June 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

Called to Order: 11:30

In Attendance:

  • *S. Reid – Agape Human Services 
  • R. Osuna – Washington County Housing
  • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church
  • N. Fai – Washington County Commissioner 
  • A. Crampton – Washington County Housing
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance 
  • J. Doane – Tualatin Valley Water District
  • AJ Bustamante – OOMA – Business Internet and Voice Solutions, Direct: (503) 482-7222, aj.bustamante@ooma.com
  • S. Quick – SQ Merchant Services 
  • J. Monihan – Pamplin Media 
  • J. Crites – Washington County Housing
  • K. Bolin – Edward Jones 
  • M. Holcomb – Retired 
  • S. Wilson – Washington County Housing
  • *S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee
  • C. Holsberry

*2020-2021 ABA Board Member

Nafisa Fai – District One Washington County Commissioner

  • Looks forward to working with ABA and community
  • One time small business owner before getting involved in politics
  • Lobbying contractor in Salem working to get funds for non profit organizations
  • Campaigned door to door which allowed her to get to know her constituents and their issues and build her goals
  • Working on what of those goals are achievable within our district, especially Aloha.  
  • Background in American Red Cross / Public Health.  Small business owner.  
  • Passion is community organization
  • Appointed to various transportation committees.  Strives to present an equity lens to transportation
    • Congestion is an issue and we will need to determine the best way to address that based on impact
    • Those closest to the problem are those closest to the solution
    • Businesses can’t hire people if people can’t reach them (mass transit issues)
    • Farmington (185th and 209th in particular)is an ongoing issue with need for lighting, side walks, safety as well as needs for more equitable functionality
      • Looking at Portland’s ways to address 82nd as a model for ways to address Farmington and vice versa 
      • Need to address this ASAP rather than wait years
      • Can we look at sidewalks and lighting as initial improvements
  • Wants to work on housing affordability and ways to increase home ownership
  • Mother of Black sons which means she has a “skin in the game” and this is where “politics becomes personal” 
  • Public Safety – Unincorporated Washington County only has Washington County Sheriff to rely on
    • Wants to work with public safety to ensure they can provide the right response in the right time
    • Wants to ease the burden Public Safety Officials face
      • No one can fill all the roles required of them and do them well
      • Officers have to also be Social Workers, Public Health Advisor, Mental Health Caregivers
    • We need to figure out how we can invest in different programs that can add value to public safety 
    • Advocate for those in crisis
  • Core Values 
    • equity, empowerment, accessibility, transparency, accountability, integrity, safety
  • Vision
    • A county that is safe, diverse, vibrant and innovative where all are valued and can thrive in their pursuits
  • Mission
    • Be and effective commissioner who protects and enhances the quality of life for all, in collaboration with the community and centering the common good
  • Goals 
    • Make Government accessible and transparent
      • Conduct civic engagement 101 training for constituents
      • Hold monthly town halls and weekly constituent meetings
    • Apply an equity lens in transportation
      • Identify promising initiatives that reduce traffic congestion
      • Ensure the county’s mass transit system serves all who depend on it
    • Address the affordable housing crisis
      • Expand affordable housing options
      • Research innovative ways to increase homeownership
    • Make the county a safe place for everyone
      • Ensure the public safety system provides the right response at the right time
      • Advocate for appropriate and adequate social services for people in crisis
    • Assist and empower small business and economic development
      • Hold quarterly small business and economic development roundtables
      • Create incubation opportunities for small business owners
  • Looking to apply her experiences and ideas 
  • Cultivate spaces for visitors and community
    • Example – Culturally specific malls
    • Bring lived experiences to small businesses 
    • Wants to make what you want a reality  
  • Questions/Comments – 
    • Use of Bales Thriftway?  
      • Question of current availability, has it been sold?
      • Believe it to be in a real estate trust
    • Goals/Activities – how do you measure your progress?  
      • Hopeful that the measurement will be in seeing how impactful her goals have been with small businesses
      • Identify incubation opportunities for small businesses and look at how many were able to be created
      • Reflect on outcome of quarterly town halls
      • Determine asks to State for funds for small business owners
      • Determine how collaborative everyone was able to be
      • Hope at the end of her term there are measurable wins

