William (Bill) Arce CHCI Alumnus February 2009
William (Bill) Arce
City of Jacksonville Housing and Neighborhoods Department
CHCI HOGAR Fellowship 2006
What have you been doing since you finished the CHCI program(s)?
I have been working with the City of Jacksonville implementing the foreclosure and anti-predatory lending campaign for Duval County. According to Forbes Magazine, Jacksonville, FL is becoming the foreclosure capital of the country. I assist managing the City of Jacksonville’s downpayment assistance program for low and moderate-income homebuyers.
What impact did your CHCI experience have on your career and development as a leader?
CHCI exposed me to a wide range of industry leaders, a network of Latinos and non-Latinos who share the passion of sustainable homeownership. I learned that to close the gap of homeownership between Latinos and others, we must do more than just sell houses. Trust, education and honest dealing will be the only way to help the Latino community reach the “American Dream.” We need the support of the entire industry to avoid another sub-prime fiasco.
How have you stayed engaged in community service?
As Congressman Baca had mentioned, lack of financial literacy is one of the causes of the foreclosure crisis among Latinos. Education has become my own personal crusade. That it is why I remain committed to RealEstateLatino.com (REL), an online bilingual community that I founded in 2004 with the purpose of educating Latinos. REL offers me a unique opportunity to engage with thousands of Latinos all across the nation, not just those from my hometown. I am able to help them avoid foreclosure, buy the right home or simply answer their questions honestly.
What advice would you give current and future CHCI participants?
Learn as much as you can, devote yourself to the program, it pays off. Meet as many people as you can and keep networking. Be humble and respect everybody. Make friends and have fun on whatever is that you end-up doing.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
Hopefully working in a more trusted real estate environment. I will continue to engage and educate Latinos and serve as an online resource center. I plan to help build a more stable and safe housing market for Latinos and others.
Past Alumni of the Month
Martha L. Bahamón - February 2015 Alumni of the Month
2013-14 CHCI Alumni Executive Board - January 2015 Alumni of the Month
Mariana Kihuen - December 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Henry Fernandez - November 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Ricardo Zavala - September 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Miryam Catherine Granthon-Gerdine - August 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Angelica Reza Wind - July 2014 Alumna of the Month
Ray Mateo - June 2014 Alumni of the Month
Hayde Calderon - May 2014 Alumni of the Month
Arnoldo Avalos - April 2014 Alumni of the Month
Elizabeth Cedillo - March 2014 Alumni of the Month
Marvin Figueroa - February 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Cris Garza - January 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Jaden Felix - December 2013 Alumni of the Month
2013 Distinguished Alumni - October/November 2013 Alumni of the Month
Fabiola Carrion - September 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Juan C. Otero- August 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Norma Dominguez - July 2013 Alumni of the Month
Francisco Heredia - June 2013 - Alumnus of the Month
Raymond Rico - May 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Alejandra Castillo - April 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Yara Lorenzo - March 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Antonio E. Sandoval & Milagros “Mimi” Aledo-Sandoval - Alumni Couple of the Month
Abel Herrero - January 2013
Jessie Mosqueda - December 2012
Kenia Seoane Lopez - CHCI Alumnus November 2012
Hon. Liza Rodriguez - 2012 Distinguished Alumnus & October 2012 Alumnus
Melissa Chabran - CHCI Alumnus June 2012
Jessie Ulibarri - CHCI Alumnus May 2012
Congressional Staff-CHCI Alumni April 2012
Anthony Alcoser-CHCI Alumnus March 2012
Diana Mendoza-CHCI Alumnus February 2012
Betsaida Alcantara-CHCI Alumnus December 2011
Orson Aguilar - CHCI 2011 Distinguished Alumnus & September 2011 Alumnus
Cynthia T. Cruz-CHCI Alumnus August 2011
Miguel Lopez - CHCI Alumnus July 2011
Alejandro Becerra - CHCI Alumnus June 2011
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Raul Magdaleno - CHCI Alumnus March 2011
Carlos Elizondo -- CHCI Alumnus December 2010
Ana M. Polanco -- CHCI Alumnus April 2010
Sami Hamed -- CHCI Alumnus March 2010
Couple Edition -- CHCI Alumnus February 2010
CHCI Alumni Association Chapters' Special Edition - October 2009
Edith Rocío Robles -- CHCI Alumnus August 2009
Silvia Inéz Salazar--CHCI Alumnus July 2009
Francisco J. Uribe CHCI Alumnus June 2009
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Mildred Otero CHCI Alumnus September 2008
Juan Ciscomani CHCI Alumus August 2008
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