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ABODE THE HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION MAGAZINE
ADVOCACY • MAINTENANCE APPRECIATION AND BUSINESS EXCHANGE PHOTOS
Houston Apartment Association 4810 Westway Park Blvd. Houston, Texas 77041
Support the candidates who support the apartment industry and its suppliers by voting and advocating on the local and state level. Strengthen your voice by joining us.
Saturday, Oct ober 15 See Page 18
ABODE • OCTOBER 2022 • VOLUME 45, ISSUE 10 www.haaonline.org
LOCAL VOTE FOR THE MULTIFAMILY INDUSTRY
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CONTENTS October 2022
ON THE COVER
FEATURES & PHOTOS
16 On the Scene – Photos from the HAA PAC Luncheon.
Vote Local – Support the candidates who support the apartment industry and its suppliers by voting and advocating on the local and state level. Strengthen your voice by joining the HAA Political Action Committee. Also in this issue, don’t miss photos from the Business Exchange, Maintenance Appreciation Night, NEXT White Linen Night and much more! Cover image by Baris-Ozer, iStock by Getty Images.
28 On the Road – Photos from the Woodlands Region meeting. 30 On the Scene – Photos from the Take 5 Business Exchange. 36 The Advocate – HAA CEO Casey Morgan discusses the importance of public policy and political engagement for the apartment industry. 40 Thanks HAA PAC Members – Here is a list of supporters of the HAA PAC. 42 HAA Judicial Advocacy – Learn about HAA’s advocacy efforts. 44 The HAA PAC – An overview of how the HAA PAC protects the apartment industry. 46 HAA PAC Endorsements – The HAA PAC supports these candidates in the November election. 48 The Candidate – Meet the HAA PAC endorsed candidate for Harris County Judge Alexandra del Moral Mealer. 52 On Site with ABODE – Take a closer look at two more HAA Honors Award winning properties. 54 On the Scene – Photos from the Maintenance Appreciation Night. 60 On the Scene – Photos from the NEXT White Linen Night. 72 There is a Place for You – A Product Service Council member discusses HAA Community Outreach.
COLUMNS & MONTHLY UPDATES 7 President’s Corner – Focusing on advocacy. 8 Patron of the Month – Meet and support FSI Construction Inc. 9 Legislative Update – The November election is a very important election for the apartment industry. 11 It’s The Law – So, what will eviction look like? 14 Resident Relations – A resident disputes charges after managment misses the 30-day time frame. 20 Calendar – HAA’s schedule of events for the coming months. 26 NAA Update – HUD news. 62 Welcome Mat – Find out about the newest HAA members. 64 Go-Getters – Ignite your membership! 66 The Ambassador ONE Society – The Ambassadors make connections. 70 Portfolio Changes – Property updates from our members. 78 Index of Advertisers – See the supplier members who support this publication. 79 MarketLine – The latest area market numbers. 80 BackPage – News from around the community.
74 HAA Staff Contacts – The HAA staff is here for you. 76 On the Scene – Photos from the Community Career Night.
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OFFICERS AND ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP PRODUCT SERVICE COUNCIL OFFICERS STEPHANIE GRAVES President-Elect
LOYAL PROFFITT Vice President at Large – East
DEREK DEVRIES, CAS President Camp Construction Services
SHELLEY WATSON Vice President at Large – West
CANDIS MOHR, CAS Vice President, AAA Plumbers
QUINTINA WILLIS Vice President at Large – North
JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ, CAS Secretary, The Urban Foresters
HOWARD BOOKSTAFF General Counsel
TRACIE YODER Vice President at Large – South
DEBORAH DEROUEN, CAS Treasurer, PooPrints
CASEY WATTS MORGAN CEO
JOHN BORIACK Immediate Past President
DAVID LINDLEY, CAS Immediate Past President, FSI Construction
CHRISTY RODRIGUEZ President
GINA ERWIN Secretary/Treasurer
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Christy Rodriguez, CAPS President John Boriack Immediate Past President Mack Armstrong Julie Batche Jeff Blevins, CAS Jill Bounds, CAM Michelle Bridges, CAS Kyle Brown Joseph Bryson, CAM, IROP Tina Cavaco Terri Clifton Michelle Croasmun Deborah DeRouen, CAS Derek DeVries, CAS Scott Douglas, CAM, CAPS Gina Erwin Tamara Foster Israel Garza, CAS Diane Gilbert Monica Gracia Stephanie Graves, CAM, CAPS Clark Gregg, CASe, CAPSe Manu Gupta Bryan Head, CAM Melissa Herrera Deborah Holcombe Crystal Jackson, CAM, CAPS Tyler Johnson Debbie Kelm Jacob Kunath, CAS Barby Lake Laura Lestus, CAS David Lindley, CAS Sonia Lopez, CAM, CAPS Betsy Marshall, CAM, CAPS Kristin McLaughlin, CASe Candis Mohr, CAS Carlos Neto Dean O’Kelley, CAS Jenifer Paneral Mark Park, CAS Angelee Kumar Parikh Velissa Parmer Michelle Pawelek Loyal Proffitt Kelly Scott Kurt Seidel Corri Smith Penny Sprang Kelley Suess Debbie Sulzer Ryan Terrell
Starla Turnbo Richard Wall, CAM, CAPS Shelley Watson Quintina Willis, CAM Tracie Yoder, CAPS DIRECTORS EMERITUS Josh Allen Ken Bohan Gary Blumberg Kathy Clem Jack Dinerstein Jenard Gross Darlene Guidry Alison Hall David Hargrove Larry Hill Stacy Hunt Hap Hunnicutt David Jones Mel Kieke Mike Koch Dick LaMarche Cesar Lima Tim Myers P David Onanian Jackie Rhone John Ridgway Kim Small Eileen Subinsky Steve Sweet Kirk Tate Suan Tinsley H J Tollett, Jr. Pat Tollett Vic Vacek, Jr. Beth Van Winkle Jerry Winograd ADVISORY DIRECTORS Melissa Friend Billy Griffin, CAS Amanda Kelly, CAS Stacy Lastovica, CAM, CAPS Mary Lawler Katy Myrick Bruce McClenny Bill Nye Ruha Vohra, NALP, CAM Tony Whitaker GENERAL COUNSEL EMERITUS Joe Bax
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS Claude Arnold Kenn Brown Tina Cavaco Terri Clifton Kevin Fenn Diane Gilbert Anita Harrison Dwayne Henson Mike Koch Merry Mount Monette Reynolds Sherry Stevenson Kirk Tate Suan Tinsley Sonny Unverzagt Del Walmsley Nancé Wells H.P. Paul Young Jeanne Marie Zublin Dicks PATRON MEMBERS 1961 CSC ServiceWorks 1968 Century A/C Supply 1978 Houston Planned Energy Systems 1982 Cotton Commercial USA Inc. 1984 AAA Plumbers 1985 Gemstar Construction Development 1986 Craven Carpet 1987 Dixie Carpet Installations 1993 Hire Priority Staffing & Executive Search 1994 Camp Construction Services 1997 Apartments.com 1999 FSI Construction Inc.
PRODUCT SERVICE COUNCIL MEMBERS Giovanna Gone, CAS, VICE PRESIDENTS Century A/C Supply AT LARGE Dan James, CAS, Karen Nelsen, CAS Redevelopment ALN Apartment Services Data Amanda Kelly, CAS, Blaise Spitaleri, CAS, Brandt Electrical A/C Gemstar & Heating Services Construction Debra Knight, CAS, Development Comm-Fit Stephanie Krop, Susan Alvarado, CAS CASe, Poolsure Century A/C Supply Liz Levins, CAS, Chris Bell, CAS, Gemstar Roadrunner Restoration Construction Marivel Bownds, Development CAS, Valet Living Jim Martensen, CAS Tammy Broadway, CAS Camp Construction American Fire Systems Services Shaun Callaway, CAS, Tracey Moore, CAS, Earthworks Flooring Warehouse Brandon Coleman, CAS Matthew Nunn, CAS, Cinema Anywhere Capital Construction Neal Conant, CAS, Nikki Sekunda, CAS, Gemstar The Liberty Group Construction Mat Tilley, CAS, Development WeDoTrash Sean Cunningham, Amber Whitaker, CAS CAS, Flooring FSI Construction Warehouse Marcelino “Tito" Estrada, CAS One Source Realty Advisors
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OCTOBER 2022 I VOLUME 45, ISSUE 10 Chief Executive Officer and Publisher CASEY WATTS MORGAN, MPP firstname.lastname@example.org EDITORIAL AND DESIGN STAFF Director of Publications and Design DEBORAH NIX email@example.com Communications Manager MADISON O’BAR firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING Vice President of Membership and Marketing AMANDA SHERBONDY, CAE email@example.com CONTRIBUTING STAFF Chief Operating Officer SUSAN HINKLEY, CAE firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President of Government Affairs BRADLEY PEPPER email@example.com Chief Financial Officer TREY WIMBERLY, CPA firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President of Education and Outreach LAUREN TURNER, CAE, CMP email@example.com Director of Resident Relations MATILDE LUNA firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Events and Meetings LAUREN RAGIN, CMP email@example.com Director of Rental Credit Reporting TINA DEFIORE firstname.lastname@example.org Government Affairs Manager MADISON POLSTON email@example.com Membership and Marketing Manager KAYLON NEWCOMB firstname.lastname@example.org Education & Outreach Manager CINDY DE LA RIVA email@example.com Director of IT WILL ALFARO firstname.lastname@example.org PRINTER TGI PRINTED www.tgiprinted.com
HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION COMMITTEES COMMITTEE CHAIR STAFF ADVISOR Executive Christy Rodriguez Casey Morgan Nominating John Boriack Casey Morgan Fair Housing Mack Armstrong Casey Morgan Ethics Michelle Pawelek Casey Morgan Finance Gary Blumberg Casey Morgan ByLaws Kyle Brown Casey Morgan Past Presidents Council Kathy Clem Casey Morgan Multifamily Fire Safety Alliance Elizabeth Castro-Gray Bradley Pepper Legislative Stephanie Graves Bradley Pepper Political Action Stacy Hunt Bradley Pepper Golf Starla Turnbo Madison Polston Century Club Deborah DeRouen Madison Polston Strategic Outreach Gina Erwin Lauren Turner Education Advisory Council Betsy Marshall Lauren Turner Career & Community Development Penny Sprang Lauren Turner Leadership Development Alison Hall Susan Hinkley Community Outreach Jackie Aguirre Susan Hinkley Product Service Council Derek DeVries Susan Hinkley Expo Exhibitor Candis Mohr Amanda Sherbondy Membership Richard Wall Amanda Sherbondy Ryan Weis Ambassador ONE Society Liz Levins Amanda Sherbondy Blaise Spitaleri Independent Owners Connection Ramon Nunez Amanda Sherbondy Resident Relations A Diane Totten Matti Luna Resident Relations B Jana Gragg Matti Luna Resident Relations Appeals Darlene Guidry Matti Luna HAF Fundraiser Brandon Coleman Lauren Ragin Stephanie Krop NEXT Ruha Vohra Lauren Ragin Amanda Kelly Property Awards Norma Alvear Tina DeFiore Diane Gilbert
HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION MISSION AND VISION: HAA is the leading advocate, resource and community partner for quality rental housing providers in the Houston and surrounding area. HAA develops leadership in the multifamily industry by engaging broadly diverse membership, embracing effective technology and advocating for a geographically inclusive association. ABODE IS THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION serving the multihousing industry in Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Waller and Wharton counties. ABODE, OCTOBER 2022, VOLUME 45, ISSUE 10 ABODE (USPS 024-962) is published monthly by the Houston Multi Housing Corporation. Publishing, editorial and advertising offices are located at 4810 Westway Park Blvd., Houston, Texas 77041. Telephone 713-595-0300. The $50 annual ABODE subscription rate is included in all member dues and additional subscriptions are available. The annual subscription rate is $50 for members, $65 for non-members. Advertising rates are available upon request. Contributed material does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Houston Apartment Association. Copyright © 2022 by HAA. Periodicals Postage Paid at Houston, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ABODE, 4810 Westway Park Blvd., Houston, Texas 77041.
