The Houselessness Crisis

Tuesday, October 05, 2021
3 - 4:15pm

The humanitarian crisis of houselessness that impacts almost every community in Oregon and SW Washington continues to expand with little change in sight, certainly in the near future. It is particularly evident in the city of Portland and Multnomah County. Several nonprofits are working to mitigate the impact on the lives of the unhoused and the economic and social toll it is taking in this area.

Commissioner Dan Ryan, Portland City Council member and Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, Chair of the Multnomah County Commission will be featured to discuss the current crisis and share ideas about how to address houselessness moving forward. This session will create a dialogue between local government leaders and philanthropy to dig deeper into the crisis that is all around us.

Elisa Harrigan (moderator), Housing Opportunities Program Officers
Meyer Memorial Trust
Elisa came to Meyer in 2014 because she shares the values and mission of the organization. Elisa believes in the unique role for Meyer as it strives to move the needle toward a just and equitable Oregon. Prior to joining Meyer, Elisa was the executive director of the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT), Oregon’s only grassroots tenant-led organization. Elisa is a member of the Class V – Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Latino Leadership Program. Elisa was named “Best Low Income Tenant Advocate” by the Willamette Week in 2009. Elisa has volunteered for several years for the MRG Foundation (now Seeding Justice).

Dan Ryan, Commissioner
City of Portland City Council
Dan Ryan is an American non-profit executive and politician who was elected to the Portland City Council on August 12, 2020. Commissioner Ryan oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, Joint Office of Homeless Services, Bureau of Development Services and the Portland Children’s Levy. In partnership with Portlanders, the Commissioner is working to develop innovative solutions to complex issues that move our city forward.

Susheela Jayapal, Commissioner
Multnomah County Board of Commissioners
Commissioner Jayapal has represented District 2 in Multnomah County since January, 2019. An Oregonian since 1994, she is a lawyer and was General Counsel for adidas America before being elected to office. In addition to serving in that capacity, Commissioner Jayapal has spent two decades as a volunteer community leader/advocate for a number of different community-based organizations. She is also a member of the Metro Supportive Housing Services Measure Oversight Committee.


Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 3 – 4:15pm
Cost: Free to Members $0 / Nonmmembers $45

This program is open to members and nonmembers. If you are a nonmember you may register by contacting us at info@gosw.org.