A New Plan for Affordable Housing
November 19th, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
Oregon Harbor of Hope (OHOH) was founded by Homer Williams, a Portland real estate developer and businessman. In 2016, Williams was inspired after a trip to San Antonio where he toured Haven for Hope, a privately funded campus that delivers a centralized, compassionate and multi-service approach to the many difficulties facing San Antonio’s homeless population.
Williams and business activist Don Mazziotti quickly assembled a team to create Oregon Harbor of Hope, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on developing special facilities featuring systems of care that meet the broad needs of the chronically homeless and unsheltered.
Homer Williams has been a leader in real estate development for more than 40 years, including the Pearl District and South Waterfront in Portland, as well as several projects in downtown Los Angeles, with a combined total of over $2.5 billion in property development.
Public/private partnerships are Homer’s specialty: South Waterfront Central District, for example, is a partnership between private investors, Oregon Health & Science University and the City of Portland, and is still the largest urban development in the State of Oregon’s history. Homer was born in Walla Walla, Wash., and raised in La Grande and Portland.