How can Portland’s faith communities use their land and resources to respond to the affordable housing crisis?

Representatives of several faith communities, Warner Pacific College, and local affordable housing providers joined together on Saturday, April 29 to learn how communities of faith can collaborate with housing developers to create homes for low-income people.


Possibilities Conference Program

Presentation Slides



Possibilities Conference Speakers

Steve Messinetti, 
Habitat for Humanity
Portland/Metro East – Portland
Has developed affordable homes on property
owned by faith communities
Rev. Karen Ward,
St. Andrew and All Souls Episcopal – Portland
Working on plans to develop affordable housing on church property in the St. John’s neighborhood
Apostle Steven Holt,
Kingdom Nation Church – Portland
Chair of Community Oversight Committee
for N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy
University Park United Methodist – Portland
Moving forward with affordable housing development on church property in N. Portland
Pastor Joanne Engquist,
Gethsemane Lutheran Church – Seattle
Developed affordable housing on church property
in downtown Seattle
Rob Justus,
Housing Developer – Portland
Working with faith communities to develop housing on their land
Nick Sauvie,
ROSE Community Development – Portland
Affordable housing developer in SE Portland
Rivergate Community Church – Portland
Worked with Habitat for Humanity to build 12 affordable homes on its property in N. Portland
Lorelei Juntenen,
Project Director at ECONorthwest – Portland
ECONorthwest is an economic forecasting and planning
firm. She will discuss the basic economics of housing development, and the role that land values play in determining the feasibility of affordable housing development.
Travis Phillips,
Director of Housing Development at Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI)
PCRI established the Pathway 1000 initiative, which seeks to develop 1000 new homes over the next 10 years, prioritized for residents involuntarily displaced or at risk of displacement from North and inner Northeast Portland.
Portland Housing Bureau


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