01. December 2020 - 17:00

Oregon Housing Conference - on COVID and Homelessness, Online, Tuesday, 01. December 2020

Community leaders of four Western cities compare what went right, what went wrong, and the future challenge of COVID and homelessness.

About this Event

The Oregon Housing Conference is an interdisciplinary educational gathering – online for the first time in 2020 – of experts and advocates discussing issues about housing important to people in recovery from mental illness and addiction.

The Conference in 2020 will include four municipal case studies on COVID 19 and Homelessness within the Ninth Circuit Court. Municipalities to be studied are Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Portland. Each city is within the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling Martin v. Boise.

Fourteen hours of continuing education credit for this conference will be available through the National Association of Social Workers. The audience for the 2020 Oregon Housing Conference will be national, knowledgeable, and keenly interested in what’s going right with COVID 19, what went wrong, what what are the future challenges.

The conference will be attended by clinicians and healthcare directors, housing developers and administrators, policy-makers, community leaders, law enforcement, and funders.


Margot Kushel, JD - Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco

Eric Tars, JD - National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

Speakers from Phoenix

Bruce Liggett - Director of Human Services @ Maricopa County

Lisa Glow, JD - CEO @ Central Arizona Shelter Services

Ash Uss - Advocacy & Partnerships Coordinator@ Andre House

Jessica Boehm - Reporter @ Arizona Republic

Kate Gallegos - Mayor @ City of Phoenix

Speakers from Los Angeles

Amy Perkins - Special Director of Housing Central Command @ LAHSA

Mike Arnold - President and CEO @ Midnight Mission

Mark Horvath - Founder @ Invisible People

Gale Holland - Reporter @ Los Angeles Times

Congresswoman Judy Chu - Congresswoman @ US House of Representatives

Speakers from Las Vegas

Tim Burch - Administrator of Human Services @ Clark County

Meredith Spriggs - Chief Kindness Officer @ Caridad

Kathi Thomas-Gibson - Director of Community Services @ City of Las Vegas

Briana Erickson - Reporter @ Las Vegas Review Journal

Dina Titus - Congresswoman @ US House of Representatives

Speakers from Portland

Deborah Kafoury - Chair @ Multnomah County

Jennifer Vines, MD - Health Officer @ Multnomah County

Drew Grabham, LCSW - Social Worker @ Portland Street Medicine

Raven Drake - Medical Coordinator @ JOIN

Molly Harbarger - Reporter @ The Oregonian

Kate Brown - Governor @ State of Oregon

Tuesday, 01. December 2020, Online, Oregon Housing Conference - on COVID and Homelessness

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