Fair Housing Helps Elevate Voices and Homeownership
Join the PMAR Realtor® Advocacy Committee (RAC), and get CE, for a discussion on fair housing and how you can help elevate voices in the community with local organizations like Hacienda CDC, a Latino Community Development Corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities. The Fair Housing Council of Oregon will also participate and discuss how you can support fair housing laws and work to create open and inclusive neighborhoods, and ways to help communities thrive and be more resilient in the face of crisis while also responding to the call for racial justice. Learn how you can connect clients and members of the community with programs and organizations that promote homeownership, while at the same time learning how you can better listen and better understand the hurdles some face to obtain homeownership and concrete call-to-actions you can take to help promote fair housing and homeownership for all. Sign up today!
1.0 hour of continuing education credit offered for attending
About our speakers:
Allan Lazo, Executive Director Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Allan Lazo is the Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, an organization with the mission to end housing discrimination in Oregon through access to education, advocacy, and enforcement. He has been a long-time community advocate for civil rights and social justice, especially in the areas of housing, homelessness, and racial equity. Allan currently serves on the City of Portland Housing Bureau’s Affordable Housing Bond Oversight Committee and the state of Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Housing Rulemaking Advisory Committee. He is a long-time resident of Portland.
Ernesto Fonseca, CEO Hacienda CDC
Ernesto Fonseca joined Hacienda as CEO in April 2017, bringing his passion for community development and a belief in the power of connecting families to opportunity. Ernesto’s own story reflects the potential that can be unleashed by investing in all our community members. Raised in a poor but loving family in central Mexico, Ernesto watched his parents take advantage of educational opportunities and their own initiative to build careers in construction and nursing. They passed on their values of hard work and education to their children, and Ernesto embraced those values to gain a foothold in this country by initially working in kitchens and restaurants as he pursued his educational goals, culminating with a Ph.D from Arizona State University in Environmental Design and Planning. During his time in Phoenix, he spearheaded initiatives to assess the health impacts of community development including gentrification, access to public transportation, and affordable housing, and helped to create the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes & the Family.
Ernesto believes it is Hacienda’s job to help all families access the critical ingredients they need to achieve their goals: a stable, affordable home, a healthy family life that allows youth to learn and grow, opportunities for economic success, and access to affordable health care and healthy neighborhoods. He believes in the power of social enterprise to bring increased investment into breaking the cycle of poverty. He joined Hacienda because he shares the same values and experiences with this community, and is eager to empower families to flourish like his own has. He hopes you will join in building an Oregon where all Oregonians can reach their full potential.