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SPONSOR MEMBERS These companies have generously supported the Houston Apartment Association with their sponsor membership. Please give them careful consideration, whenever possible, in your business. 3BeeGuys Bee Removal A Affordable Services Co AAA Staffing Ltd AAdvantage Laundry Systems ACM Contractors of Texas ACT Security Group Action Window Coverings Inc ACTIV Answer by Audio Images Adobe Floors Inc Adventure Playground Systems Inc Alexander-Rose Associates Inc All About Doody Pet Solutions LLC All American Mailboxes of Houston Inc All Dry Service ALN Apartment Data Ambassador Services LLC America Outdoor Furniture American Fire Systems Inc American Platinum Builders AmRent Andrews Myers PC Apartment Lines ApartmentData.com AppFolio Arbor Contract Carpet Inc ASAP Personnel Inc ASAP Steamers Carpet Cleaning Atlantis Exterior Cleaning Atom4 Security Camera AZP Multifamily The J.P. Barnes Law Firm PLLC Belfor Property Restoration Bell’s Laundries Benefits 4 Rent Bentley, Bratcher & Associates - PC Bettencourt Tax Advisors LLC BGE Inc/aka Brown & Gay Engineers Inc Bio-One Houston South BioTechs Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaning Black Tie Logistics Blue Marlin Maintenance & Services BluSky Restoration Contractors Brady Chapman Holland & Assoc Brandt Adjusting Service LLC Chance Brandt Public Adjuster BrightView Landscape LLC BSI Cano Electric Inc Cantrell McCulloch Inc Capital Disaster Solutions CashFlow Pros LLC Centex Construction Century Fire Protection Houston CFI Group Chadwell Supply Citi Fence & Concrete City Pups City Wide Building Services Classic Same Day Blinds Commercial Fire Protection Construction ECO Services Contractors Inc ControlByNet Cloud and Managed Video Surveillance Solutions Core 24/7 Restoration & Construction CORT Furniture The Crawfish Men Catering CRE Business Solutions LLC Creative Blinds
Crowned Eagle Construction CSC Serviceworks Cypress Landscaping & Irrigation Inc D&G Quality Roofing Inc DeNyse Companies Designs by Holmes DHI Commercial Roofing Diamond Services LLC DNM Contracting Inc DoodyCalls Dryer Vent Wizard of Humble Ecolo Environmental Inc Embark Services Emersyn Electrical Services LLC EnviroSmart Multifamily Pest Solutions Epic Air Conditioning EPICHTX Construction ESI Fire & Security Inc Ezlo Innovation Fantastic Floors FASTSIGNS Missouri City Featherston Sign Partners FFH Inc DBA Liberty Builders Fiat Construction LLC Fidus Construction Services Finish Factory Inc Fire and Life Safety America Fire Reconstruction Inc Firetrol Protection Systems Flavor Finish Resurfacing Front Row Signs Frontier Waste Solutions fun abounds Furniture Refinishing Services Gambit Construction Gateman Inc Gemaire Gifford Roofing Giordano Construction Inc Go-Staff Inc Grace Landscaping Graphic Stylus Promotional Products Great American Business Products Green City Security LLC Green Garbology Greenlogic Lighting & Electric Guardian Gutters Halo Doors Inc Hamilton-Steele Outdoor Accents HARCO Insurance Services Hard Works Valet Trash & Recycling Higginbotham Hive Technology Hoover Slovacek LLP HQ Contracting Hut Services LLC Industrial Disposal Supply Infinity Power Partners Infinity Roofing & Restoration Inner Loop Construction LLC Insgroup J and B Carpet Services JAK Environmental LLC Johnstone Supply Jonah Digital Agency Kathy Andrews Interiors Keylo Painting & Construction KONE L.A. Public Adjusters LandscapesUSA Law Office of Ernie Garcia PLLC
Leah McVeigh Design and Consulting LeasePal Inc Ledge Lounger Lee & Barrier Builders LLC The Liberty Group Liftmaster Lights Out Production Company Lincoln Jacob Construction Lithotech Printed Products/ Forms Center Lopez Carpet Care & Painting LP Building Solutions: LouisianaPacific Corporation LSR Multifamily LVL Up Remodeling Maldonado Nursery & Landscaping Inc Masonry Solutions Inc Matrix Construction Services McMahan's Flooring Inc Men In Kilts MGL Rehab Construction Milwaukee Tool Modern Pest Control Monge Contracting Group MPS Direct Mueller Water Conditioning Inc MX2 Commercial Paving Nationwide Compliant NEI General Contracting Nelson Painting and Construction NGC Renovation LLC Norman Roofing and Construction Northwest Construction Group O’Conor Mason & Bone PC Oasis Eco Services On Duty Tree and Landscape On Site Towing LLC Orkin Pest Control Outdoor Elements Pace Mechanical Services LLC Package Concierge Parking Management Company/ PMC Towing Paul Davis Greater Houston PCS Creative Surface LLC Perma Pier Foundation Repair The Phoenix Staffing Pool Knights Precision Safe Sidewalks LLC PROCO Commercial Roofing Professional Resurface LLC Property Guardians Pura Flo Corporation PuroClean Qira Inc Quatro Tax LLC Qwikkit RAM Construction Ram Jack Foundation Solutions Redevelopment Services Reliable Roofing of Texas Inc Reliant RENCON Rent. Residential Waste Service LLC Restoration 1 of Central Houston REVS (Refuel Electric Vehicle Solutions) RezClean Houston RLB Construction Ltd dba RoofTec Roadrunner Restoration Company LLC Roosevelt General Contracting
Roto-Rooter Services Co SafeRent Solutions Saifee Signs & Graphics Saint Clair & Sons Inc Sayan Renovations and Construction Scoop Troop HTX SEAL Security Solutions LLC Secure Insurance Select Appliance Wholesale LLC Sign-Ups & Banners Signal 88 Security Skyline Highrise Services Snappt SOS-ASAP Softwashing South Central Electric LLC Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement – Pfister Faucets and Kwikset Lock Steward Trash Valet Service Stormwater Professionals Group Strata Roofing and Construction LLC Strategic Electrical Solutions Structural Concrete Systems LLC Sunny Pressure Washing LLC Swain & Baldwin Insurance & Risk Management Swift Bunny Texas Apartment Pool Services Texas Concrete Professional Company Texas Engineered Roofing & General Contracting Texas GroundWorks Management Texas Landscape Group LLC Texas Southwest Floors Inc Texas Waste Management Solutions LLC Texas Window Cleaning Co Inc Three Amigos Texas LLC Threshold Agency LLC Tidal Renovations LLC Tile Center Tpo Pros Roofing & Restoration Trash Roundup LLC Two Brothers Foundation Repair United Protective Services Urban Value Corner Store USA Heroes Coalition D/b/a USA Real Estate Professionals (USAREP) USA Patrol Division USMEX Advisors/The Collective Real Estate Group Valet Living VBM Waste LLC VERO Leasing Vima Decor Warrior Patrol Services LLC Watermark Restoration and Construction Wayfinder Tax Relief LLC Webb Pest Control Whitmans Contracting and Roofing Wilson Fire Equipment Wilsonart LLC World Cinema Inc
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Letter from the President
By CHRISTY RODRIGUEZ, 2022 HAA President
IF I COULD ADD ANOTHER “A’ TO THE “HAA” ACRONYM, IT WOULD STAND FOR “ADVOCACY.” In this month’s ABODE, we are focusing on political outreach, with news and information from the Houston Apartment Association’s Government Affairs team. Grab this issue and dig deep into one of the most important functions of our association. Onerous government regulations affect us all – our employees, our residents, our communities – the list is endless due to the unforeseen ramifications of bad legislation. Our government needs to hear from us, and HAA, TAA and NAA are working hard to make our voices heard. Locally, the HAA staff and volunteers reach out and advocate for our industry to city councils, mayors, judges, law enforcement, management districts and staffs. They can hear from our side of the multifamily industry and realize the real costs to real people of their legislative efforts. HAA’s outreach to justices of the peace is of the utmost importance, helping judges protect owners and other apartment residents by evicting bad actors and handling misdemeanors, small civil disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and more. So, what can you do to help? HAA and I need YOU! Join us by contributing to and attending our HAA Political Action Committee events. The HAA PAC is the multifamily industry’s voice in government, and we need your participation and dollars to keep that voice strong. By working together through the PAC, we can support political leadership and candidates who understand our mission and work with us to secure the success of a very important part of the local housing industry. The multifamily industry houses millions of people in the Houston area, and the HAA PAC is its advocate, with assistance from YOU. Visit the QR code below or visit www.haaonline.org/haapac to become an advocate for apartment housing in Houston and the surrounding area. And don’t forget to get out and vote on or before Tuesday, November 8! If you have not registered to vote, you can do so until 30 days before the election. Do you need more resources? Visit these: www.votetexas.gov – The Secretary of State’s office has a website full of valuable voter information. You can even check whether you are registered to vote on the site. www.harrisvotes.org – The Harris County Clerk’s office has a website with information on where to vote in Harris County. You can also print a copy of your voter registration card. Last, but not least, please consider our HAA PAC endorsed candidates when you vote, the list is available on Page 46. HAA hopes to be working with these and all newly elected officials for the good of the multifamily industry and its residents into the future.
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These companies have generously supported the Houston Apartment Association with their patron membership. Please give them careful consideration, whenever possible, in your business.
October Patron of the Month
Houston Planned Energy Systems
HAA Member since 1978
HAA Member since 1997
Cotton Commercial USA Inc.
Gemstar Construction Development Inc.
HAA Member since 1982
Hire Priority Staffing & Executive Search
HAA Member since 1985
HAA Member since 1993
HAA Member since 1984
FSI Construction Inc.
HAA Member since 1961
HAA Member since 1999
Dixie Carpet Installations
HAA Member since 1986
HAA Member since 1987
Camp Construction Services
Century A/C Supply
HAA Member since 1994
HAA Member since 1968
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By STEPHANIE GRAVES, HAA Legislative Chair, with BRADLEY PEPPER, Vice President of Government Affairs
YOU MUST VOTE DOWN BALLOT
The November election is a very important election for the apartment industry. HOW MANY TIMES have we heard the phrase, “This the most important election of our lifetime?” While that is largely hyperbole and cliché, the November election is actually a very, very important election for the apartment industry. Let’s just say, “This is the most important election that we have, right now.” Why is this election so important? This year will see us elect nearly every state office from Governor to State Representative, as well as every member of our Congressional delegation. In addition, and of particular interest to us, we will vote on all Judges of County Commissioners Court, County Commissioners for Precincts 2 and 4 and criminal and civil court Judges and Justices of the Peace. Cliché number two: Elections have consequences. We generally only hear that phrase when one side is voted out of office and they disagree with the policy positions enacted by a new administration. Some may call it sour grapes, but it is true, elections do have consequences. The electorate has to live under the regulations and political positions that the party in power adopt until the next election. There is a positive spin to that phrase though, because elections do have consequences if enough people show up to the polls they can “effect change” (cliché three) by voting for the candidates that they think better represent the interests of their community, business or beliefs. There is recourse at the ballot box. Back to the question of why is this election so important: what are the major issues facing our industry today? Most would agree that property taxes and crime are two of the biggest factors affecting the apartment business today. Rising property taxes and rising crime rates do not happen in a vacuum. Things happen for a reason. Whether that is an unexpected natural disaster, a once in a lifetime global pandemic or a series of failed regulatory or legislative policies, things happen for a reason. www.haaonline.org
Elected officials must respond and course correct when the public is faced with these issues. If they do not, it is incumbent upon the public to hold them accountable. Your elected officials have influence over property tax bills, which some our members see increase by 20%, 30% and even 50% every year. While valuations are not under their direct control, the ability to set the tax rates is. Most people, including some elected officials, believe that increasing property taxes only affects homeowners or big corporations, but we know the reality is it affects everyone, including our residents. If elected officials choose to increase property taxes, then rents will have to increase to cover that cost. The choice to increase rates is one thing that negatively affects our members’ ability to provide safe, affordable housing. “It’s the economy, stupid” (cliché four) became the mantra for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. These days, however, “It’s crime, stupid” would be more fitting. There is no disputing that the rise in crime is a major factor affecting our community today. Evidence of that is that we have elected officials offering statistics showing that crime is no worse than it has been in the recent past and their opposition reporting competing information that the crime rate has never been higher. Throw in that law enforcement officers, agencies and unions are falling on either side and it’s clear that crime is a major campaign issue for this election. For many, if not most, in our industry, the rise in crime is affecting us either at work or in our private lives. And this rash of crime is not limited to a certain area of town or a type of property. We have all read the explanation or excuses for why this is happening, but now we need action. We need more help from our elected officials to provide more resources for our law enforcement and our court systems to help us keep our residents, employees and ourselves safe.
