Chad Wakefield, PMP, SR/WA, R/W-RAC, R/W-NAC, Director, Western Region & Emerging Markets at OPC, addressed The Pacific Northwest Regional Council Chapter of National Association of Housing and Relocation Officials (NAHRO) at its Annual Conference in Portland, OR, April 28 and April 29. The conference, titled “Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers – leading the way to create, expand and improve affordable housing” was held at The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. Wakefield’s session, “Putting People First in Public Housing Transformations” discussed Section 8 and the importance of identifying and addressing the unique needs of public housing households as housing stock ages and becomes antiquated. Transforming these properties is not easy and dramatically impacts the lives of the people it is designed to serve. Often their needs become secondary to financial feasibility and political will. Wakefield’s session explored a better way of handling these transformations and putting people first. Wakefield and a panel of housing experts also reviewed programs like Choice Neighborhood, RAD, Section 18 Conversions, and other tools including strategic planning, staffing needs’ assessments, resident case management, and best relocation practices. The event encouraged great dialogue and attracted a standing-room-only crowd of over thirty affordable housing leaders from the region, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho housing authorities.
The Texas Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) welcomed Chad Wakefield, OPC Director, Western Region, and housing experts from across Texas and the Southwest, to its 43rd Annual Conference and Trade Show, April 15-17. Chad was selected to present a workshop on residential relocation on April 16 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center in Grapevine. His session, “RAD and Rights and Relocation Assistance” attracted over 35 participants including staff from several Texas Housing Authorities including Fort Worth, McKinney, Pharr, and Odessa. Several representatives from HUD’s Oklahoma City Office also attended. Common themes discussed in the collaborative and interactive session included regulatory requirements, project planning, resident communications, and risk assessment. Marett Hanes, Agent, from OPC’s Austin, TX office, co-presented the session with Chad. Ray Armstrong, Senior Vice President, Southwest, based in OPC’s Grapevine office, joined Marett and Chad as they welcomed the great “housers” in attendance. With several offices in Texas and throughout the Western United States, OPC is ready to serve the needs of housing authorities, project developers and owners. Contact Chad directly at email@example.com or 480-435-0623 to discuss upcoming projects, or for more information.
OPC was well-represented at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Conference in Cincinnati, OH. (L to R) Mark La Bonte, Senior Vice President; Vicky Cook, Regional Director Regional Manager Inland Empire/Kern County; Maria Brief, Marketing Manager; and Taurean Gordon, Chief Business Development Officer were on hand to share our Design-Build project experience, like Project Neon in Las Vegas. Design-Build is the fastest growing and most popular method used to deliver construction projects in America.