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Conference Session 3: Inspired Oregon Housing Solutions: Developing Housing for Equity and Inclusion in Later Life
Friday, October 20, 2023, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Category: Conferences

Inspired Oregon Housing Solutions: Developing Housing for Equity and Inclusion in Later Life 

Challenges and Choices in Housing Chronically Homeless Older Adults: Findings from Northwest Pilot Project's Permanent Supportive Housing Program


  • Laura Golino de Lovato, MLIS (Executive Director, Northwest Pilot Project


This session will provide an overview of the challenges faced by chronically homeless low-income older adults seeking stable housing and the intersection with funding, access, and support limitations.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a basic understanding of the key challenges faced by older adults moving from chronic homelessness into housing.
  • Learn about both the Permanent Supportive Housing and the Housing First models: what they are and how they work as evidence-based housing models for the most vulnerable.
  • Become aware of how housing and homeless policies impact extremely low-income older adults.
  • Gain a heightened understanding of the history of housing discrimination, the basics of Fair Housing, and current common barriers to housing for low-income community members.

Innovative and Entrepreneurial Solutions for Non-Subsidized Housing


  • Keren Brown Wilson, PhD (Founder, AGE+ and The Jessie F. Richardson Foundation)


This presentation will highlight new solutions for developing affordable housing for older adults. Dr. Wilson will share successes and solutions from the new housing developments built in Oregon by AGE+.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an overview of the challenges of and opportunities for developing affordable independent living housing for older adults.
  • Learn about new models of providing support for older adults in independent living arrangements.
  • Learn about exercising the principles of equity and inclusion in the development and management of housing for older adults.

Intentional Affordable Intergenerational Housing Options: Creating Community with EngAGE


  • Tim Carpenter (CEO and Founder, EngAGE)   


This presentation will discuss the creation of intergenerational housing options through EngAGE. Emphasis will be placed on how programming can create community in affordable intergenerational living spaces.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will gain an understanding of how to intentionally design and program intergenerational housing that fosters community connections and engagement.

Continuing Education Credits

Each session has been approved for 2 CE credits (NASW Oregon Chapter), AFH training credits, and DHS Administrator credits - that's a total of 8 CE credits if you attend the entire series. There will be a $10 fee per session for NASW credits. Regular Certificates of Attendance can also be issued.

To receive a certificate, attendees must attend the session(s) for their entire length and complete a post-session evaluation survey.

This is the third of four sessions of OGA's 2023 virtual conference. You can register for individual sessions or, at a discount, for the entire conference series. For an overview of all sessions, please visit the conference page.

Register here!

Laura Golino de Lovato, MLIS is the Executive Director of Northwest Pilot Project (NWPP), a nonprofit organization providing housing assistance, transportation, and advocacy to very low-income seniors in Multnomah County. Laura has over 35 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience, providing leadership in fund development, strategic planning and community engagement, and holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, Boston. She currently serves on the board of directors of PDX Jazz/Portland Jazz Festival, and Here Together (a homeless advocacy organization). Laura also serves as a Commissioner on the City of Portland’s Rental Services Commission, is Co-Chair of the Multnomah County Continuum of Care board, and is a member of the Multnomah County Multi-Agency Coordination Group (MAC Group). Laura values social justice and peace, inclusive communities, and animals, and puts those values to work as a volunteer in her community.

Tim Carpenter founded EngAGE in 1999 to create community and change lives by transforming affordable senior and multigenerational housing projects into vibrant centers of learning, wellness, and creativity. The organization provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors and hundreds of families living in California, Oregon and Minnesota. Tim catalyzed the creation of the Arts Colony model by co-creating the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs, which has now become an all-ages flagship model of creative living for elders, families and children. Tim is an Ashoka Fellow, a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award recipient, a recipient of the Stanton Fellowship of the Durfee Foundation, a Next Avenue Influencer in Aging and an Encore Public Voices Fellow. He was appointed in 2020 to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s task force on Alzheimer’s to create solutions in the aging arena in the state.

Keren Brown Wilson, PhD has a career that spans a broad range of academic and professional activities in aging and long-term care, including teaching, research, program design and implementation. Her work encompasses service at the community, state, national, and international levels. She is widely known as the architect of the ‘Oregon Model’ of assisted living and her work with affordable housing with services. She has worked with numerous governmental and advocacy organizations to develop standards and training materials. Currently she serves as CEO of the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation (JFRF) and its Oregon-focused non-profit AGE+. Both organizations focus on underserved older adults in resource-constrained communities using asset-based community development techniques. The Foundation has a major international initiative focused on training for low literacy adults in the provision of direct care and management of chronic diseases and conditions of older adults and community building programs to increase local support for indigent elders. AGE+ has initiatives focused on affordable housing and services for older adults in rural areas, grandparents raising grandchildren, and community strengthening programs. Keren has published professionally and received numerous awards for her work in the field of aging, including the Maxwell Pollack Award of the Gerontological Society of America in 2005, Purpose Prize Fellow in 2012, Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy in 2016 and election as a gerontological fellow of the Gerontological Society in 2016. She is the former Chair of the Portland State University Foundation Board and sits on the boards of numerous other non-profit groups.

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