housing Conference hosted  Bring Workers Home: 2011 Regional Forum on Workforce Housing in Portland, OR, on Thursday, December 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bring Workers Home explored a core set of issues, including:

  • Learning how to create and sustain a workforce housing programs in your community.
  • Understanding the importance of advancing workforce housing through local and regional partnerships.
  • Exploring workforce housing issues from the perspective of employers.
  • Hearing from other practitioners and advocates managing successful workforce housing strategies.

This Bring Workers Home forum attracted a wide range of attendees, including employers and HR professionals, REALTORS®, urban and regional planners, housing and community development leaders, local elected and appointed officials, state HFA representatives, and others.

 

Portland participants Portland Participants Portland Attendees

Photo Credit: Erin Berzel Photography

Click on the links to view additional information about Bring Workers Home:

Forum Agenda

8:45 AM

9:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast 

9:30 AM

9:45 AM

Welcome

  • Jan Ellingson, National Association of REALTORS® 

  • E’toile Libbett, National Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunities Forum

 

9:45 AM

10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

  • Comissioner Nick Fish, City of Portland

10:00 AM

11:30 AM

Panel #1: Why Workforce Housing Matters  This opening panel will make the case for workforce by highlighting the growing costs of place and the impacts the lack of housing can have on the community.

  • Chris Venne, Community Frameworks (moderator)

  • Margaret Van Vliet, Oregon Housing and Community Services

11:30 AM

12:15 PM

Keynote Presentation

12:15 PM

1:10 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:10 PM 

1:15 PM

Afternoon Welcome 

  • E’toile Libbett, National Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunities Forum

1:15 PM

2:30 PM

Panel #2: Lessons from the Field:  Workforce Housing in Action This panel will feature various workforce housing programs from throughout the region. The goal will be to show how EAH (or other workforce housing tools) can work in different markets across the region.

2:30 PM

2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM

4:00 PM

Panel #3: Advancing Workforce Housing through Partnerships This panel will focus on next steps for participants that are ready to launch a workforce housing or EAH program in their community. 

  • Samantha DeKoven, Metropolitan Planning Council (moderator)

  • Jenny Pakula, Oregon Association of REALTORS® 

  • Milly Seibel and Randi DeHollander, Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center 
  • Jennifer Larsen, HomeStreet Bank

  View Jennifer's PowerPoint Presentation

  • Linda Wagner, Marin Workforce Housing Trust

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Networking Reception 

   

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Speaker Biographies

Click here to download a PDF of the participant resource packet, which includes the Bring Workers Home agenda and the speaker biographies.

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Event Photos

Click here to visit the National Housing Conference's Flickr page to view the photo album from the Bring Workers Home event.

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Additional Resources

Visit HousingPolicy.org's policy guide on Leveraging Employers' Commitment to Affordable Homes for Workers.  This online guide provides a wealth of information on Employer-Assisted Housing and links to additional research and resources available for free.

The Center for Housing Policy offers publications available for download that feature the tools and strategies to engage emloyers in workforce housing efforts.

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Special Training Opportunity

On Friday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., NAR offered their Employer-Assisted Housing Class, designed to help REALTORS® and other stakeholders work with employers so that their employees can purchase a home through the assistance of a REALTOR®, non-profit organization and/or lender.

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Questions
Contact Emily Salomon, state and local policy coordinator at the Center for Housing Policy, at esalomon@nhc.org or 202-466-2121 ext 239.

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