Housing Technical Advisory Group
The Housing Technical Advisory Group provides valuable input to the Mayor and staff on affordable housing programs, projects, and challenges. Members were selected with a variety of professional and lived experiences that allow them to provide an important and unique perspective on affordable housing. Equity, inclusion, and community engagement are crucial components of this groups work. Key group responsibilities are listed below:
- Review recommended Metro Affordable Housing Bond funded projects and provide comments. To learn more about progress around the Metro Affordable Housing Bond click the link!
- Review and provide feedback on community engagement strategies used by the Affordable Housing Program with a Racial Equity lens
- Review and provide feedback on Five Year Housing Action Plan
- Advocate for affordable housing in the community as a whole by attending and/or leading City of Beaverton housing related events
- Report annually to the Mayor with group recommendations to further affordable housing goals in the community.
If you have a project or program you think should be brought to this groups attention contact Emily Van Vleet at 971-235-5358 or evanvleet@BeavertonOregon.gov.
The Housing Technical Advisory Group (HTAG) meets monthly. To request to attend or present at a meeting email Emily Van Vleet at the contact information listed above. The group is currently meeting remotely via Zoom to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Meet the Members!
Yesika discovered her passion to help families reach the dream of homeownership after witnessing the hard work of her parents in buying their first home and became acutely aware of the racial, cultural and socio-economic barriers around sustainable homeownership. As a result of that experience she was inspired to impact people’s lives in a positive way on a daily basis by creating affordable homeownership opportunities. Since 2003 she has acquired extensive experience developing and implementing work plans for non-profit organizations. She advocates for and empowers families from all walks of life in reaching the dream of homeownership. Her experience includes a certification as a homeownership counselor by the NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education & Counseling. In the past eight years she has been part of staff at Proud Ground, helping many families learn about the Community Land Trust model and assisting them to purchase homes that will be forever affordable.
Yesika currently serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Oregon and as an Ambassador CLT Homeowner for Grounded Solutions Network.
Ocean grew up in Hawaii and elsewhere around the US, but has called Beaverton home since 2015. He recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College. During this time, he has also been involved with Portland Tenants United, where he sat on their OAC (Outreach/Advocacy/Coalition building) board. Ocean was inspired to join the group because growing up he frequently saw the rent his family paid rise and at one point experienced homelessness as a result of the unaffordability of housing. These experiences allow him to have empathy and understanding of what many of our neighbors are struggling with in the Beaverton community.
Ocean currently works for the City of Portland in the Office of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, where he handles constituent relations.
Berenice has lived in the Metro region for 27 years. She has experience as a Latina and COBID certified (minority and woman owned) general contracting business owner and real estate professional for 19+ years. These experiences led her to become a founding member of Home Performance Contractors Guild of Oregon and the trade association, LatinoBuilt. She has years of experience providing leadership in this community and offering input and feedback on government programs at all levels.
She was motivated to join this group to provide pathways to prosperity for our community, particularly by promoting equity and creating economic opportunities and career paths for historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities, especially communities of color and women.
Sean McCaffrey currently works in the Protective Services division of Child Welfare for the Oregon Department of Human Services. Before moving to Beaverton with his husband, he worked for 22 years in corporate communications, development and political campaigns in more than a dozen states and Washington, DC. He previously served as Transportation Commissioner for the city of Chandler, Arizona; as a member of the Historic Preservation Commission for the city of Glendale, Arizona; and as a member of the Elections Administration and Certification Board for the State of Washington.
Ellen Ontario has lived in the Metro region for twelve years. Ellen is a peer advocate for survivors of domestic violence and seeks to facilitate community solutions for trauma survivors who struggle with housing stability.
She encourages a more equitable society for those with privileges and abilities and those without, including intersectional obstacles like disabilities and racial inequality. Ellen believes in public/private partnership developmental proposals, creative community solutions and that everyone should have a safe, affordable place to call home. She is excited to move into her own Habitat for Humanity home in Beaverton with her children in the Spring!
Ellen is the 2020 Recorder for the group and one of the most organized people you will ever meet!
Nancy has lived in Beaverton the past 2 years. She is originally from Texas and spent 20 years before coming to Oregon in and out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Her career was in the non-profit world and she retired from a job at Salt Lake Community Action, where she ran the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) program. Prior to working for Community Action she served in Kenya in the Peace Corps, teaching about HIV and AIDS. She also participated in AmeriCorps in Salt Lake City, focusing on homeless middle schoolers and refugees.
Today she lives in subsidized housing and knows what it is like to be older, single, on a fixed income, and struggling to find adequate housing. She hopes to make a difference for herself and others with housing issues by serving on this group.
Teresa first got involved with the City of Beaverton when she completed the BOLD (Beaverton Organizational Leadership & Development) program in 2018. Since then she has also completed the Beaverton Police Department Citizens Academy, mediation training, and is currently participating in Leadership Beaverton.
Teresa Payne is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Beaverton Diversity Advisory Board (DAB). The DAB recently finished the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan which was approved by Beaverton City Council in October of 2019, so Teresa is excited to bring her skills and knowledge that she honed through that process to housing work. Her motivation to participate on the HTAG also stems from volunteering with Beaverton Family Promise, a nonprofit that serves families experiencing homelessness.
Teresa is the 2020 Vice Chair for the group and one of the busiest people you will ever meet!
Bianetth Valdez is HomePlate Youth Services Outreach Coordinator. HomePlate is a nonprofit serving youth at risk of and experiencing homelessness in Washington County. Bianetth graduated from Portland State University with a Masters in Social Work. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin (Go Longhorns!). She has 8 years of social work experience under her belt, working predominantly with low-income, minority youth in school settings. She is passionate about social and racial justice, anti-oppressive work, and housing/homelessness and proud to do good work with under-served youth in Washington County.
Terry Wilson has been in the commercial real estate business for well over 25 years first starting as the Manager of Research Services for a national brokerage firm which included analyzing affordable housing projects and trends throughout the nation. Terry then stepped into the role of Asset and Acquisitions Manager for two different private firms representing high net worth individuals and institutional partners. Terry oversaw the operations, acquisitions, and development of properties throughout the west coast. Terry then switch full time to affordable housing asset management while working for a local Portland non-profit consulting company helping non-profits and government entities better understand the physical and financial operations of their assets and how to improve the over-site of their portfolios. Eventually terry switch to property management where he was Director of Affordable Housing for seven years with a local firm until he opened his own property management firm in 2017. Terry’s ultimate goal is to help preserve affordable housing in the Pacific Northwest and improve the financial viability of ownership.
Terry has graciously agreed to serve as Chair and facilitator of the group for the 2020 year. With his years of experience, he may not always know the answer, but he knows how to find the answer to all your housing related questions!