You must vote down ballot (cliché five and see title). Most voters are generally educated about who is running at the top of the ticket, whether that’s for president, members of congress or the senate or the governor. But for our industry, the important races start in the middle of your ballot at the earliest. Some of you will see ballots upwards of 10 pages long, meaning that to get to these important races for County Judge or Commissioner or County Civil Court Judge or Justice of the Peace, you will need to go to page five in some cases. These down ballot races can directly influence your everyday life and your business. We all know how important our Justices of the Peace are in conducting trials fairly and efficiently, but we also need judges on those last pages of the ballot that will uphold the law and help reduce crime. So remember to vote all the way down the ballot. The last day to register to vote is October 11. Early voting begins on October 24 and runs through November 4, with Election Day on November 8. If you need any information on voting, please reach out to Bradley Pepper at email@example.com. Also, be on the lookout for information from the HAA PAC which will allow you to type in your address and pull up your unique ballot with HAA PAC endorsed candidates. Cliché six: “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.” – Pericles. We know politics is not for everyone and you might be fed up with elected officials and candidates and we understand. This election is important to our industry though and we encourage you to exercise your right to vote.
If you have a regulatory problem or question, call the HAA main line at 713-595-0300 and ask for Government Affairs.
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It’s the Law
By HOWARD BOOKSTAFF, Hoover Slovacek LLP , HAA General Counsel
THE “NEW NORMAL” So, what will eviction look like?
REMEMBER 2019? If a resident failed to pay rent, the manager was able to go to court (without a lawyer), appear before the judge, tell the judge that the resident has not paid rent and obtain a judgment for possession. No attorneys, no problem! If residents didn’t pay rent, you could easily exercise your remedy, regain possession of your unit and relet the unit to someone who met income requirements and paid rent timely. It is now 2022. Evictions look a lot different. There are several things to consider before going to court. Oh, how things have changed! Texas courts have long provided that an eviction is intended to be a speedy, inexpensive, summary procedure for taking possession without the influence of other issues. Where have these concepts gone? Speedy? The rules of civil procedure provide that an eviction trial has to be held not less than 10 days nor more than 21 days after the petition is filed and the citation has to be served to the resident at least six days before the date of the trial. Although many courts are getting back to having trials with these time frames, there are still some courts that have delays in processing petitions, serving citations and serving writs of possession. Further, cases can be abated if rental assistance is involved in the process and properties subject to the CARES Act must give a longer notice to vacate in nonpayment of rent cases. Inexpensive? In light of the pandemic-related requirements imposed by federal law, the Supreme Court of Texas and local jurisdictions, many owners and managers have felt uncomfortable going to court without having an attorney. This has made the process much more expensive than ever before. Summary procedure? The various layers of additional regulations, rules and requirements have made the process longer. Many would no
longer consider the procedure to be a summary procedure, but rather a drawn-out one. So, what does the “new normal” look like? Will we ever get back to a time when owners and managers are comfortable going to court without first retaining legal counsel? Let’s look at some of the issues you may face when you go to court in today’s world.
So, what does the “new normal” look like? Will we ever get back to a time when owners and managers are comfortable going to court without first retaining legal counsel? Let’s look at some of the issues you may face when you go to court in today’s world.
Remote proceedings For several months now the Supreme Court of Texas has had an emergency order that allows various types of remote proceedings. The 55th Emergency Order, one of two orders currently in effect, provides that any court may allow or require anyone involved in any hearing, deposition, or other proceeding to participate remotely, such as by teleconferencing, video conferencing or other means. The 55th Emergency Order expires November 1, 2022; however, the allowance of a remote proceeding has been in the emergency orders for several months and may very well continue into the future. Some courts have used remote proceedings exclusively. Some courts have used remote proceedings only upon a party’s request. Some courts are phasing out remote proceedings. No matter the case, to be prepared to go to court, you will need to know as early as possible whether your case will be in person or through a remote means. If the trial will be held remotely, you will need to be prepared to present evidence, such as the lease and the notice to vacate. You will also need to know how to connect with Zoom or whatever other method the court is using. If you have witnesses, your witnesses will need to know how to connect.
Legal aid The other Emergency Order still in effect is the 54th Emergency Order. Like the 55th Emergency Order, the 54th Order has similar content as many of the previous orders. The 54th Emergency Order also expires November 1, 2022 but covers topics that have been in effect for a number of months. It would not be surprising if the issues mandated in the 55th Order are extended beyond November 1, 2022. One of the mandates of the 54th Order is that all courts must allow, if available, representatives from legal aid organizations or volunteer legal services to be present – in person or remotely – to provide information, advise, intake, referral or other assistance for eligible litigants. An “eligible litigant” is typically not on the owner or management side. It is the resident. What this means is that you should always assume that your resident will have access to an attorney and will be prepared for the potential issues an opposing counsel might raise. Rental assistance The 54th Emergency Order also continues with requiring JPs to make rental assistance part of the eviction process. As with previous orders, the 54th Order provides that the judge must, if the landlord has a pending application for rental assistance involving the tenant or the landlord and tenant both ex-
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press an interest in participating in an available assistance program: A. immediately abate the eviction action for 60 days; B. immediately make all courts records, files and information – including information stored by electronic means – relating to the eviction action confidential to prohibit disclosure to the public; and C. inform the parties of the extension, reinstatement and dismissal procedures outlined in the Order. As before, the 54th Order provides that the case is dismissed with prejudice if the 60-day abatement period is not reinstated or extended. To reinstate an abated case, the landlord must file a motion to reinstate within the 60-day abatement period and serve a copy of the motion on the tenant. The motion must show that the application for rental assistance has been denied, cancelled or withdrawn. If you are interested in rental assistance, it would be beneficial to have the resident apply for assistance as early as possible in the eviction process. If you are not interested, you should be prepared to tell the judge you do not have a pending application for rental assistance involving the resident and you do not have an in-
terest in participating in an available rental assistance program. If you chose not to participate in a rental assistance program, it would be beneficial to explain to the judge the reason why you have chosen not to participate. The resident may have been uncooperative with respect to communicating with you in the past, the resident may have previously had rental assistance and you don’t think an application for rental assistance would be successful, or the resident has had conduct issues. You may have also decided not to participate in rental assistance because of the strings attached to the program (such as waiving fees or having to wait additional time after receiving assistance to take action for subsequent defaults). Dotting the “i’s” and crossing the “t’s” If legal aid is involved in your case, you can assume that you will be pressed to prove that you have delivered the notice to vacate properly and that you have complied with all applicable rules, regulations and requirements. The notice to vacate must be delivered properly. The Property Code requires that the notice to vacate be given in person or by mail at the premises in question. Notice in person may be
by personal delivery to the resident or any person residing at the premises who is 16 years of age or older or personal delivery to the premises and affixing the notice to the inside of the main entry door. Notice by mail may be by regular mail, registered mail or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the premises. As an alternative, the owner may deliver the notice by securely affixing the notice to the outside of the main entry door; however, this method of delivery should be considered in only certain limited circumstances. Outside delivery can only be done if: (i) the premises has no mailbox and a keyless bolting device, alarm system or dangerous animal prevents the owner from entering the premises; or (ii) the owner reasonably believes that harm will result from personal delivery to the resident or by affixing the notice to the inside of the main entry door. Additionally, the notice must be placed in a sealed envelope with the resident’s name, address and in all capital letters, the words “IMPORTANT DOCUMENT” (or substantially similar language) and must be mailed no later than 5 pm on the same day from the same county in which the premises is located. / See Law, Page 65
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Resident Relations from the RESIDENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE
YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED A resident disputes charges after management misses the 30-day time frame.
A RESIDENT FILED a complaint with HAA to dispute charges she received from her previous apartment property. The resident stated that she received a call from collections letting her know that she had a past due balance from a previous property that she lived in. The resident said she had never received anything in the mail from her previous apartment management letting her know that she had an overdue balance, even after giving them a forwarding address. It had also been more than 30 days since the resident had moved out. Management Response Management responded to HAA, and that response was then forwarded to the resident.
Enclosed were copies of the lease, application, statement of deposit, with pictures also included. Management did send a SODA letter to the resident’s previous address, but not within 30 days of move-out. The Committee’s Decision After reviewing the case, the committee decided in favor of the resident. Management did not provide the resident with a final account statement within the 30-day allotted time frame that was stated in the lease, and management had to remove all charges. The HAA Resident Relations Committees provide an impartial review of resident complaints using the documentation provided by both the resident and management. When the
committee finds in favor of the resident, we appreciate a direct response from the property to the resident within two weeks and a copy of the payment sent to HAA for our records. When the committee finds in favor of the resident, management may file an appeal. When the committee finds in favor of the property owner, the decision is final. If you are a manager with a resident relations issue, call HAA at 713-595-0300 for direct assistance. Renters can be referred to HAA by calling 713-595-0300 to speak to a trained consultant, fluent in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents can also be directed online to www.haaonline.org/renters.
