Rooted in

Trellis Co. (formerly Community Housing Development Corporation) provides stability for people and communities as a nonprofit developer and owner of affordable housing.

Our passion is to serve as a vehicle for organizations and communities seeking to create affordable housing. We bring the expertise needed to conceptualize, create, and execute beautiful, dignified housing that provides long-term stability for people earning lower incomes.

Our 50 properties, totaling 4,500 units of housing, are primarily located in the Twin Cities, with a few in Greater Minnesota. Nearly all Trellis properties are managed by our internal property management team, ensuring that properties are sustained as long-term community assets.

Trellis Management (formerly BDC Management) provides property management services for all Trellis Co. properties. Our management team understands the unique circumstances facing many of the residents we serve and works to ensure stable, sustainable housing can be achieved.

Trellis was founded in 1991 on the belief that long-term nonprofit ownership is the best way to sustain high quality affordable housing. Being a trusted partner is our core commitment. Together, we can cultivate the stability that people and communities need to flourish.

Trellis helps
communities grow.

Whether you’re a municipality, social service organization, or private developer embarking on an affordable housing development project is a major commitment.

We’re all about your vision.

We believe that the most effective way to provide affordable housing for community members is to work with the entities that know them well. From beginning to end, our goal as your partner is to advance your vision. We are with you at every step to support and advise you, but the vision is always yours.

We’re flexible.

Every project and partnership is unique. You may want Trellis Co. to own and manage a property long term, or you may only need help through the development process. Our goal is to help you reach your housing goals, bringing value where it’s needed.

We stick to what we do well.

We’re a bit unusual as a nonprofit developer in that we are financially self-sustaining, which allows us to focus exclusively on developing and owning housing. One reason our partnerships   so well is that we complement, never compete with, organizations that raise revenue through community fundraising.

We offer seamless property management.

A strong housing portfolio depends on strong and integrated property management. Trellis Management has a 30-year history of effective management of affordable housing. Trellis Management ensures that properties owned by Trellis Co. remain strong community assets for decades.

Trellis manages over 40 properties across Minnesota in Anoka, Apple Valley, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Golden Valley, Hibbing, Mahtomedi, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Vadnais Heights. View a list of our current properties.


We bring proven expertise.

Our team brings a combined 80 years of experience orchestrating the many complex elements involved in an affordable housing development project.

Housing Development Staff

Elizabeth Flannery, President
(612) 274-7815

Heidi Rathmann, Senior Vice President
(612) 274-7816

Dan Walsh, Vice President
(612) 274-7817

Chris Maida, Vice President, Asset Management
(612) 274-7818

Betsy Michels, Project Coordinator
(612) 274-7823

Property Management Leadership

Jennifer Jacox, CEO, Trellis Management
(612) 215-6819

Rudy Stanley, Controller
(612) 215-6822

Andrew Perry, Director of Property Management
(612) 215-6832

Allison Olson, Director of Compliance
(612) 215-6817

Maureen Wolfe, Hr Manager
(612) 215-6813

Laurie Andersen
Assistant Director of Property Management

Lisa Housewright

Senior Accounting Manager

Melissa Toth
Accounting Manager


Board of Directors

Bob Odman, President
Former Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Housing

Karen Reid, Vice President
Executive Director, Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA)

Eden Spencer, Secretary/Treasurer
Vice President, Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GMHC)

Elizabeth Flannery, Director
President, Trellis Co.

Melanie Majors, Director
Executive Director, Longfellow Community Council

Diana Lund, Director
Community Representative