Fifty affordable housing developers from Southern California participated in OPC’s “Relocation Workshop: Cost Estimating and Site Evaluation,” presented by Senior Vice President, Michele Folk, SR/WA, R/W-RAC, R/W-URAC, R/W-NAC on Tuesday, May 21st at The Meadows in Irvine, CA. The complimentary workshop was sponsored by OPC, and Jamboree Housing provided the meeting space. Folk, who is also a certified IRWA instructor, developed the workshop to answer common relocation questions and concerns she consistently encounters in her consulting role on affordable housing projects. She also reviewed funding types; required notices and relocation obligations; and cost-estimating, which included an exercise using sample household facts and funding source scenarios. A second Relocation Workshop is planned for affordable housing developers in Northern California later this summer. For more information contact email@example.com.
Todd Salvatore, a Project Manager in OPC’s Las Vegas office, was sworn in today as the International Director and President for the International Right of Way Association’s Chapter 44. Chapter 44 represents the Las Vegas area of IRWA’s Region 1. Chapter 44 is 66 members strong, a number that increased 20% over last year. Mr. Salvatore’s goals for the Chapter include hosting more IRWA classes – he’d like to see them host at least 12 in the coming year. Visit Chapter 44’s site here for more information on the Chapter.
With California’s homeless population jumping 13.7% from 2016-2017, according to a September 2018 article published in the Mercury News, increasing the number of available, affordable housing becomes crucial. That same article quoted the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s statistic that California has only 22 affordable units for every 100 extremely low-income households. Using these numbers, the state is short more than one million affordable units.
Enter the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, a coalition of 750 affordable housing developers, advocates, community leaders and businesses whose mission it is to make the Bay Area a place where everyone has an affordable and stable home. The NPH held an awards banquet last week to honor those cities/counties/agencies for the “2018 Local Campaign Champions Award.” This year there were 12 winners, including the Cities of American Canyon, Berkeley, Calistoga, Emeryville, Napa, St. Helena, San José, Santa Rosa, and Yountville; the Counties of Napa and Santa Cruz; and the Coalition on Homelessness.
Pictured above is Sara Wall, a Senior Project Manager for OPC who has worked tirelessly for over 15 years as an advocate for low-income causes. Sara is standing with Zack Friend, Second District Supervisor for the County of Santa Cruz, who accepted the award on their behalf. At OPC, we are proud to play a role in helping to solve the affordability crisis facing not only Californians but also people across the country by assisting developers and municipalities relocate tenants during improvement projects, and advocate for these populations.