Spokane’s Approach to
Crime Free Multi-Housing
Submitted by Maurece Vulcano, Spokane C.O.P.S.
The purpose of our Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is to assist landlords
in developing effective partnerships in a neighborhood environment,
and fostering a safe, healthy, family-oriented place to live.
Our Crime Free Multi-Housing program How the Program Works declines in property values, severe
(CFMH) is for anyone that owns or property damage, drug raids, toxic
manages multiple single-family homes Originally developed for the City of contamination from drug labs and loss of
or buildings with 2 or more units. The Portland, Oregon in 1998, and later rent during evictions and repairs and
program offers: adapted by the Mesa, Arizona Police ultimately animosity between residents
Department, this program has a proven and owners/managers and the
structured and common rules of track record. Personnel from Spokane community at large.
compliance C.O.P.S., Spokane Police Department,
a communication network Spokane County Sheriff, Spokane Fire In contrast, participating owners/
Department, various city and public managers reap numerous benefits
a valuable marketing tool for services, and active members of Crime from this program. Benefits may
property owners Free Multi-Housing have teamed up to include:
tailor this innovative program for the
We are encouraging all responsible citizens of Spokane and to assist in A stabilized, more satisfied tenant
landlords who desire a crime-free training. base, with increased demand for
environment to take part in this program. rentals.
In addition, the CFMH program is Improved property values, lower
designed to prevent tenants from abusing This program calls on managers to maintenance and repair costs.
rental housing and disrupting make creative steps toward providing
neighborhoods in Spokane. Improved level of personal safety
a clean and safe environment for
for both tenants and neighbors.
citizens of Spokane.
Our purpose in training landlords and Peace of mind from spending less
tenants is to help you develop more time on crisis control.
effective partners in our effort to keep The program uses a 4-level approach to
our neighborhoods safe – free from eliminate crime in single and multi- Landlords tell us the course provided
chronic drug dealing and illegal activity. family communities, to reduce calls for them with screening tips they hadn't
police service and to foster a clean, heard before, or helped them deal
healthier, more stable living successfully with tenants involved in
Landlords want to provide a clean, environment. illegal activity.
safe place to live. Most tenants want 1. A comprehensive training program
to be good neighbors and citizens. for property owners/managers
The premise of this program can
2. CPTED (Crime Prevention Through
bring about a better partnership
Environmental Design) security
between local government and requirements for participating
community, and ultimately produce properties
safer, more stable neighborhoods.
3. Meetings with residents (minimum
of 2 meetings per year)
Drug abuse, antisocial behavior,
defacing and destruction of property, 4. Designation of a manager/resident
theft and acts of violence are all liaison to the nearest C.O.P.S. or Program evaluations indicate a high
symptoms of non-functional, S.C.O.P.E. Substation percentage of property managers who
deteriorating neighborhoods. attend the training program plan to make
Who Benefits from Crime Free changes in the way they manage their
The Spokane Crime Free Multi-Housing Multi-Housing? property. To date, we have conducted
program can be the vehicle for citizens numerous voluntary property inspections
working toward an improved quality of Most owners/managers want to rent to and approved properties as “Crime Free
life. non-disruptive tenants. Further, renting Multi-Housing” locations.
to criminals can lead to dramatic
Marketing Benefits This alerts potential applicants of Bottom Line…Protect Yourself
the partnership between the police and Your Tenants
Participating owners/ managers also department and the apartment
benefit from the favorable publicity community. The Spokane program is one that has
generated by the program. been carefully developed and reviewed
It attracts honest renters, who want by police, human services, community
The Spokane County Chamber of to live in a “crime-free” area. and legal advisors.
Commerce, City Hall, C.O.P.S. Owners/managers sign an agreement
Substations and the Spokane Police not to advertise that the property is, It is a program that will effectively deal
Department makes available a list of in fact crime-free, only that they with illegal activity on rental property,
participating members, which is have joined Spokane’s Crime-Free while providing the tenants with the best
available to prospective tenants upon program. protection against crime and violent
request. criminals. It will require managers to
Here are some of our current members: This removes the appearance of spend time and money to benefit the
false advertising should illegal citizens and the City of Spokane.
Armstrong Apartments activity occur on the premise.
Beringer Place Call now to schedule for the next available training – 835-4572
Catherine Johnson Apartments
Cedar West Landlords & Managers…
Collins Apartments come one…come all!
Country Heights Apartments
Courtview Apartments Spokane C.O.P.S.
El Estero Apartments Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
Heritage Heights KEEPING ILLEGAL ACTIVITY OUT OF RENTAL PROPERTY!
Manito Garden Apartments
Mt. Vernon Terrace Apartments
Northwood Terrace 16-Hour Management Training Seminars:
Opportunity Manor Apartments
Pine Villa Apartments August 15-16
Rosewood Apartments November 3-4
Salem Arms II 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Summit View Apartments
Westfall Village CLASSES INCLUDE:
Winchester Court Apartments #1 Applicant Screening Discovering Clandestine
Winchester Court Apartments #2 Rental Agreements Drug Lab
Winchester Court Apartments #3 RCW Landlord/Tenant Laws Working with Police
Woodhaven Ongoing Management Domestic / Intimate Partner
Section 8 Program Youth Violence
Opportunities Apartment Watch
Fully approved properties are Crisis Resolution (Eviction) Human / Social Service
authorized to post “Crime Free” Preparing the Property Resources
signs and plaque, and use the (CPTED) Seniors / Disabled Victimization
program logo in advertising. Warning Signs of Mental Health Decompensation
This program is a proven, effective Drugs/Gangs Developmental Disabilities
Community Policing tool.
An enrollment fee of $75.00 for the initial training session includes an
extensive CFMH Training Resource Manual and related support materials.
Property owners/managers may use the
Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. All training sessions
Spokane Crime Free Multi-Housing
are held at Monroe Court, 901 North Monroe, Suite 300, Spokane, WA.
program logo in all of their
advertising, including the telephone
directory, apartment guides and
Call (509) 835-4572 to register.
Monroe Court, 901 North Monroe, Suite 320A, Spokane, WA 99201