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Feeling Overwhelmed?

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON July 31st, 2020

At any given time, people can have trouble making ends meet and achieving their goals. The COVID-19 pandemic has truly magnified the problem for many. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, helpless, or even forgotten. There is help Trellis is non-profit dedicated to making stable homes and communities possible through educating, building and lending. What …

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Garrett Zucker

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON June 26th, 2020

Trellis has many wonderful programs that help people achieve their dreams of financial literacy and homeownership. It is the job of Garrett Zucker to make sure that people are aware of these programs. Garrett is the Marketing and Outreach Associate at Trellis and loves telling the Trellis story through social media and other marketing avenues. …

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Ramona Aceves

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON June 19th, 2020

Although Trellis has many departments, Ramona Aceves, has a hand in them all. As the Executive Admin. and H.R. Assistant, she provides support to the President & CEO, as well as all the various Trellis managers. Ramona keeps the Trellis employees up-to-date on all the important happenings within the company – from new information about …

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Trellis Helps Another New Homeowner

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON March 17th, 2020

Trellis assists another first-time home buyer.

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Trellis Helps Family Find a Home Through Section 32 and WISH Down Payment Assistance

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON February 25th, 2021

Jennifer and her partner were ready to purchase their first home. The couple and their two children lived in an apartment far from their extended family and wanted to buy a home in South Phoenix to be closer to them. They earned enough to afford a mortgage, but did not have a lot of cash reserves. Jennifer works for the City of Phoenix, so she knew …

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Trellis Congratulates Terry Benelli on Her Appointment to the Federal Reserve Board

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON February 24th, 2021

Please join us in congratulating LISC Phoenix Executive Director Terry Benelli on being appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Los Angeles Branch Board of Directors.   Terry, as well as everyone at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), has been a valued partner of Trellis and instrumental in enabling us to help provide the …

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Phoenix-area housing market booming as many pay far over selling price

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON February 22nd, 2021

According to a great article by Irene Snyder  and Justin Lum of Fox10 Phoenix, real estate experts say the housing market is booming in Phoenix despite the COVID-19 pandemic and for sellers, it’s a time to capitalize as offers get hotter. What is Causing the Price Increase? Arizona is booming with people moving in from …

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FHA Extends its Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoria

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON February 16th, 2021

The agency also expands temporary COVID-19 forbearance and servicing polices to provide additional homeowner relief. From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Recognizing the financial and other hardships many individuals and families are facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is expanding its relief efforts to assist homeowners …

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Open Position: Mortgage Loan Originator

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON February 11th, 2021

Job Title: Mortgage Loan OriginatorReports To: Operations ManagerFLSA Status: Non-Exempt – Hourly (plus commission)Approved Date: August 2012Revised Date: August 2016, 2nd rev. February 2021 JOB SUMMARY: Loan Originator will close and fund Trellis, 1st mortgage loans, 2nd mortgage loans, down-payment assistance programs, grants and broker compliant loans. Loan Originator will pre-qualify prospective homebuyers. The Loan …

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Open Position: Project Coordinator

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON February 11th, 2021

Job Title: Project Coordinator – REDReports To: Director of Real Estate DevelopmentFLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Full-Time hourly 40 hours weeklyApproved By: President & CEOApproved Date: July 29, 2020Revised Date: February 10, 2021 SUMMARYUnder the supervision of the Director of Real Estate Development, the Project Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the development and management of various …

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Governor Ducey Announces Rental Assistance Program

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON February 9th, 2021

The goal of this rental assistance program is to provide financial assistance and housing stability The following is the text of a news release from the Office of Governor Doug Ducey. Governor Doug Ducey today announced the Arizona Department of Economic Security will be launching a new Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide financial assistance …

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Last Year’s Mortgage Delinquencies Present a Challenge for 2021

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON January 25th, 2021

What is going on in the housing market and where to get help if you have mortgage delinquencies. In a great article on Mortgage News Daily , journalist Jann Swanson details how mortgage performance understandably deteriorated over the course of 2020. Black Knight, an award-winning tech company that delivers data and analytics for the mortgage …

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Workforce Housing Lets Middle-Income Earners Live Near Their Jobs

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON January 22nd, 2021

Trellis helps to bring workforce housing to Phoenix It has become increasingly difficult for middle-income workers to actually live in the areas in which they work. One key factor is the limited supply of housing affordable to these workers, especially here in Phoenix. This forces many middle-income workers move to the outer fringes of a …

