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RAPSU Presents: Portland’s Affordable Housing Crisis and How It Will Impact Seniors
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 1:00pm to Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 2:00pm

Susan Emmons, Executive Director of Northwest Pilot Project The Silver Tsunami

Portland has a severe shortage of housing affordable to low-income families and individuals. Northwest Pilot Project has been providing housing and transportation services to seniors in the heart of the city for 44 years. More than 10,000 baby boomers reach the age of 65 every day until at least the year 2030. The average baby boomer retires with a net worth of $50,000. 35% of Americans who are currently 65 and older rely entirely on Social Security payments for their income. Northwest Pilot Project has been charting the rising tide of baby boomers who will need affordable housing, and documenting how ill prepared we are as a community for this Silver Tsunami. The talk will describe Portland’s current shortage of affordable housing, how we got here, and what the solutions are for addressing this crisis.

Susan Emmons has served as the Executive Director at Northwest Pilot Project for 27 years. Northwest Pilot Project is a social service agency located in downtown Portland that provides services to elderly, disabled, homeless and poor people.

Susan chaired the Housing and Community Development Commission for Portland and Multnomah County from 1992-1995. In 1993, she was honored by the Oregon State Housing Council with their 1993 “Excellence in Housing Award.” In 1990, Susan represented Northwest Pilot Project when it received national recognition at a White House ceremony for its innovative Aging Services Program.

Susan has emerged as one of the leading advocates for affordable housing in our community, and has received numerous awards including the Gretchen Miller Kafoury Award for Outstanding Community Development and the Ross Dey Lifetime Achievement award from Metro Multifamily Housing Council.

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, Cascade Room 236.

When: Thursday, May 2, 2013, 1:00-2:00pm.