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On the Scene with the HAA PAC HAA PAC Luncheon Wednesday, August 24 at the HAF Dinerstein Reed Prokop Education Center Sponsored by 1 Texas Apartment Pool Services The HAA Political Action Committee hosted Bob Wolfe-R (candidate for Harris Co. JP, Pct 5, Pl. 2), Jaison Joseph-R (candidate for Fort Bend Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2) and Roderick Rodgers-D (candidate for Harris Co. JP, Pct 5, Pl. 2)
WE’RE ALL ABOUT BETTER GOVERNMENT Threats from government are coming at the apartment industry at a rapid pace. The HAA PAC, the political action committee of the Houston Apartment Association, needs your help to fight bad legislation. HAA members can participate in the PAC on several levels. Committee application forms are available. To join, renew or learn how to become involved with the PAC, see online at www.haaonline.org/haapac or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 16
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HAA Annual Business Meeting with a special guest speaker to be announced
Thursday, November 10 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Omni Hotel 4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056
Table of 10: Early bird rate: $700: Standard rate: $900
Join us as we elect our leadership for 2023 and celebrate the achievements of 2022 Nomination and Election of 2022 Officers and Board of Directors Recognition of 2022 Committee Members Recognition of 2022 NAA Credential Holders Recognition of 2022 Go-Getter Achievements
Individual seat: Early bird rate: $65; Standard rate: $85 The deadline to receive the early bird rate is October 13
Reception and Seated Dinner Register online at www.haaonline.org/events
Presentation of 2022 Appreciation Awards
Sponsored by ATI Restoration and Chadwell Supply
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Saturday, October 15 Noon to 5 p.m. Humble Civic Center ARENA
We got hot ones! It’s bingeworthy! Mark your calendars for HAF’s 31st Annual Chili Fest! There will be teams serving up their best chili and all kinds of activities for kids and adults. Plus, the best chili, costumes and booths can win BIG! • Movies on the Lawn • Pumpkin Patch • Rock Wall • Shaved Ice • 30 ft Mega Slide • Bungee Run • Face Painting • Balloon Artists • and much more! Tickets are a smoking-hot steal for this all-inclusive event! Adult - $12 prepaid, $15 on site, Child (5-12) - $8 prepaid, $10 on site,Kids 4 and under - Free! Interested in entering the Chili Cook-off Contest? Contact email@example.com for details on how you can get cooking! Reserve your tickets at
www.haaonline.org/chilifest Habanero Sponsors EPICHTX Construction Gemstar Construction Development Outdoor Elements Watermark Restoration and Construction Over 21 Wristband Sponsor TriArc Construction
Awards Sponsor EPICHTX Construction Chili-tizer Station Sponsors Dixie Carpet Installations Ideal Towing Little Chilis Area Sponsors Poolsure TriArc Construction
Jalapeno Sponsors ATI Restoration American Fire Systems Best Plumbing Camp Construction Services Century A/C Supply Core Landscape Group Cotton Commercial Earthworks Fidus Construction Services Flooring Warehouse FSI Construction Insgroup InterSolutions Staffing Lowe’s Pro Supply Perceptive Things PPG Paints Qwikkit Roadrunner Restoration Company TriArc Construction Watermark Restoration and Construction
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OCTOBER S M T W T
Calendar HAA Education, Events and Meetings SCHEDULE
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OCTOBER 3 Bill Dinerstein Memorial Golf Tournament Monday, October 3 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. BraeBurn Country Club 8101 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074 Our 43rd annual HAA Bill Dinerstein Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting the HAA PAC. See Page 19 for details. Sponsored by AAA Plumbers, American Fire Systems, ATI Restoration, Camp Construction, Cotton Commercial, Crestmark Construction, Dixie Carpet Installations, Earthworks Inc, EPICHTX Construction, Ferguson Facilities Supply, Fidus Construction, Guardian Construction, Hoffer Furniture, Ideal Towing, PPG Paints, Qwikkit, Redevelopment Services, Roadrunner Restoration, Sentriforce, Southern Ice Cream, Texas Southwest Floors, Texscape Services, TriArc Construction, Valet Living, Watermark Restoration, and Zillow Group Rentals
4, 11, 18, 25 Certified Apartment Leasing Professional Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Courses held four consecutive Tuesdays Enhance the skills of apartment leasing professionals, resulting in better informed, highly professional individuals with increased lease activity and improved resident relations. Sponsored by AAA Plumbers
5 State of the Industry: Fall Edition Wednesday, October 5 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Join HAA as we assess the current and future state of Houston’s multifamily market. This Fall Edition of the State of the Industry will focus on multifamily development trends, new apartment construction market data,
and the region’s infrastructure projects and development. Sponsored by Camp Construction Services and Guardian Construction New Supplier Member Orientation Wednesday, October 5 10 a.m. Via Zoom All new supplier members are welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to join. Pearland Region Meeting Wednesday. October 5 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to onsite personnel only. Registration starts at 11 a.m. The program and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. This event is free, but we kindly ask you to RSVP yourself and/or team members. Visit www.haaonline.org/outreach meetings for up-to-date information. Contact email@example.com to RSVP. Sponsored by Earthworks Ambassador ONE Society Happy Hour Wednesday, October 5 3:30 p.m. Kirby Ice House Memorial City 1015 Gessner Road Ambassador members only. Contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
6 Avenues: Maintenance Blvd 2 – Creeped Out by Bids and Scopes of Work? Top Tips to Produce Successful Contracts with Chris King-Dye, Full House Marketing Thursday, October 6 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See Page 22 for details. Sponsored by Texas Southwest Floors Legal Lowdown Thursday, October 6 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Via Zoom Registration closes at noon. Registrants receive access links via email one day prior to event date.
HAA's monthly legal series comes to you virtually with Howard Bookstaff. Visit the event calendar at www.haaonline.org to register. Sponsored by Best Plumbing
7 ACES Luncheon Friday, October 7 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ACES is open to supervisors and executive-level multifamily professionals. Contact email@example.com for details.
12 Resident Relations Committee B Meeting Wednesday, October 12 Via Zoom 2 p.m.
15 Featured Event: HAF 31st Annual Chili Fest Saturday, October 15 Noon to 5 p.m. Humble Civic Center Arena This year’s theme: is “Bingeworthy – Netflix & Chili.” For more information visit www.haaonline.org and see Page 18. To host a booth email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Sponsored by ATI Restoration, Best Plumbing, Camp Construction, Century A/C Supply, Core Landscape Group, Cotton Commercial, Dixie Carpet Installations, Earthworks Inc, EPICHTX Construction, Fidus Construction, Flooring Warehouse, FSI Construction, Gemstar Construction, Ideal Towing, Insgroup, Intersolutions Staffing, Lowe’s Pro Supply, Outdoor Elements, Perceptive Things, Poolsure, PPG Paints, Qwiikkit, Roadrunner Restoration, TriArc Construction, Watermark Restoration.
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19-21 Independent Rental Owner Professional Course Wednesday, October 19 to Friday, October 21 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The IROP designation program is offered to the rental owner who manages their personally held multifamily property or properties. Independent rental owners who take the IROP course can earn the IROP credential after completing the course and passing the online exam. See Page 24 for details. Sponsored by FSI Construction and TriArc Construction
19 HAA Political Action Committee Meeting Wednesday, October 19 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Madison at email@example.com. for details. Sponsored by Guardian Construction
28 NEXT Professional Development Breakfast: Couch Talk Friday, October 28 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. This niche group within HAA is dedicated to the networking and professional development needs of HAA members under 40. Network with your peers during ‘Couch Talk’ featuring current and previous HAA Forty Under 40 honorees. See Page 25 for details. Sponsored by American Fire Systems and The Liberty Group
17 CAS: Supplier Success Monday, October 17 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.haaonline.org for information.
UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, all events meet at our Dinerstein Reed Prokop Education Center, 4810 Westway Park Blvd., second floor, in either the Direct Energy and Liberty Personnel & Executive Search or the Camden and Michael Stevens Interests Room. Meetings located at the HAA Offices, 4810 Westway Park Blvd., first floor, will be held in the Redi Carpet and Winograd Families/Judwin Properties Conference Room. See www.haaonline.org/events for an interactive calendar. 20
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Please note that dates and times are subject to change. Check the calendars at www.haaonline.org/events for the most up-to-date information.
NOVEMBER 2 HAA Blood Drive Wednesday, November 2 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4810 Westway Park Blvd New Supplier Orientation Wednesday, November 2 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Via Zoom All new supplier members or representatives can attend this online orientation. Learn how to get involved and take advantage of member benefits. Ambassador One Society Meeting Wednesday, November 2 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kirby Icehouse 1015 Gessner Road Supplier partners can join this committee for HAA Ambassadors to find out how to promote HAA Events, contact properties to survey them on benefits, and network with other supplier partners. Supplier members only.
2 Avenues: Maintenance Blvd 3 – Dude, where’s my caulk? Inventory Management and Shop Organization with Chris King-Dye, Full House Marketing Thursday, November 3 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by Texas Southwest Floors
Legal Lowdown Thursday, November 3 3 p.m. to 4: p.m. Via Zoom Registration closes at noon. Registrants receive access links via email one day prior to event date. HAA's monthly legal series comes to you virtually with Howard Bookstaff. Visit the event calendar at www.haaonline.org to register. Sponsored by Redevelopment Services.
4 Independent Rental Owners Connection (IROC) Friday, November 4 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. IROC offers customized education and networking programs just for you! Visit www.haaonline.org for details. Sponsored by Brandt Electrical Services A/C & Heating
Leasing 101 Tuesday, November 8 to Wednesday, November 9 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. From Fair Housing and the TAA lease paperwork to today’s terminology and techniques, the industry’s most dynamic instructors are on hand to educate students on the boundless potential that awaits them.
Featured Event: Annual Business Meeting Thursday, November 10 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Join us as we nominate and elect our association leadership and honor recent NAA credential graduates. See Page 17 for details. Sponsored by ATI Restoration and Chadwell Supply
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24 to Friday, November 25 The HAA Office will be closed through Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Election Day Tuesday, November 8 Education Advisory Council Meeting Tuesday, November 8 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Lauren Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
7-11 eXtreme CAM Monday November 7 to Friday, November 11 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enhance the skills of the apartment manager, which can result in more profitable rental properties, improved resident retention rates and increased employee productivity. Recommended for experienced managers only.
Resident Relations Committee A Meeting Wednesday, November 9 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Via Zoom
Did they pay their rent? Rental Credit Reporting (RCR) was established in 1977 to solve screening problems the Houston Apartment Association founders felt plagued the local apartment industry. RCR has unsurpassed data on resident rental histories in the Houston region. The Houston Apartment Association and CoreLogic are partnered to expand RCR and include numerous searches in one bundled report with immediate and unlimited inquiry access.
To learn more and subscribe, call RCR at 713-595-0300, email email@example.com or visit www.haaonline.org.
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Follow a road that fits you career journey with Avenues. The Avenues series of seminars feature some of the best nationally-acclaimed speakers in the industry with learning sessions for every level of multifamily professional. Annual Property Subscriptions are available with unlimited attendance for all on-site property staff to all sessions at discounted prices: • Only $199 per year per property for properties with fewer than 200 units • Only $399 per year per property for properties with 200 to 350 units. • Only $450 per year per property for properties with more than 350 units. If you need a single workshop, individual sessions are priced at only $50 per person, a real steal for quality education.
Look for the class schedule and online at www.haaonline.org for details. Contact the HAA Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at www.haaonline.org.
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Join HAA as we assess the current and future state of Houston’s multifamily market. This Fall Edition of the State of the Industry will focus on multifamily development trends, new apartment construction market data, and the region’s infrastructure projects and development.
State of the Industry Breakfast Wednesday, October 5 Breakfast and Registration: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location HAF Education Center, 4810 Westway Park Blvd. off Clay Road and the Beltway. Program cost: $75 prepaid, $125 at the door
Panelists, from top: Kimberly Byrum, Managing PrincipalMultifamily, Zonda Advisory
Bruce McClenny, President, ApartmentData.com
Stephen Costello, Chief Recovery Officer, City of Houston
State Fall Edition Industry of the
Wednesday, October 5 Visit www.haaonline.org/events for details and to register.
Sponsored by Camp Construction Services and Guardian Construction
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Build Your Portfolio with the Right Info A three day course authored by the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) especially designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for new independent owner/manager of rental properties, the Independent Rental Owner Professional credential program is offered to the rental owner who manages his or her personally-held multifamily property or properties. Independent rental owners who take the IROP course will learn the many business practices of professional property managers and can now earn the IROP credential after completing the course of study and passing the online exam. Schedule and Fees: Wednesday-Friday, October 19-21 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $495 for the series for HAA members; $645 for non-members
To register, visit www.haaonline.org/events
IROP credential holders learn: • How to improve efficiency of your operation • The best management practices, developed over time by property management companies • How to comply with federal laws and regulations to avoid fines and penalties • Ways to increase revenue and reduce expenses • Employees • Preparing the property • Rent • Marketing • Handling objections • Applications • Screening • Rental agreements and lease forms • Moving in • The end of the lease term • When resident problems arise • Evictions • Resident retention • Maintaining property value • Maintenance • Code of enforcement • Financial management • Taxes • Protecting the investment
Sponsored by TriArc Construction and FSI Construction
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Hear from your young professional peers at this casual couch talk breakfast featuring a panel of HAA Forty Under 40 Honorees.
These leaders will share advice and lessons learned in their careers within the multifamily industry. Panelists: Brandon Coleman Jacob Kunath Betsy Marshall Candis Mohr Blaise Spitaleri
NEXT Breakfast Friday, October 28 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. HAF Education Center 4810 Westway Park Blvd. off Clay Road and the Beltway $20/person
Register online at www.haaonline.org/events
Sponsored by American Fire Systems The Liberty Group
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Industry Update from the NATIONAL APARTMENT ASSOCIATION and the NATIONAL MULTIHOUSING COUNCIL
HUD announces increased payment standards and NAA continues outreach.
