Who Benefits from Crime Free Multi-Housing by 3e6gVny


									                                             Spokane’s Approach to
                                            Crime Free Multi-Housing
                                              Submitted by Maurece Vulcano, Spokane C.O.P.S.

                             The purpose of Crime Free Multi-Housing 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          1.   A comprehensive training program      property. To date, we have conducted
(CFMH) is for anyone that owns or                  for property owners/managers          numerous voluntary property inspections
manages multiple single-family homes          2.   CPTED (Crime Prevention Through       and approved properties as “Crime Free
or buildings with 2 or more units. The             Environmental Design) security        Multi-Housing” locations.
program offers:                                    requirements
                                                                                         What Are the Marketing Benefits?
   structured and common rules of            3.   2 meetings with residents
    compliance                                4.   Designation of a manager/resident
                                                                                         Participating owners/ managers also
   a communication network                        liaison to the nearest C.O.P.S. or
                                                                                         benefit from the favorable publicity
                                                   S.C.O.P.E. Substation
   a valuable marketing tool for                                                        generated by the program.
    property owners
                                              Who Benefits?
                                                                                         Property owners/managers may use the
We are encouraging all responsible                                                       Spokane Crime Free Multi-Housing
                                              Most owners/managers want to rent to
landlords who desire a crime-free                                                        program logo in all of their
                                              non-disruptive tenants. Further, renting
environment to take part in this program.                                                advertising, including the telephone
                                              to criminals can lead to dramatic
In addition, the CFMH program is                                                         directory, apartment guides and
                                              declines in property values, severe
designed to prevent tenants from abusing                                                 newspaper ads.
                                              property damage, drug raids, toxic
rental housing and disrupting
                                              contamination from drug labs and loss of
neighborhoods in Spokane.                                                                     This alerts potential applicants of
                                              rent during evictions and repairs and
                                                                                               the partnership between the police
                                              ultimately animosity between residents
The Spokane Crime Free Multi-Housing                                                           department and the apartment
                                              and owners/managers and the
program can be the vehicle for citizens                                                        community.
                                              community at large.
working toward an improved quality of                                                         It attracts honest renters, who want
life.                                                                                          to live in a “crime-free” area.
                                              In contrast, participating owners/
                                              managers reap numerous benefits                 Owners/managers sign an agreement
How Does the Program Work?
                                              from this program. Benefits may                  not to advertise that the property is,
                                              include:                                         in fact crime-free, only that they
Originally developed for the City of
                                                                                               have joined Spokane’s Crime-Free
Portland, Oregon in 1998, and later               A stabilized, more satisfied tenant         program.
adapted by the Mesa, Arizona Police                base, with increased demand for
Department, this program has a proven              rentals.                                   This removes the appearance of
track record. Personnel from Spokane                                                           false advertising should illegal
                                                  Improved property values, lower             activity occur on the premise.
C.O.P.S., Spokane Police Department,               maintenance and repair costs.
Spokane County Sheriff, Spokane Fire
Department, various city and public               Improved level of personal safety     Bottom Line…Protect Yourself
services, and active members of Crime              for both tenants and neighbors.       and Your Tenants
Free Multi-Housing have teamed up to              Peace of mind from spending less
tailor this innovative program for the             time on crisis control.               The Spokane program is one that has
citizens of Spokane and to assist in                                                     been carefully developed and reviewed
training.                                     Landlords tell us the course provided      by police, human services, community
                                              them with screening tips they hadn't       and legal advisors.
The program uses a 4-level approach to        heard before, or helped them deal
eliminate crime in single and multi-          successfully with tenants involved in      It is a program that will effectively deal
family communities, to reduce calls for       illegal activity.                          with illegal activity on rental property,
police service and to foster a clean,                                                    while providing the tenants with the best
healthier, more stable living                 Program evaluations indicate a high        protection against crime and violent
environment.                                  percentage of property managers who        criminals. It will require managers to
                                              attend the training program plan to make   spend time and money to benefit the
                                              changes in the way they manage their       citizens and the City of Spokane.
Call now to schedule for the next available training – 835-4572

                     Landlords & Managers…
                      come one…come all!
               Spokane C.O.P.S.
       Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

                          Thursday and Friday
                     March 22-23, 2007

                    8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

                        CLASSES INCLUDE:
     Applicant Screening               Discovering Clandestine
     Rental Agreements                  Drug Labs
     RCW Landlord/Tenant Laws          Working with Police
     Ongoing Management                Domestic / Intimate Partner
     Section 8 Program Youth            Violence
      Opportunities                     Apartment Watch
     Crisis Resolution (Eviction)      Human / Social Service
     Preparing the Property             Resources
      (CPTED)                           Seniors / Disabled Victimization
     Warning Signs of                  Mental Health Decompensation
      Drugs/Gangs                       Developmental Disabilities

An enrollment fee of $75.00 for the initial training session includes an
extensive CFMH Training Resource Manual and related support materials.
Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. All training sessions
are held at Monroe Court, 901 North Monroe, Suite 300, Spokane, WA.

     Call (509) 835-4572 to register.
       Monroe Court, 901 N. Monroe, Ste 320A, Spokane WA 99201
                 Email: mvulcano@spokanepolice.org

     Monroe Court, 901 North Monroe, Suite 320A, Spokane, WA 99201

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