Trellis News

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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First-Time Homebuyers Get Financial Help from Trellis and Partners

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON May 13th, 2021

Jonathan and Juli Anne had their hands full. Their growing family included their 2-year-old son, a baby on the way and two foster children – all living together in a 1-bedroom rental apartment. Family togetherness wasn’t just a catch phrase for this household! In exploring their options for more space, they found a house in the Section …

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Meet Maribell Valdez – Trellis Homeownership Advisor

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON May 13th, 2021

Maribell Valdez is a homeownership advisor and specialist in foreclosure intervention who joined Trellis back in October of 2012. For over seven years, she has been providing guidance to Trellis clients with regard to the journey to homeownership (https://www.trellisaz.org/education/). Maribell counsels and educates not only potential homeowners, but those in risk of foreclosure, about credit …

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Rainbow Donuts Offers a Wide Spectrum of Fabulous Flavors

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON April 26th, 2021

The world can seem fairly polarized these days. However, there is a place on the 1300 block of the McDowell Road “Miracle Mile” that uses a great unifying force – amazing food! Rainbow Donuts is a family-owned business that draws customers from diverse backgrounds. As I sat in a booth, I watched people arrive in …

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Arizona’s affordable housing crunch is worsening.

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON April 19th, 2021

This report offers potential solutions The following is a great article by the Real Estate Reporter for the Arizona Republic, Catherine Reagor. Ms. Reagor was a guest speaker at the Trellis 45th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser and, in an interview with the event host, Vanessa Ruiz, provided an in-depth look at the need for affordable housing …

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Our 2021 Sponsors

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON April 16th, 2021

The Trellis 45th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser was a huge success. Thanks to many generous sponsors, individual donors, and participation in our auction and raffle, the event generated over $100,000! These funds will enable Trellis to continue their mission of providing homebuyer and financial education, mortgage loans, and development of affordable housing to the under-served …

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Junior Processor and Real Estate Associate

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON April 2nd, 2021

Position Description   Job Title:                    Junior Processor and Real Estate Associate          Reports To:                Lending Operations and Real Estate FLSA Status:             Non-Exempt, hourly Approved By:            Chief Executive Officer Approved Date:         4/1/2021 Revised Date:             February 7, 2020   SUMMARY Under the direct supervision of Lending Operations, the Junior Processor and Real Estate Associate supports …

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Case Worker Assistant – Temporary

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON March 26th, 2021

Position Description Job Title: Case Worker Assistant (Temporary) Reports To: Director of HomeOwnership Center FLSA Status: NonExempt, hourly Approved By: Approved Date: July 22, 2020 Revised Date: March 16, 2021 Note: This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding. Grade: 1 SUMMARY The Case Worker Assistant provides high quality customer …

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New COVID-19 Financial Help For Rent & Utilities

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON March 25th, 2021

Trellis is once again providing assistance to those having trouble paying rent and utilities due to financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our partner Wildfire, residents of the city of Phoenix can obtain funds to help them through this ordeal. Landlords may request funds on their tenents’ behalf if permission is granted. Eligibility …

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Trellis Offers Online Financial Literacy Classes

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON March 19th, 2021

We are now offering virtual and interactive financial literacy classes! This unique financial coaching program is a live, instructor-led course focused on improving your financial behaviors and attitudes. Our HUD-certified instructors will address credit repair issues, counseling on your budget, debt repayment and buying a home. Making it easy for you to achieve your financial …

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New Mural on the Miracle Mile Honors Front Line Workers

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON March 10th, 2021

I had the pleasure of listening to RJ Price tell me the story behind a new mural in Phoenix. RJ is the Chief Marketing Officer for Downtown Phoenix Inc., an organization that works with business leaders from our membership organization, Phoenix Community Alliance, and a host of volunteer and community organizations to create a more walkable, interesting and vibrant community. RJ is key …

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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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