HUD Announces Increased Payment Standards, More Vouchers On September 1, 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its updated fair market rents (FMRs) for fiscal year 2023. Each year, HUD updates the FMRs to, among other things, set a reasonable payment standard for public housing agency (PHA) payments to housing providers participating in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Nationally, the average FMR increased by about 10 percent. This update to payment standards comes at a critical time when pandemic recovery, inflationary pressures and the massive housing shortage have forced average rents up across the country. For example, FMRs in Phoenix will increase by 33 percent in response to significant demand. “These new FMRs will make it easier for voucher holders facing this challenge to access affordable housing in most housing markets, while expanding the range of housing opportunities available to households,” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge in a press release. Here are some of the key takeaways from the announcement. New Data sources Typically, HUD utilizes the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) to
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estimate the 40th percentile gross rents of households which recently moved into an area. This often provides an accurate picture of near-median rents for new leases. Last year, however, the Census Bureau announced that it would not release the estimates from the 2020 ACS because the COVID-19 pandemic had interfered with data collection. Instead, HUD supplemented private market data to maintain the accuracy of the FMRs, sourcing data from RealPage, Moody’s Analytics, CoStar Group, CoreLogic, Apartment List and Zillow, as examples. Industry groups, including NAA, raised concerns about the use of this data. Using private data precludes stakeholders from checking to see if the data are consistent across time and location, and if they are representative of the population in question rather than collected based on the company’s anticipated ability to sell them. HUD is expected to use solely once again the ACS data in following years. New Vouchers In addition to higher rates, HUD will award approximately 19,700 new Housing Choice Vouchers to PHAs. This increase is made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 which was signed into law on March 15, 2022. HUD has sent a notification to eligible PHAs informing them of the new vouchers providing a deadline of September 2 to accept or decline the increase.
Policy Outlook The National Apartment Association (NAA) urges policymakers to adopt responsible and sustainable housing policies. Additional vouchers and FMR increases are desperately needed for low- and moderateincome households and housing providers who have been thrust into financial uncertainty amid economic turmoil due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, there is more to be done. The HCV Program is fraught with payment delays, impractical inspection requirements and administrative red tape which makes housing provider participation infeasible in countless markets. To help address the industry’s concerns, NAA continue to prioritize and encourage support for the Choice in Affordable Housing Act (S. 1820/H.R. 6880), introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) in the Senate, and by Representatives Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO-05) and John Katko (R-NY-24) in the House. NAA worked closely with the bill’s sponsors to include several industry priorities, which were formulated with NAA member feedback, in the legislation to speed up tenancy approval processes, reduce duplicative inspections requirements and provide better ongoing support for housing provider participants. We look forward to continuing this / See NAA Update, Page 75
The Houston Apartment Association Political Action Committee is the PAC of the Houston Apartment Association, a non-profit trade association representing the area apartment industry. Without political capital, our industry would not be as successful in representing you or your clients’ interests, and thus, your financial well-being. The HAA PAC participates in local and state political campaigns, helping candidates who support the apartment industry and its supplier businesses. You can participate in the HAA PAC on several levels.
For more on HAA PAC, visit www.haaonline.org/haapac www.haaonline.org
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On the Road with HAA Woodlands Region Meeting Thursday, August 18 Sponsored by 1 IconStrux Outreach had an information-packed lunch and learn with Justice of the Peace Matt Beasley, Constable Ryan Gable and HAA General Counsel Howard Bookstaff. Topics included the status of evictions, delivery methods for notice to vacate, and how to handle rental assistance and abatements. Thank you to Mariah Roach and her team at Two Lakes Edge for hosting us in their beautiful Sky Lounge.
HAA IS REACHING OUT to better serve our members by bringing targeted networking and educational events to different parts of our 12-county service area. Contact Vice President of Education and Outreach Lauren Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for FREE, management-only events where you can learn about issues affecting your area and network with your fellow managers. Want to host an event? We are looking for member properties to host a Region Meeting. Contact email@example.com. 28
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On the Scene Photos by MARK HIEBERT, Hiebert Photography HAA Take 5 Business Exchange Wednesday, September 1 at Houston Community College Alief Sponsored by Chadwell Supply, Flooring Warehouse, Guardian Construction and Zillow Group Rental Thanks to our suppliers and property managment leaders who attended the exchange and raised more than $60,000 to fund education grants for individuals seeking NAA credentials. Thank you to our supplier participants: AAA Plumbers ACT Security Group ACTIV Answer by Audio Images Advanced Exercise Advanced Waste Equipment ALN Apartment Data Amano American Fire Systems Inc Andrews Myers PC ApartmentData.com ApartmentRatings/SatisFacts Arbor Contract Carpet Inc ATI Restoration AZP Partsmaster Bio-One Houston South Brandt Electrical A/C & Heating BSI Camp Construction Services Capital Construction Century Air Conditioning Supply Chadwell Supply CheckpointID An MRI Software Co Comm-Fit Contractors Inc Corey Construction Commercial Srvs CoverAll Pests D&G Quality Roofing Inc Dixie Carpet Installations Inc Domuso Earthworks Inc eConserve LLC Entrata® Envirotrol Fairway Architectural Railings Solutions Fidus Construction Services Fitness Unlimited Flooring Warehouse FSI Construction Gemstar Construction Development Inc Genesis Credit Management Greenlogic Lighting & Electric Guardian Construction HandyTrac Key Control Hoffer Furniture Impact Property Solutions Insgroup InterSolutions Staffing J National Contractors KeyTrak Inc Kings III Emergency Communications LeasePal Inc Liberty Rent Lowe’s Pro Supply Magna Pest Major League Gutter Cleaning Marathon Fitness Matrix Construction Services MirrorMate Frames Multifamily Utility Company National Credit Systems Inc Pappas Roofing Pay Ready Penn Apartment Staffing LLC
Perfect Surface Inc Perma Pier Foundation Repair Prkcar Qwikkit Redevelopment Services Redi Carpet Sales of Houston Reliant Rent. Resident Interface By Hunter Warfield Residential Waste Service LLC Respage Restoration 1 of Central Houston REVS (Refuel Electric Vehicle Solutions) Roadrunner Restoration Company LLC Saifee Signs & Graphics Securitas Security Services Inc Spectrum Brands - Pfister TACT Biohazard Remediation Texas Apartment Pool Services Texas Package Solutions Inc Texas Southwest Floors Inc Texscape Services The Package Center The Urban Foresters LLC Total Cleaning and Renovation Services Tpo Pros Roofing & Restoration Triple Seal Insulation LLC Urban Value Corner Store Valet Living VBM Waste Vima Decor Watchtower Security Inc Watermark Restoration and Construction WeDoTrash Yardi Systems Inc Zillow Rentals Zuma Zumper
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Thank you to our owner/management company participants: Allied Orion Group Atlantic Pacific Management Better World Properties Centra Partners LLC Central Management Inc. Cushman Wakefield Dayrise Residential Francis Property Management Greystar GWR Management Hettig Management Highmark Residential Indus Communities Itex Group Judwin Properties Knightvest Residential Lincoln Property Company Madera Residential Martin Fein Interests Morgan Group Olympus Property Point Reyes Residential Q10 Property Advisors Raamco RPM Living SMI Realty Management Stonemark Summit Property Management Tarantino Properties, Inc. Texas InterFaith Housing The Dinerstein Companies Venterra Realty Veritas Equity Management Vero Sade Westdale Asset Management
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On the Scene Photos by MARK HIEBERT, Hiebert Photography HAA Take 5 Business Exchange
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On the Scene Photos by MARK HIEBERT, Hiebert Photography HAA Take 5 Business Exchange
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MADISON O’BAR, HAA Communications Manager
Advocate HAA CEO Casey Morgan discusses the importance of public policy and political engagement for the multifamily industry.
asey Morgan, the CEO of the Houston Apartment Association, has been involved professionally in government advocacy for many years. Her government affairs career journey started after she graduated from the Baylor University and took a position working on Capitol Hill for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Later, Casey went on to work at the White House for former President George W. Bush. After receiving many opportunities to see public policy work behind the scenes, she became hooked. For this month’s issue of ABODE, we sat down with Casey and asked her questions about HAA and its involvement with political advocacy.
How would you describe effective advocacy efforts for the industry? Effective advocacy means creating engaging and transparent efforts. It is so important to have members involved directly with our elected officials. Our government affairs staff are here to facilitate these conversations so that members can convey messages to these elected officials. Our advocacy efforts are only as good as the membership we are a part of, so it is imperative that staff provide opportunities for the members to be directly engaged. Help explain HAA's role in advocacy on the local, state and national levels? HAA is most involved at the local level. We work directly with Justices of the Peace, Judges,
Constables, Mayors, Council Members, etc. Our partnership with the Texas Apartment Association touches our state legislative delegation, and while that partnership is very important, it's also important for those elected officials that work in Austin to know we're their Houston base and that we represent all their constituents in the region. That type of working relationship also applies to the national level. This is key because there can sometimes be a disconnect between a local area and Washington D.C. Bridging that gap is important for any trade association because it is critical for our federal delegation to understand how their policies affect constituents and businesses in their in their districts. How does HAA’s Government Affairs team help defend the industry against bad legislation? Advocacy is hard to quantify. One of the reasons it's hard to quantify is because if we do our jobs, and we prevent adverse legislation, regulations, or ordinances from going into effect, we ultimately can’t measure what they would have done. However, we must still defend the industry from those adverse regulations or legislation, and we have to do that on the front end. Education is key. We must meet with elected officials before they enact those policies so that they can understand all the unintended consequences of what they're about to implement. Elected officials simply cannot be the subject matter experts on
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Political advocacy is critical because the PAC
enables active members to get to know prospective elected officials. This allows members to connect with them on an individual basis while they are still candidates, and as you can imagine, that is when they are most open to feedback. It also gives us a great educational opportunity to share information about the industry, market trends, and concerns about possible industry challenges.
every issue, so it is imperative for the industry to educate. How do we relay the message of regulation changes to our members? We relay this message through education and information dissemination. It's all about transparency, but also about providing what can sometimes be a complicated message, in a very digestible way. Any government affairs professional needs to be able to give an “elevator speech,” which is a short explanation on a regulation, or a particular act of legislation, in 20 seconds or less, equivalent to an elevator ride! It is important for our members to have a government affairs team that possesses the skillset to take something that has many complex layers, condense it to a digestible message, and then send that out to the membership for wide consumption. What new changes can we expect in the upcoming months? One activity we're anticipating in the next few months is the legislative session. The session will start in January, so we need to begin working with our state delegation now to promote the TAA legislative agenda. There are also county wide elections coming up in November. Based on that outcome, we will need to be prepared to educate possibly new elected officials that will take office in January. The City of Houston is also facing major elections at the end of next year. As the current terms for mayor and city council members draw to a close, we will look for opportunities to work with them, continuing our working relationship as an industry resource.
Explain the role of the HAA Political Action Committee and why this political involvement is important? Political advocacy is critical because the PAC enables active members to get to know prospective elected officials. This allows members to connect with them on an individual basis while they are still candidates, and as you can imagine, that is when they are most open to feedback. It also gives us a great educational opportunity to share information about the industry, market trends, and concerns about possible industry challenges. They can digest that information before they are elected to office and use it later to inform their policy decisions. If members are not involved in that type of advocacy, we really miss a great opportunity to make a lasting impression. I would encourage any member who is interested in becoming more involved with the HAA PAC to contact the government affairs staff. Overall, why is it important for members to care about government affairs advocacy and to participate in the organization’s political efforts? It is important to be relevant, and your relevance is only demonstrated by your actual presence. I wish I could take credit for this quote, but it is often said, “if you’re not at the table, you're on the menu.” So, if you are not working with regulators or elected officials, or you are not somehow represented at the table, your industry will be on the menu. Government affairs staff members can provide some of that information, but it is much more compelling for members of the industry to convey those messages directly.
