Introducing New Lending Products and Staff
MURRAY, UT – On February 20, 2019, NeighborWorks Salt Lake is inviting the public to drop into their Murray Office located at 4843 S Poplar Street and learn about the nonprofit community development organization’s impact and offerings. With low-interest and flexible home improvement loans and grants, down payment assistance forgivable loans, homebuyer education courses, and an annual Paint Your Heart Out event, there will be something of interest for all.
NeighborWorks Salt Lake, headquartered in the Fairpark neighborhood of Salt Lake City, was invited to expand into Murray City in 2009 to address the issue of debilitated residential properties and to preserve affordable housing. Ten years later, as the housing market has rebounded and boomed, NeighborWorks Salt Lake’s home improvement lending products are in renewed demand as homeowners find themselves locked into place by climbing interest rates.
As NeighborWorks Salt Lake’s Murray Office celebrates ten years, it does so with a new manager. Allison Trease joined the NeighborWorks Salt Lake staff in September, inheriting the duties of overseeing the Homeownership Promotion Services department and the Affordable Housing Mission Investment Fund. Prior to NeighborWorks Salt Lake, Allison worked for Ally Bank in the Commercial Loan Department and for Ford Motor Credit Company. A native of Taylorsville, Allison is passionate about helping individuals and families achieve homeownership.
At the Open House, all are encouraged to stop by and learn more about the impact NeighborWorks Salt Lake has made in Murray over the past decade. This includes the investment of $2.4 million into renovations and rehabilitations of homeownership units and nine homes painted by volunteers during Paint Your Heart Out, free of charge to the homeowner. The doors to the office will be open from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 4:30-6:30 PM, with free food, interactive games, and prizes. Don’t miss it!
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As the Westside Leadership Institute (WLI) celebrates 15 years of success building leadership skills among residents on Salt Lake City’s westside, the institute seeks to increase its wrap-around services by expanding into a yearlong leadership development clinic. The new design will better guide and support leaders and their fledgling projects as they launch, grow, and thrive.
The original 12-week course, a collaboration between NeighborWorks Salt Lake and University Neighborhood Partners since 2004, cultivates leadership abilities so graduates have the knowledge, skills, and resources to work on community projects or issues affecting Salt Lake City’s Westside. The course is geared toward individuals and groups who have community-based projects that they want to materialize with expert advice and guidance while earning 3 University of Utah CE credit hours. Graduates become eligible for $1,000 grants.
Notable projects developed during the Westside Leadership Institute include:
As of January 2019, two concurrent classes of the Westside Leadership Institute’s flagship 12-week leadership course will be offered in English and in Spanish during the spring semester, followed by a series of summer workshops, and a brand new “Westside Leadership Institute 2.0” course during the fall semester.
The summer workshops will provide continuing education for students on how to organize, manage, and sustain their projects, while the WLI 2.0 course offering will aid WLI graduate groups in strategic planning, organization, resource development, scale, and measuring impact.
This new structure combined with additional education and support increases the sustainability of projects borne from the course. Students will become a cohort of community leaders on the same trajectory and in sync with the annual cycle of outreach and grant seeking, guided and supported by experts.
Registration is currently open for the spring semester in both English and Spanish. English-speaking classes are on Tuesday evenings from 6:00PM-9:00PM, beginning on January 22, 2019 at NeighborWorks Salt Lake's Community Center and Spanish-speaking classes are on Friday mornings from 9:00AM-12:00PM beginning on January 25, 2019 at Glendale Community Learning Center. The course cost is $50, due on the first day of class. Interested individuals and groups can register online at www.nwsaltlake.org/wli.