Welcome Home Housing Summit

9 am - 5 pm, April 23rd, 2024

First Unitarian Church
Buchanan Room
1226 SW Salmon Street, Portland, OR

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Welcome Home’s Housing Summit is an opportunity for community and coalition members to come together to discuss innovative housing solutions, learn from experts from other cities, connect on shared values, and align our coalition’s mission and work.

Welcome Home Housing Summit Panels 9:00 - 12:30

Please arrive at First Unitarian Church with your EventBrite registration between 8:45 & 9:00.

Panel One will focus on Social Housing, a model of supplying affordable housing that is rarely used in the United States but has seen great success in many other countries. See the panelists below.

Panel Two will focus on the intent and implementation of Housing First, Not Housing Only strategies. See the panelists below.

Lunch is included for all attending community and coalition members. After lunch, we will convene a member meeting open to staff of organizations in our membership.

All Coalition Member Meeting 1:45 - 5:00

The second half of the day will be for coalition members to identify strategies to uplift our shared mission to ensure everyone in our region has a safe, affordable place to call home.

Panel 1: Social Housing in the United States

Moderator: Sybil Hebb, Director of Civil Advocacy, Oregon Law Center

Camille Gix

Camille is a Social Housing Policy Researcher and former Policy Advisor for Seattle Initiative 135

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Kalieah Baldwin

Kalieah is a member of the Seattle Social Housing Agency Developer Board.

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Ken Silverman

Ken represents the Housing Opportunities Commission in Montgomery County, MD, implementing a social housing model.

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Helmi Hisserich

Helmi is the Director of the Portland Housing Bureau and a part of a network of advocates for Social Housing models in the U.S.

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Panel 2: Housing First, Not Housing Only

Moderator: Mercedes Elizalde, Director of Advocacy, Latino Network

Ana Rausch

Ana is the Vice President of Program Operations for the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston.

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Sam Tsemberis

Sam is the Founder of Pathways Housing First, the nonprofit that originated Housing First.

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Noah Fay

Noah is the Director of Housing Programs for the Downtown Emergency Services Center in Seattle.

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Margaret Salazar

Margaret is the CEO of local Nonprofit Affordable Housing Developer Reach CDC.

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