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Thanks HAA PAC Members
The HAA PAC is the political action committee of the Houston Apartment Association, a nonprofit trade association representing the Houston apartment industry. Without political capital, our industry could not be as successful in representing your interests. Thanks to these contributing individual members: Steering Committee Mack Armstrong Cyrus Bahrami Kenneth J. Bohan Howard Bookstaff John Boriack, CAM, IROP Michelle Bridges, CAS Debbie Brueckner, CAS Candace Castillo, CAPS, CAM Terri Clifton Arrie Colca, CASE Rick Craig Brandt Dillon Brian Dinerstein Jack Dinerstein Gina Y. Erwin Jennifer Fargo Martin Fein Jim Fenwick Stephanie Graves, CAM,CAPS, IROP Billy Griffin Darlene Guidry Sheri Harrison Bret Heitzman Melissa Herrera Clay Hicks David Hodge Stacy Hunt Dan James, CAS Matthew Kafka Michael Knight Jacob Kunath, CAS Rick Luke Todd Marix Robert McDaniel, CAS Will McGinnis, CAS Kristin McLaughlin, CASE Candis Mohr, CAS Steve Moore Philip Morgan Josh Nichols Jason B. Ormsby, CAM, CAPS Jenifer Paneral Mark Park, CAS Michelle Pawelek, CAPS Jackie Rhone, CAPS Emeritus John Ridgway, CPM Christy Rodriguez, CAPS Joseph Rodriguez, CAS Theresa Tollett Ryholt Corri M. Smith Kyle Smith Blaise Spitaleri, CAS Scott Tenney Ryan Terrell Sal Thomas Suan Tinsley Patrick J. Tollett Victor E. Vacek, Jr David Vasquez Shelley Watson Ryan Weis Christy Wheeler Tony Whitaker
Nichole Williams, CAS Jerold Winograd Trustees Rod Bean Gary Blumberg Tammy Broadway, CAS Elizabeth Castro Gray, CAM, CAPS, NALP, IROP Neal Conant, CAS Derek DeVries, CAS Caroline Ferguson Melissa Friend Garrett Graham Crystal Jackson, CAM,CAPS Gary Kiker Barby Lake, CAPS Kimberly LeBlanc Beth Levine Liz Macias Bruce McClenny Katy Myrick Kirsten Nielsen Dean O'Kelley, CAS Velissa Parmer Penny Sprang, CAPS David Stone Kelley Suess Steve Tennison, CAM Jennifer Trevino Quintina Willis Tracie Yoder, CAPS Voting Century Club Members Jaqueline Aguirre Susan Alvarado, CAS Joe Arentz Johnny Atkinson Chad Baldwin Julian Blum Marivel Bownds, CAS Kristin Buck Alisha Cain, CAM Shaun Callaway, CAS Sandra Cardenas-Morfin Brandon Coleman, NALP, CAM, CAPS Sean Cunningham, CAS James Davis Deborah DeRouen, CAS Jennifer Devine, CAS Juana Estrada, CAS Tito Estrada, CAS Izzy Garza Diane Gilbert, CPM Giovanna Gone, CAM, CAS Carrie Green Braden Griffith Sabrina Gudino, II Mallory Hess Christopher J. Hilton Deborah Holcombe Jimmie Hotz, CASE Darlene Hunter Amanda Kelly Debra Knight
Valerie Lacy, CAM, CAPS Beth Levine Liz Levins, CAS Yvonda Lewis Brityn Maddox Betsy Marshall, CAM, CAPS Jim Martensen, CAS Jose Antonio Milke Debra Moore Kathy Motis, CAM Karen Nelsen, CAM Bill Nye, CAM Randy Patton Valerie Radla, CAS Marilyn Rivero, CAM, CAPS, IROP Mat Tilley, CAS Lindsay Torres-Smith, CAM Crystal Varela Susan Weston Karen Zuckero, IROP Non-Voting Century Club Members Andrea Arellano Angie Aversa, CAM, CAPS, CAS Tiana Ayala Sandra Capulin Regina Carr Jose Castro Zitha Favela Kristen Fox Vilma Garcia Nancy Gilman, CAM Greyci Guevara Sara Hinson Marcy Holmes, CAPS Audrey Ingram Raven Jones Brooke Kirkpatrick Stephanie Krop, CASE Denisse Lara, CAM Austin Lawley Rachel Lopez Alma Martinez Maria Maynez Kelly McDaris Adrian Murillo, CAM, CAPS Sam Nottebart Ben Pitts Bridgette Rangel Maria Rodriguez Sonya Rosenbach Casey Rozell Claudia P. Rubio Teresa Schroit Nikki Sekunda, CAS Diann Selgado Taylor Van Hook Dawn Wells
Want to join the HAA PAC? Visit www.haaonline.org/haapac. www.haaonline.org
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Your Vote Matters The HAA PAC participates in local and state political campaigns, helping candidates who support the apartment industry and its supplier businesses. Strengthen your voice by joining us. You can participate in the HAA PAC on several levels:
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Steering Committee • $1,500 • Receives all of the benefits of trustee, and • One vote for every $500 contributed. • Sets the agenda for the HAA PAC. • Acts as the PAC Board of Directors. • Invitations to Steering Committee Meetings held three to four times per year. Trustees • $500 • Benefits listed below, and • An individual vote on HAA PAC decisions. • Invitations to special events and meetings with legislators, including elected officials receptions. Century Club Members • $125 • Benefits listed below, and • Group voting rights, though their Century Club Representative. Non-Voting Century Club Members • $100 • Attend all regular HAA PAC functions at member pricing, but has no voting privileges. • Members are recognized in the October issue of ABODE magazine.
To join the HAA PAC, make your non-corporate check payable to HAA PAC. By law, we cannot accept corporate checks. Funds are not tax-deductible.
I am a: _____Owner Member _____Non-Voting Century Club $100
and YES! I want to invest in the HAA PAC as (check one):
_____Voting Century Club $125
_____Steering Committee $1,500
Name: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Company: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________ Email: _________________________________________________________________________________ Home Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please note relationships with any elected officials: _______________________________________________________________________________________ If paying by credit card (please select):
Number:__________________________________________ Expires:________ CSC:____Name on card:______________________________________________ I was referred by _____________________________________________________________________ _______ Sign me up for FAST TRACK! For an additional $90, guarantee your place at the table and save time too. You will automatically be pre-registered and paid for a minimum of four luncheons, with your badge waiting for you at the door. You must also join the PAC at a minimum of $100 to participate in Fast Track. The $90 Fast Track payment can be made with corporate funds. Paid for by HAA PAC, Casey Watts Morgan, Treasurer.
For more on HAA PAC, visit www.haaonline.org/haapac.
Return form to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 281-582-1520 or mail your payment to: HAA PAC, 4810 Westway Park Blvd., Houston, Texas 77041. For more information contact HAA PAC at 713-595--0302 or email@example.com.
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HAA PAC Endorsements
Texans will head to the polls on November 8 to decide who will represent us for a variety of offices, ranging from Justices of the Peace to Governor. The following endorsements have been made by the National Apartment Association PAC, Texas Apartment Association PAC and/or the Houston Apartment Association PAC. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 24. Make an effort to get your employees and associates to join you. Visit www.haaonline.org/advocacy for a sample ballot, polling locations and more election information. Be sure to consider these candidates when you vote on Tuesday, November 8. Name Federal q Dan Crenshaw q Lizzie Pannill Fletcher q Morgan Luttrell q Al Green q Michael McCaul q Randy Weber q Troy Nehls q Sylvia Garcia q Brian Babin q Wesley Hunt
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Representative, TX-2 Representative, TX-7 Representative, TX-8 Representative, TX-9 Representative, TX-10 Representative, TX-14 Representative, TX-22 Representative, TX-29 Representative, TX-36 Representative, TX-38
Statewide q Greg Abbott q Dan Patrick q Glen Hegar
R R R
Governor Lieutenant Governor Comptroller
Texas Senate q Robert Nichols q Brandon Creighton q Charles Schwertner q Carol Alvarado q Paul Bettencourt q Mayes Middleton q Boris Miles q John Whitmire q Joan Huffman q Lois Kolkhorst
R R R D R R D D R R
Senator, SD-3 Senator, SD-4 Senator, SD-5 Senator, SD-6 Senator, SD-7 Senator, SD-11 Senator, SD-13 Senator, SD-15 Senator, SD-17 Senator, SD-18
Texas House of Representatives q Cecil Bell Jr. R q Steve Toth R q Ernest Bailes R q Terri Leo Wilson R q Jacey Jetton R q Ron Reynolds D q Gary Gates R q Ed Thompson R q Geanie E. Morrison R q Dr. Suleman Lalani D q Stan Kitzman R q Sam Harless R q Charles Cunningham R q Briscoe Cain R q Dennis Paul R q Tom Oliverson R q Alma Allen D q Mike Schofield R q Mano DeAyala R q Ann Johnson D q Gene Wu D
Representative, HD-3 Representative, HD-15 Representative, HD-18 Representative, HD-23 Representative, HD-26 Representative, HD-27 Representative, HD-28 Representative, HD-29 Representative, HD-30 Representative, HD-76 Representative, HD-85 Representative, HD-126 Representative, HD-127 Representative, HD-128 Representative, HD-129 Representative, HD-130 Representative, HD-131 Representative, HD-132 Representative, HD-133 Representative, HD-134 Representative, HD-137
q Lacey Hull q Jarvis Johnson q Senfronia Thompson q Harold V. Dutton Jr. q Ana Hernandez q Mary Ann Perez q Christina Morales q Penny Morales Shaw q Hubert Vo q Valoree Swanson
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Representative, HD-138 Representative, HD-139 Representative, HD-141 Representative, HD-142 Representative, HD-143 Representative, HD-144 Representative, HD-145 Representative HD-148 Representative, HD-149 Representative, HD-150
Harris County q Alex del Moral Mealer q Adrian Garcia q Jack Cagle q Audrie Lawton Evans q James Kovach q Manpreet "Monica" Singh q Lucia Bates q Laryssa Korduba q Bob Wolfe q Angela Rodriguez q Sharon M. Burney q Louie Ditta
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County Judge Commissioner, Pct. 2 Commissioner, Pct. 4 County Civil Court at Law No. 1 County Civil Court at Law No. 2 County Civil Court at Law No. 4 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3, Pl. 2 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4, Pl. 2 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5, Pl. 2 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 6, Pl. 2 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 7, Pl. 2 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 8, Pl. 2
Brazoria County q Matt Sebesta q Ryan Cade q David Linder q Robin Rape q Richard B. Davis q Roy Castillo q Sherry Kersh
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County Judge Commissioner, Pct. 2 Commissioner, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4
Fort Bend County q K.P. George q Grady Prestage q Kelly Crow q Tricia Krenek q Justin Joyce
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County Judge Commissioner, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Pl. 1 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Pl. 2 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3
Montgomery County q Mark Keough q Charlie Riley q Matt Gray q Wayne Mack q Trey Spikes q Matt Beasley q Jason Dunn q Matt Masden
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County Judge Commissioner, Pct. 2 Commissioner, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5
Visit https://www.harrisvotes.com/ for information about voting times and locations in Harris County. Visit https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departments/county-services/elections-voter-registration/ for Fort Bend County. Visit https://elections.mctx.org/ for Montgomery County. Visit https://www.brazoriacountyclerktx.gov/departments/elections for Brazoria County.
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Do you really know your applicant?
Comprehensive applicant screening tools available today can uncover financial and criminal background information. Proper screening can also reveal identity fraud issues, including stolen and fabricated identities, which may result in costly problems. Comprehensive screening using Rental Credit Reporting can also tell you who hasn’t paid rent, who has broken leases and who has received their deposit refund. RCR provides Houston’s apartment industry with the most effective rental credit reporting tool available. RCR was established in 1977 to solve screening problems HAA founders felt plagued the local apartment industry. RCR has unsurpassed data on resident rental histories in the Houston region and gives your leasing staff immediate access to information about which prospects have fulfilled their leases and who have been residents in good standing. The Houston Apartment Association’s Rental Credit Reporting and SafeRent Solutions have partnered to offer numerous searches in one bundled report with immediate and unlimited inquiry access.
a service of
in partnership with
To subscribe or to learn more, call RCR at 713-595-0300, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.haaonline.org.
Photo supplied by the Alexandra del Moral Mealer campaign
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HAA Vice President of Government Affairs
Candidate Meet the HAA PAC endorsed candidate for Harris County Judge Alexandra del Moral Mealer.