Washington County Dept County Housing Administration  

  • County approach to affordable housing
  • Ruth Osuna, Andrew Crampton, Josh Crites, Shannon Wilson 
  • Aloha Housing Projects
    • Metro Housing Bond
      • In November 2018 Approved Metro Affordable Housing Bond ($119 Million for Washington County in 814 units)
      • Will help fund development and redevelopment of affordable housing
        • Different implementation areas for funds, everyone received their own funding
        • Beaverton and Hillsboro have their own goals
        • Funds can be for new construction or acquisition and rehab
        • New construction needs to facilitate affordable housing for 60 years
        • Acquired and rehabilitated facilities (old apartment complexes, hotels, etc) need to be affordable for 30 years
      • Aloha Housing Development
        • 4 story building
        • Off Alexander and SW 174th
        • Developed by BRIDGE Housing and Hacienda CDC is the service provider
        • New 4 Story 82 unit c-shaped building wrapped around a courtyard
          • 51 units will be 2 or 3 bedrooms 
          • 33 units will be available for people making less than 30% Area Median Income
          • Will feature community use areas
        • Quality transit service with TriMet bus line #57 adjacent to property
        • Timeline (received funding in August 2020)
          • September 2021 – Permit Submission
          • Jan 2022 – Permits anticipated
          • Feb 2022 Construction Financing Close
          • Feb 2022 Begin Construction
          • May 2023 Construction Completion
        • Comments / Questions
          • No safe crossing at 174th and TV Hwy, will something be done about this?  Will anything be put in to allow people to cross safely?
            • In touch with the Department of Land Use and Transportation, and this will need to be addressed.
          • Was there any consideration of space for small businesses on the 1st floor?  
            • Not at this time, however challenges can be filed, but this would move the property to mixed use which can present challenges in financing
      • Aloha Inn Permanent Supportive Housing
        • Building acquired early 2021
        • Current building has 52 rooms, working to convert to 54 apartments
        • 54 Studio Apartments to provide housing to chronically homeless and those who meet the definition of being in need of permanent supportive housing
          • Project Overview
            • Building constructed in 1985
            • Hotel will be renovated into Studio Apartments with kitchenettes and fire sprinklers
            • Shares parking lot with Walgreens with access easements
            • Trimet Bus line #57 and #88
          • Supportive Services model
            • Funding of services
            • Ongoing
            • 2 onsite staff at all times
            • Resident flex funds
            • Community engagement funds
          • Populations Served 
            • Chronically homeless individuals and families
            • Individuals with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness(SPMI)
            • Individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
          • Services provided by
            • Supported housing specialists
            • Peer mentors
            • Individuals with “lived experiences”
          • Types of Services 
            • Culturally-Specific service model
            • Support for substance use disorder
            • Permanent supportive housing services
            • Support for behavioral health conditions
          • Aloha Inn Project Timeline
            • June 2021 – 22 Room shelter opens
            • October 2021 – Southern Wing Construction begins
            • Jan 2022 – Southern Wing Construction completion
            • Jan 2022 – Northern Wing Construction begins
            • May 2022 – Full Building Completion 
        • Supporting Houses Measure
          • Largest per capita investment in homelessness in the entire country. 
          • Bring in $38-$50 Million dollars to support services and long term housing
          • Year 1 goal is to house 500 chronically homeless individuals and stop another 500 from becoming homeless
          • Create 100 year round beds for singles
            • Currently have family and domestic violence shelters but no shelters for singles
          • Want to build up a system of care to ensure there is availability of culturally specific care providers to meet specific need to address the disproportionate members of color within the homeless community
            • Working with community, board of commissioners and Metro and oversight committee to create their local implementation plan
            • Headed in a great direction
          • 38 Organizations approved to be service providers 
            • Community based
            • Culturally specific
            • Faith based
            • Organizations that have never done housing yet have something to offer or could work with a specific population that has historically been underrepresented or underserved.  
              • Will work with them to build up their capacity contract
          • Historic opportunity
        • Questions / Comments
          • Are these funds from Measure 110 or something different?
            • Supportive Housing Measure run through Metro and voted on May 2020
            • Measure 110 supports different areas within addiction and treatment
          • The Federal Government is giving Washington County funds ($58 million?) Do you, as representatives of this committee go before someone to request funding?  How do you get access to Federal funds to further these services?  