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Meet Jazmin Vazquez

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON January 15th, 2021

Trellis’s newest case worker has already given hope to hundreds. In just a short time, Jazmin Vazquez, has already made a positive impression with Trellis clients. Jazmin started with Trellis in November of 2020 and has been extremely busy helping people whose lives and finances have been affected by COVID-19 apply for the Phoenix CARES …

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RFP: Text Translator

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON January 6th, 2021

RE: English to Spanish Text Translation  Description  Trellis is looking for an individual or service to translate English social media posts and other marketing materials into regional (Mexican) Spanish.   The start time for this is immediate.  Scope  This will be an ongoing relationship with a minimum of two social media posts and two blog pages per month. The social media posts will be an …

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This New Year, Let’s Make a New, More Finacially Literate You!

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON January 4th, 2021

Trellis financial literary courses help people better manage their money and more. With the arrival of the new year comes a whole wish list of things to accomplish. However, if you are managing your finances the same way you always have, then last year’s struggles will follow you into 2021. It’s time to break the …

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Meet Patricia Garcia Duarte – President & CEO of Trellis

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON December 11th, 2020

Nonprofit doesn’t mean not professional. The leader who keeps Trellis running like a top-performing company is Patricia Garcia Duarte. The Public Face of Trellis Patricia, who is the President and CEO of Trellis, joined the organization back in March of 2006. She is responsible for the management, operation and financial health of the organization. She …

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The Advantages of Trellis’s Home Buyer Class

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON December 8th, 2020

“I learned so much” – Jessica  The Good Reputation of Trellis  Jessica had already known about Trellis because the organization helped people close to her. A couple of years earlier, Jessica’s aunt worked with the counselors at Trellis. Together, they worked on a plan to help Jessica’s aunt avoid foreclosure. Then, recently, one of Jessica’s friends told Jessica about how much …

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Trellis Helps Single Mom Buy Her First Home

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON November 25th, 2020

“I love you guys!” Time could note fade the appreciation that Cynthia feels for Trellis and those who helped her.   Over a year and a half ago, Cynthia was a single mom, living in a rented apartment, looking to purchase her first home. She was trying to purchase a home in the South Phoenix Village (SPV) community. Her Realtor told her that …

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Trellis Has Down Payment Assistance to Help You Buy Your New Home

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON November 19th, 2020

We are continuously working to address systemic economic and racial inequities in housing, and then provide real, usable solutions Trellis has funds for down payment assistance (DPA). Qualified borrowers can get up to $7.500 to significantly reduce the amount of out-of-pocket money needed to purchase a home. Depending on the price of the home and …

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Trellis to Receive “Committed to Serve” Grants from Republic Services Charitable Foundation for Small Business Revitalization

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON November 17th, 2020

98 percent of funded projects will support minority-owned businesses disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic  PHOENIX, Nov. 13, 2020 – The Republic Services Charitable Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1 million to NeighborWorks America for revitalization projects benefiting small businesses that have suffered a downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an affiliate of NeighborWorks, Trellis will be receiving funds to help nine small businesses …

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U.S. Bank Partners With Trellis to Offer Down Payment Assistance

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON November 6th, 2020

This part of U.S. Bank’s Rebuild and Transform Fund will be used to address systemic economic and racial inequities in housing U.S. Bank has granted Trellis a large sum of money to be used as down payment assistance for Phoenix-area homebuyers. Who Qualifies for These Funds To qualify for the down payment assistance, borrowers must …

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Laura Moreno Santos – Case Worker Assistant

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON October 30th, 2020

Today is a sad day at Trellis as we say goodbye to Laura Moreno Santos. This is Laura’s last day as a temporary employee and Case Worker Assistant. As a temporary worker at Trellis, Laura helped process numerous applications for the Covid-19 Phoenix Cares Grant by helping gather client documents and approval letters. She was …

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Arizona Allocates $7M to Help Renters, Landlords During Pandemic

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON October 29th, 2020

As stated in an article by Kevin Stone on KTAR News, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has allocated $7 million from the state’s emergency fund to help renters and property owners struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The distribution includes $5 million to replenish the state’s Rental Property Owner Preservation Fund, which, according to a Wednesday …

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