You have a very interesting resume; can you tell us a little about you and your background? I attended West Point and then served in the US Army bomb squad. After my time in service, I graduated from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School before moving to Houston to pursue a career in energy finance, where I worked on the execution of billion-dollar transactions as a strategic advisor on mergers & acquisitions and capital markets financing for public and private companies. This is your first run for office, what led you to run and run for this position specifically? I watched as petty crime in my neighborhood turned into violent crime and our local officials refused to even acknowledge the problem, let alone try to find solutions to immediately address the issue. When I launched my campaign in November of 2021, public safety was my top priority, yet it wasn’t even a priority for our County Judge at the time. My family and I love living in Harris County, and the first and foremost responsibility of government is to protect the most vulnerable. Our local leaders were failing in that responsibility, so I stepped up and raised my hand. We have enough resources in Harris County to make every neighborhood safe, not just for my kids, but for every kid in our community. The position of County Judge, along with the votes of the other Commissioners, has the power of the purse through our county budget over our jails, law enforcement (including prosecutors), evidence processing (medical examiner, crime laboratories) and our court system. Instead of making sure these elements of our criminal justice system were adequate-
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“Harris County needs to continuously adopt the no new revenue rate. Lina Hidalgo has offered cuts to the rate, but not enough help crushing appraisal increases. By adopting the no new tax revenue rate we will make sure that we are applying the same amount of taxes to the same properties, rather than always asking more of the taxpayers.”
ly funded, Lina Hidalgo chose to expand the scope of county government to prioritize spending on new social services and alternative forms of crime fighting (Wi-Fi, trails, planting trees) at the expense of funding the traditional criminal justice system. Can you explain a little about the role of County Judge and the responsibilities of the Harris County Commissioners Court? County Judges preside over Commissioners Court which is the policy-making body elected to manage day-to-day operations of the county. County Judges also serve as head of emergency management when necessary. In Harris County, the County Judge directs funding and influences policy throughout the county and all of its functions including the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff, County Jail, Constables and Court system. Crime is on the rise in Harris County. Our members are in the housing industry and it is a priority for them to provide a safe place for residents to live. Do you see a reason for why crime rates have increased so dramatically in the recent years? Do you have a plan to address the problem? We know that the current backlog of cases plays a role and that means we need additional prosecutors, evidence processing and courtroom hours to move through the unprecedented backlog of criminal court cases (+130,000). Across the county, the current administration has under-funded our law enforcement
agenices starving them of necessary resources. This has meant slower response times, lower retention rate and difficulty hiring. I have committed to fund 1,000 additional law enforcement positions once in office and to make public safety the top priority for commissioners court. The need for affordable housing is something that we hear from elected officials and read in the media often, however, we see a disconnect with the actions and policies that elected officials adopt which negatively impact the ability of our owners and operators to continue to provide affordable housing. This can be attributed to new regulations and fees, but one of the primary drivers affecting affordability are skyrocketing property taxes. Some of our members see property tax appraisals that increase by 40% from year to year. Do you have a strategy for addressing the dramatic increases in property taxes? Harris County needs to continuously adopt the no new revenue rate. Lina Hidalgo has offered cuts to the rate, but not enough help crushing appraisal increases. By adopting the no new tax revenue rate we will make sure that we are applying the same amount of taxes to the same properties, rather than always asking more of the taxpayers. While our members try and exhaust every possibility of working with a resident who is delinquent, there are times that eviction
filing is necessary. Our courts, and in particular our Justice of the Peace courts, play a vital role in that process. As with everything, we have seen some disruptions in that process over the past two years. In addition, and not exclusive to Harris County, we have seen a rise in activism and legislating from the bench. Do you know if there is anything that can be done by Commissioners Court to ensure that the JP courts run properly and that the law is followed? The Commissioners Court has the power of the purse and the indirect ability to influence policy. The County Judge needs to make it clear that legislating from the bench will not be tolerated and the law must be applied as written.
Challenging an incumbent is obviously a difficult undertaking as they have higher name ID and resources, without pulling back the curtain too much, how do you get across the finish line and win this election in November? We do it with all of your support. If you can give, volunteer, or even take a yard sign, that will help us pull out a victory. We also need you telling people who may not typically vote just how important and critical this upcoming election is for Harris County. We don’t want anyone waking up after election day wishing they had done more. For more information on Mealer, visit https://alexandramealer.com.
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On Site with ABODE
Featuring HAA Honors Award Property Winners
Note: Properties are listed with owner/management at time of the award.
RETREAT AT THE WOODLANDS
Built 2010-2015 Garden Property of the Year Property: Retreat at The Woodlands Owner/Management: Greystar Location: 4400 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77384 Units: 240. Built: 2012 Web: www.retreatatthewoodlands.com Photos provided by Retreat at the Woodlands The Retreat at The Woodlands can be described as a coastal hideaway. The Retreat has been featured in the Houstonia magazine for The Woodlands, featuring their classic and timeless look following their 2019 renovation program. This renovation included installing french door refrigerators, LED lighting, USB ports and new fixtures and color pallets throughout the homes. Residents can enjoy a leasing experience built for today’s busy renter. This includes virtual leasing, electronic applications, contactless move in, paperless payments and a mobile resident services app for work orders. The Retreat provides an in-house breakfast each month along with food trucks. They also give residents the opportunity to join their Community Rewards app that allows them to earn points towards gift cards and prizes. Retreat is National Green Building Standards certified and provides recycling pick up five days a week. They host a food drive for Montgomery County annually where they are able to donate up to 600 pounds of food each year. Not only do they provide recycling, but the Retreat is also is an active participant in bee conservation. They have an active honeybee hive located on the pollinator focused property. The Retreats landscaping includes native plants that help support the health and survival of the community’s beehive. This allows them to bottle and sell the honey that the bees produce each year, with 100% of the proceeds going to Camp Hope. The Retreat is all the buzz.
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Each month, On Site with ABODE takes a closer look at the winning HAA Honors Awards properties. This month, we visit two of our winners for 2022. See future ABODEs for more of our honorees.
PARKLANE CYPRESS Built 2016-2020 Garden Property of the Year Property: ParkLane Cypress Owner/Management: Judwin Properties Location: 18515 Bridgeland Creek Pkwy, Cypress, TX 77433 Units: 288 Built: 2017 Web: www.judwin.com/plc Photos provided by ParkLane Cypress The ParkLane apartment community is made up of 288 units nestled in the Cypress market. Units include a full-size washer and dryer, granite countertops, energy efficient stainless-steel appliances, spacious closets, upgraded sound conditioning between apartments and floors, and upgraded carpet in the bedrooms. ParkLane community amenities include a 13,000 square foot clubhouse with an indoor basketball half court, executive fitness center, aerobics room, movie theater with stadium seating, gourmet coffee bar and a four-lane bowling center. Outside you can enjoy a resort style pool with cabanas, a playground and outdoor grill area. The ParkLane focuses on maintaining a high level of customer service for their residents. ParkLane hosts events and food trucks throughout the month to give renters a treat. ParkLane is also very involved with community service. Judwin Properties work with schools in the area to provide 8-week programs in the field of property management. This program allows students to have the opportunity to work in either leasing, management or maintenance. Students can choose to work on-site at several apartment communities throughout the Houston Area. The ParkLane Cypress team has excelled with the changing environment by staying ahead of the game in terms of service, occupancy and the amenities that they offer. www.haaonline.org
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On the Scene Photos by HAA STAFF HAA Maintenance Appreciation Night Wednesday August 31 at Pitch 25 and PNC Stadium Sponsored by American Fire Systems, Ferguson Facilities Supply, Gemstar Construction Development, Valet Living and Watermark Restoration HAA members showed their appreciation to the back bone of the apartment industry, our maintenance professionals! Attendees enjoyed a happy hour at Pitch 25 followed by a great game cheering on the Houston Dynamo. Congratulations to $500 cash giveaway winners Immer Joachin, Centra Partners, and Ronald Reyes, GWR Management. For more photos, visit www.haaonline.org and scroll down to “photo galleries.”
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On the Scene Photos by HAA STAFF HAA Maintenance Appreciation Night
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On the Scene Photos by HAA STAFF HAA Maintenance Appreciation Night
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Get the lowdown,
virtually! Stay up to date and in the know via this monthly series. Join Howard Bookstaff virtually for an update on all things legal, from eviction procedures to local, state and federal law changes. Program fee: $45 per person Annual Property Subscription available: • $500 per property
Mark your calendars!
October 6 Sponsored by Best Plumbing
November 3 Sponsored by Redevelopment Services
December 1 Sponsored by Guardian Construction
First Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. 3 p.m. to 4: p.m. Via Zoom Registration closes at noon one day prior to the event date. Registrants receive access links via email one day prior to event date.
Watch your email and visit www.haaonline.org for the latest topics to be discussed.
Register online today at www.haaonline.org or call 713-595-0300 for details.
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On the Scene with the HAA NEXT NEXT Social: White Linen Night Thursday, August 25 at McIntyre’s Downtown Sponsored by American Fire Systems, Crestmark Construction and Gemstar Construction Development HAA young professionals celebrated the end of summer with an evening of networking, prizes and white linen.
MEET THE NEXT GENERATION OF HAA LEADERSHIP. This niche group within HAA is dedicated to the networking and professional development needs of HAA’s young professionals. Network with your peers and grow your career together among the next generation of HAA leadership! To Learn how to become involved with NEXT, see online at www.haaonline.org/next. 60
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Introducing HAA’s NEW MEMBERS
OWNERS Amplitude Management Elisa Zhang 1883 W Royal Hunte Drive #200A Cedar City, UT 84720 (425) 647-4030 Kendall Manor Ardent Vistas Equity Management Joshua Theander 3733-1 Westheimer Road PMB#894 Houston, TX 77027 (281) 740-9772 Referred by Randa Dick Avalon Associates Kenneth Bohan 3232 Avalon Place Houston, TX 77019 (713) 480-5256 Referred by Laura Lestus, CAS Broad Management Group Gedalia Miller 1 Paragon Drive #260 Montvale, NJ 07654 (845) 354-6800 Big Bass Resort Bryan Kennedy Bryan Kennedy 21239 Big Buck Drive Cleveland, TX 77328 (281) 797-1916 Cory Gilmore Cory Gilmore 2526 Country Road 344 Brazoria, TX 77422 (979) 481-1481 Referred by Sorrell Warren Cypress Creek Residential Allyson Pritchett 3267 Simmons St Houston, TX 77004 (409) 210-2025 Cypress Creek Residential - Properties
Mary Edwards Mary Edwards 1302 Waugh Drive #701 Houston, TX 77019 (713) 884-5774 Passco Companies Chris Rodriguez 2050 Main St #650 Irvine, CA 92614 (949) 442-1000 The Grayson Sapphire Bay Enclave at Woodland Lakes Pazos Holdings LLC Megan De Blonk 2401 Fountain View Drive #315 Houston, TX 77057 (832) 336-4604 Pazos Holdings LLC - Properties Rockwood Multifamily Kavita Bhakta 5214 68th St #201 Lubbock, TX 79424 (806) 798-0888 x1113 The Ranch at Sienna Plantation
SUPPLIERS Amano Alex Thompson 782 N 800 E #21 Provo, UT 84604 1 (870) 468-6983 Maintenance Supplies, Pool Furniture - Repair & Restoration, Water Treatment Equipment Service BXS Insurance Damon Rogers 1333 W Loop S #1000 Houston, TX 77027 (832) 499-4434 Insurance
CamTek Solutions Madeline Christensen 1530 Greensmark Drive #672645 Houston, TX 77067 (832) 237-6577 Alarm Systems, Security Control Equipment/Systems FASTSIGNS Missouri City Val Vannoy 9612 Hwy 6 #130 Missouri City, TX 77459 (832) 532-1344 Signs, Banners, Flags & Pennants FFH Inc DBA Liberty Builders Josalynne Williams 9700 Almeda Genoa Rd #201 Houston, TX 77075 (713) 239-2471 Building Contractors, Remodeling & Repair-Building Contractors
Pappas Roofing & Construction Bill Pappas 801 K Avenue #16 Plano, TX 75074 (972) 547-6631 General Contractors, Roofing Contractors Referred by Char McCurdy Parcel Pending By Quadient Liz Berglund 475 Goddard #150 Irvine, CA 92618 (832) 455-1972 Package Management Prosperity Bank Melissa Brundrett Martinez 811 Louisiana St #L140 Houston, TX 77002 (713) 693-9257 Banks, Financing
Gifford Roofing Devon Matson 1219 Durham Drive #110 Houston, TX 77007 (832) 495-0615 Roofing Consultants, Roofing Contractors Referred by Austin Lawley
R&M General Contractors LLC Richard Moreno 23802 Barca Rosa Circle Katy, TX 77493 (832) 748-0745 Gutters & Downspouts, Roofing Contractors Referred by Liz Macias
J National Contractors Scott Trainor 3322 Longhorn Drive Houston, TX 77084 (832) 919-8555 General Contractors, Electric Contractors, Plumbing Contractors
ALL SUPPLIER MEMBERS are listed online
Nizza Homes of Texas Jose Urdaneta 2725 Vossdale Road Houston, TX 77027 (405) 269-9371 Bath - Equipment & Supplies, Kitchen Cabinets, Doors & Door Products Referred by Nilo Quiroz
at www.haabuyersguide.com, searchable by product/service category or company name.