            • Most of the funding requested comes from a presentation based on need and they have had to go through the same process.  
            • First $53 million is being considered, much of it going towards housing and human services
            • Will likely follow previous ARPA funds.  
            • Commission will determine plan for spending those funds
            • Additional allocations from American Recovery Act directly for housing going to the County through Treasury
            • Also saw additional funding come through from emergency bill passed by Congress in the neighborhood of $30 million coming into the State for rental relief
            • Housing Authority running Landlord Compensation Fund from state funding 
          • How will you measure success?  How will you determine these programs, apartment complexes, and temporary housing facilities are successful?
            • Measure requires reporting of outcomes, we know we have a historic problem and we are looking at a historic solution.  
              • First report will be out in October to show what is being accomplished
                • How many are being housed, how many are getting into shelters?
                • What is the rate of success?  
                • How many are we keeping stably housed?
                • Are we reducing the overall chronic homeless count?
                • Will look at who is being served and how they are being served 
                  • Culturally specific
                  • Geographic equity
          • Peer support will be crucial in support of this
            • Looking into allocation of contracts.  
            • Washington County will see a surge in new caseworkers
            • Scale support to meet program
          • How can the local business community help make this mission a success?
            • Continue to engage and inform the County about homeless population areas, letting them know where encampments are affecting businesses.  
            • Invite their group back to engage with your organization to keep communication flowing
            • Look for community meetings to participate in
            • CPO 6 will discuss Aloha Inn project
            • Stay involved, be ambassadors!  Show your support for the community in need.  
            • Can support local nonprofits as volunteers, board members, etc
          • How will funding sources be used?
            • $104 Million from CARES Act
              • 2 Priorities 
                • Provide the most positive impact for the most amount of people
                • Maintain adherence to Federal spending requirements
              • Adopted  
                • Protecting Public Health
                • Stabilizing local economy
                • Supporting community based organizations and non-profit
                • Building opportunities for improving the public’s mental health and community psyche 
              • Worked hand in hand with local jurisdictions and special districts within the county to support those goals
              • The use of the $116 Million we will receive this year (have already received $58 Million of this) is being determined by a Board of Commissioners working within a similar framework to the spending allocation of previous funding.  Will be going to the Board (as well as US Department of Treasury) to receive policy direction and guidance. 
            • Initial funding went into supporting those most impacted by Covid,vaccine distribution and small business grants, and temporary housing/rental assistance 
          • Is there any effort being made to keep outside of the area individuals from moving here for services?
            • This is a regional effort and similar efforts will be rolling out in neighboring counties.  
            • Ideally because there are resources in each county and similar services in each county it should help to serve each county.  
            • Frequent collaboration between counties is ongoing as well.  Counties are meeting weekly.  Roll out for all 3 counties is July 1.
            • Creating a system that talks to each other and connect reporting systems to guide need and use of services
        • Lift Us Up Keep Us Going Report
        • Joshua_crites@co.washington.or.us
        • https://www.co.washington.or.us/Housing/
        • https://www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/affordable-homes-greater-portland/progress
        • https://www.co.washington.or.us/BOC/Meetings/Agendas/2021/upload/CRF-2020-Report-V3.pdf
        • Look into ABA hosting a Town Hall meeting to allow the community to be informed about these plans going on in their community

 

Announcements

  • Continue to evaluate moving to in person meetings, or ways to in person support our members?  Minimal response to request for opinion on in-person vs Zoom meeting moving forward.  Concerned about further losing touch and losing community.  May look into hosting a home get together, an Aloha Community Farmers Market get together.  Not sure where Peppermill stands on inperson gatherings.  
  • Next Meeting July 8th.
    • How can we shake it up and meet in person then?
  • Should look into Washington County Kids presenting needs, Aloha Community Library has needs, ACFM has needs that we could work to address.  Content of meetings is good, we just need more to attend!
  • Pamplin Media is working on the Graduation section of paper, please contact J. Monihan (jmonihan@pamplinmedia.com) if you want information.  
  • Treasurer’s Report 
    • $1341.00 in bank
    • Paid state registration and insurance this month (done for year) 
  • Board did not meet this month

Adjourned 1:00 pm