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Subsidizing Housing Effectively

March 21, 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm

What does it take to deliver affordable housing programs, from houselessness to homeownership? How do cities and regions preserve and expand regulated affordable housing while experiencing rapid growth? Tony Pickett, with Grounded Solutions Network, Leila Bozorg with NYC Housing Preservation & Development, Bill Pickel with Brilliant Corners and moderator Alison McIntosh with the Oregon Housing Alliance will share their expertise around how to make sure that housing subsidies are being spent where they most need to be, and strategies to increase resources where they will always be required.

Join us for short presentations by all panelists about their work and their recommendations for Portland, followed by a moderated Q&A and questions from the audience.


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Tony Pickett, Grounded Solutions Network
Leila Bozorg, NYC Housing Preservation & Development
Bill Pickel, Brilliant Corners
Moderated by Alison McIntosh, Oregon Housing alliance

5:00pm – Doors open
5:30pm – Panel begins


About the Panelists:
Tony Pickett serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Grounded Solutions Network. Under his leadership, Grounded Solutions is advancing a new racial equity focused agenda for its policy and capacity building work to increase the scale and impact of housing programs with lasting affordability. His more than 35 year professional career as a successful architect and affordable housing practitioner includes his role as Senior V.P. of Master Site Development for the Urban Land Conservancy, leading efforts to plan, finance and construct multiple equitable transit-oriented development projects; his work as the founding Executive Director of the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative; a non-profit Community Land Trust entity focused on achieving equitable development outcomes for communities of color as part of the Atlanta Beltline transit-oriented development initiative; and his service as the Atlanta Housing Authority’s Director of Real Estate Strategy and Development.

Leila Bozorg is the Deputy Commissioner for Neighborhood Strategies with NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development, where she ensures that HPD’s development and preservation efforts are guided by meaningful community engagement. Leila leads the work of the agency’s Planning and Predevelopment and Neighborhood Development and Stabilization teams, which ensure that HPD investments contribute to broad community objectives and strengthen the social, economic, and physical health of neighborhoods, anchored by affordable housing. Previously, Leila served as HPD’s Chief of Staff, working on implementation of priority policies and programs from homelessness initiatives to neighborhood planning to fair housing work. Leila came to HPD from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington DC, where she was an integral part of the team that developed and launched the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), the Obama Administration’s signature program to preserve public and other at-risk affordable housing programs.

William Pickel joined Brilliant Corners as Executive Director in November 2007 and has overseen its growth from start-up to one of California’s leading supportive housing providers. Today, Brilliant Corners provides housing to 6,000 extremely low-income Californians through a range of innovative supportive housing models and strategies, including Los Angeles County’s Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool and the California Department of Developmental Services’ Community Placement Program, and houses 200 more people each month. William previously served as Director of Housing Development for California Community Housing. He holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from Boston University, a B.A. in Literature from the College of New Jersey, and an Advanced Affordable Housing Development Training Institute Certificate from the Local Initiative Support Corporation.

Alison McIntosh is the Deputy Director for Policy and Communications at Neighborhood Partnerships, where she leads the work of the Oregon Housing Alliance. The Housing Alliance is a legislative advocacy coalition focused on issues related to homelessness, protecting tenants, and ensuring there is a supply of safe, stable, and affordable housing in communities across Oregon. From 2014- 2016, Alison served as the Government Relations Liaison and agency spokeswoman for Oregon Housing and Community Services. Prior to that, she served at Neighborhood Partnerships, working on issues related to affordable housing and homelessness.


The event is free and open, but please be sure to register & save your spot in case it fills up – space is limited, and if we do fill up we will be checking registration at the door.


After the panel:
8:00pm – Social Hour at Von Ebert Brewing ,131 NW 13th Ave


About the series:
We know Portland is feeling growing pains and will continue to. We also know that compared to many other places, Portland still has room to consider HOW we want to evolve. We are a critical moment in our history: The decisions we make this year will impact housing availability and affordability for a generation to come. As we grow, Portland can learn many lessons from larger metro areas: from successes, from failures, from willingness to embrace political challenges creatively. Hindsight is 20/20, and our peers in bigger cities have it.

This speaker series is bringing experts in housing policy and advocacy from Vancouver BC, San Francisco, Seattle, and more, to share their expertise and advice on how our region can better meet ALL residents’ housing needs. Join AARP Oregon, Portland for Everyone/1000 Friends of Oregon, and the Sightline Institute for a dynamic conversation, looking back and looking forward.

Find all three events in the series here: http://portlandforeveryone.org/events/


Cover image courtesy Portland for Everyone.


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