Philomath Chats: Affordable Housing & Homelessness

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s work on housing and equity, and in recognition of January as Poverty in America Awareness Month, the City of Philomath invites everyone to join us for a discussion between local and regional experts, community leaders, and Philomath residents on difficult topics for all of Oregon’s communities. We will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and ideas that are applicable to Oregon’s smaller rural communities. Our invited guests include:

  • Karen Rockwell (Benton County Habitat for Humanity)
  • Julie Arena (Benton County H.O.P.E. Program Coordinator)
  • Shonn Leno (Grand Ronde Tribal Housing Director)
  • Sami Jo Difuntorum (Siletz Tribe's Executive Director of Housing)
  • Harriet Hughes (Local Affordable Housing Property Owner)

This event will be hosted on Zoom. More information about actively participating will be posted at a later date. It will also be live-streamed on the City's Facebook page at This is a public Facebook page and does not require a Facebook account to watch.