Ten affordable housing sponsors from around the state joined representatives of Meyer Memorial Trust, HUD, Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) for the first annual meeting of Sustaining Portfolios Strategy, Cohort One.
Funded by a multiyear grant from Meyer Memorial Trust, the 10 sponsors are working with Housing Development Center to plan for the future of affordable housing portfolios that together comprise more than 6,300 units. Nine more groups, composing Cohort Two, started the Sustaining Portfolios Strategy program this spring.
The April 13 event at Mercy Corps Northwest in Portland was an opportunity for sponsors and funders to share insights and celebrate progress, as Cohort One participants enter the plan- implementation phase. Roughly 38 leaders from the 10 organizations, including asset managers, executive directors and board members, attended from communities as far away as Medford, Eugene and The Dalles.
The day began with words of welcome from the event’s host, Meyer Memorial Trust Affordable Housing Initiative Program Officer Elisa Harrigan. Cohort One participants gave brief presentations, Elisa led a roundtable discussion on equity issues and strategies, and HDC staff shared initial findings from the Deep Dive study, a financial analysis of 142 Cohort One properties. (Deep Dive data will be posted to this site shortly.)
A big thanks to Elisa and her colleagues at Meyer for hosting, to HUD and OHCS representatives for attending, and, most of all, to all the Cohort One participants for their great work planning for the future of Oregon’s affordable housing.
Photographer Edis Jurcys captured the images below…