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Did you know HAA has a YouTube Channel?
The Houston Apartment Association’s YouTube Channel features a wealth of information on legislation, education, HAA history and much more! Catch up with HAA General Counsel Howard Bookstaff for The Legal Lowdown featuring guidance on hot legal topics affecting the multifamily industry. See lots of educational videos and seminars recorded to watch at your convenience. Check out our videos of members networking at past events and historic moments. Subscribe to our YouTube channel HAATV to get notices of new content. Subscribe today at https://www.youtube.com/HAATV
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The Go-Getters HAA’s MEMBERSHIP RECRUITERS
IGNITE YOUR MEMBERSHIP! Join the Go-Getter club and get fired up about recruiting for HAA!
Join our Quarterly Meetings! Be the top recruiter for each quarter and win $500 cash! Richard Wall Westdale Asset Management
Plus, for each new member you recruit, you’ll earn a chance to win gift cards ranging from $25 to $250! Visit www.haaonline.org/gogetters to get all the information you need.
Ryan Weis Crestmark Construction Services
Honorary Life Members Holiday with the Go-Getters! December 7 Claude Arnold Kenn Brown Tina Cavaco Terri Clifton Kevin Fenn Diane Gilbert Anita Harrison Dwayne Henson Mike Koch Merry Mount
Monette Reynolds Sherry Stevenson Kirk Tate Suan Tinsley Sonny Unverzagt Del Walmsley Nancé Wells H.P. Paul Young Jeanne Marie Zublin Dicks
at Kirby Ice House Memorial City 1015 Gessner 4 p.m. Visit www.haaonline.org/gogetters for more information.
THE GO-GETTERS ARE THE BACKBONE of the Houston Apartment Association. By recruiting new members, the Go-Getter Club helps both new management and supplier companies and the association grow for the future. To join the club and get going on recruitment, see online at www.haaonline.org or contact Amanda and Kaylon in the Membership Department at email@example.com. 64
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Law, continued from Page 12 Since notice on the outside of the door requires that certain specific additional action be taken, and is only available in limited circumstances, the best approach, if possible, is to affix the notice to the inside of the main entry door. It would also be beneficial to take a picture of the notice affixed to the inside of the door. Also remember to be prepared to state whether or not your property is subject to the CARES Act. The Property Code provides that the owner must give at least three days written notice to vacate before the owner files a forcible detainer suit unless the parties have contracted for a shorter or longer period in a written lease or agreement. The TAA lease provides for a 24-hour notice to vacate. However, if your property is subject to the CARES Act or the applicable HUD or Federal Housing Finance Agency rules, you would be required to give a 30-day notice in nonpayment of rent cases. The eviction landscape is different than it was three years ago. It is conceivable that it will never get back to the way it was. A “new normal” will need to be learned and accepted. Be prepared!
Want more Howard? He’s online! Want to see current and previous issues of ABODE online? Go to http://issuu.com/haa_abode.
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The Ambassador ONE Society HAA’s WELCOMING COMMITTEE
#BE A BLAKE
The Ambassadors honor and remember Blake Subinsky. Ambassador ONE Society members with at least 10 points, ranked by points earned, year to date: Giovanna Gone Xochitl Flores Crystal Varela Amanda Kelly Nilo Quiroz Tammy Broadway Teresa Schroit Susan Alvarado Mallory Hess David Hines Danyell Wilkerson Marcy Holmes Krysta Chacon Diana Moreno Samantha Hernandez Wes Sagendorph Amador Aguilar Tracey Leach-Moore Kimberly Scott Diamela Bravo Brian Alvarado Marcus Wheatfall Austin Lawley Pete Lopez Tiffany Torres Shaun Callaway Joe Slaughter Ramon Gasca Sucy Zepeda Sarah Davis Kyle Turney Steve Tabuena Debra Knight Grace Medley Drew Slaughter Jessie Smith Stacy Proctor Hank Preslar Kevin Thomas Rudi Carbajal Olevia Nguyen William Plows Jadrian Mitchell Michael Childress Daviana Cearley Joey Rodriguez Sean Cunningham Ryan Weis Audrey Guerrero Brooke Evans Ramon Martinez Matthew Nunn Andrew Middleton Jason Tillman Patrick Brothers Ruben Perez Jim Martensen Phillip Price Amber Whitaker Bo Hang Adoteh Joseph Akue Angel Lopez Gilbert Escobedo Tripp Halstead Brenna Parker Chris Bell Chrissie Smith Yvonda Lewis Grace Schaper Will Castro Brent Lindsey Chance Eggleston Deron Lewis Malik Hemani Ted Morgan
Century A/C Supply Zumper Century A/C Supply Brandt Electrical A/C & Heating Services PuroClean American Fire Systems, Inc. Advanced Exercise Century A/C Supply Century A/C Supply Orkin ApartmentData.com Designs by Holmes Interior Design BG Multifamily Jansen Adjusters International Houston Waste Services TACT Houston Pavement Services Flooring Warehouse That Kimberly,Marketing Doer LLC Green City Security Done Deal Consign Triple Seal Insulation Furniture Refinishing Services Gemaire Johnstone Supply Earthworks, Inc Arbor Contract Carpet Inc QNS Roofing Arbor Contract Carpet Inc Arbor Contract Carpet Inc FSI Construction Comm-Fit Restoration 1 of Central Houston Arbor Contract Carpet Inc Johnstone Supply BG Multifamily Arbor Contract Carpet Inc Waste Consolidators, Inc Arbor Contract Carpet Inc Vero Interiors Earthworks, Inc Johnstone Supply FSI Construction Earthworks, Inc The Urban Foresters Flooring Warehouse Crestmark Construction Services Infinity Roofing RentPath BrightView Landscape LLC Capital Construction Behr Paint Company City Wide Building Services Goodman MFG ATI Restoration Camp Construction Services HD Supply FSI Construction Redi Carpet Redevelopment Services Metropolitan Staffing Solutions Behr Paint Company Sunny Pressure Washing BG Multifamily Roadrunner Restoration Company Zumper Steward Trash Valet Service All Dry Services Minol USA Impact Property Solutions Arbor Contract Carpet Inc ATI Restoration Graphic Stylus Promotional Products Paul Davis Greater Houston
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Mark your calendars and join us! Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month: October 5, November 2 at Kirby Ice House, 1015 Gessner Road, 77055. Photo at right: “ONE of the Month” Crystal Varela, Century A/C Supply, with 315 points. David Hines, Orkin Pest Control, was second with 227 points and Teresa Schroit, Advanced Exercise, was third with 205 points. Photos below: The Ambassadors presented Blake Subinsky’s mom, Jackie Rhone, with his captain’s vest.
Ambassadors earn points by sharing leads, making introductions and visiting communities to promote HAA events and news.
THE AMBASSADOR ONE SOCIETY is an organized network exchange that helps supplier partners build their business contacts within HAA. It’s the perfect way for new suppliers to get started with the association. Group members share leads, make introductions and support HAA and its members. For details on how to join and for meeting dates, visit ww.haaonline.org/ambassadors or contact Amanda in the Membership Department at 713-595-0316, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 66
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Team photos at left, from top: First place – You Already Know with 728 points Second place – Bee HAAppy with 554 points Third place – Super Suppliers with 140 points
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Portfolio Changes The following owner/management companies have added the listed properties to their portfolios: • Allied Orion Group: Hollow Tree Parc, 280 units at 101 Hollow Tree Lane; Cleme Manor, 284 units at 5300 Coke St; and Sutter Ranch, 228 units at 10445 Greens Crossing Blvd. • AMC LLC: The Passages @ Rye 1255. 131 units at 1255 N Hwy 6, and The Fusion at Rye 3030, 137 units at 3030 W Sam Houston Pkwy S. • Amplitude Management: Kendall Manor, 272 units at 21717 Inverness Forest Blvd. • Ascension Commercial Real Estate LP: Skyview Flats, 312 units at 21447 FM 529 Road in Katy. • Asset Living: Envue Square, 135 units at 123 Winkler Drive; Addison at Sugarland, 288 units at 15000 W Airport Blvd in Sugar Land; Flats on Tanglewilde, 256 units at 2630 Tanglewilde St.; Domain Morgans Landing, 350 units at 3300 Bay Area Blvd. in La Porte; Gala at Four Corners, 90 units at 15010 Old Richmond Road in Sugar Land; Provision at Four Corners, 132 units at 15014 Old Richmond Road in Sugar Land; Dover Pointe, 168 units at 14445 Wallisville Road; The Henry at Rosenberg, 184 units at 3419 Fountains Drive in Rosenberg; Coventry Park, 128 units at 9401 Coventry Square Drive; Lafayette West, 118 units at 11601 Katy Fwy; Jubilee at Texas Parkway, 82 units at 3302 Texas Pkwy in Missouri City; and Gala at Texas Parkway, 86 units at 3102 Texas Pkwy in Missouri City. • Avan Property Management: Richmond Estates, 206 units at 14631 Richmond Ave. • Better World Properties LLC: The Avenue, 250 units at 5050 Yale St; Onyx, 438 units at 10300 S Wilcrest Drive; Mosaic, 504 units at 4025 Burke Road in Pasadena; Miramar Townhomes, 48 units at 2380 Bering Drive; Huntington Glen, 364 units at 12023 Bissonnet St; Casa de Dali, 46 units at 2810 Beauchamp St; and Buffalo Terrace, 16 units at 2017 Buffalo Terrace. • Boyd Legacy LLC: Briar Park Apartments, 80 units at 10401 Old Bammel N Houston Road. • Broad Management Group: Big Bass Resort, 200 units at 9701 Market St Road.
• Bue Properties LLC DBA Living Littell Property Management: 1507 California, 18 units at 1507 California St; 2212 Dunlavy, 20 units at 2212 Dunlavy St; 306 Stratford, 15 units at 306 Stratford St; and 606 Harold, 14 units at 606 Harold St. • CAF Management LLC: The Arden Cypress Station, 448 units at 905 Cypress Station Drive. • Cardinal Group Management: Twelve620, 288 units at 12620 Easttex Fwy . • Class A Management: Eagle’s Nest, 48 units at 270 Plez Morgan in Montgomery. • Cushman & Wakefield: The Cobalt At Lake Houston, 296 units at 14100 Will Clayton Pkwy in Humble. • Cypress Creek Residential: Cypress Creek Residential - Properties, 6 units in various locations. • Exponential Property Group: Eleva Apartments, 389 units at 1002 Katy Gap Road in Katy. • Finger Companies: Ascot Court Apartments, 149 units at 10910 West Road; 9900 on Memorial Apartments, 706 units at 722 International Blvd; 1900 Yorktown Apartments, 262 units at 1900 Yorktown St; and 500 Crawford, 400 units at 500 Crawford St. • Gemstone Management: Sycamore Gardens Apartments, 56 units at 4802 Sycamore Ave in Pasadena; Jackson Gardens Apartments, 42 units at 1010 Jackson Ave in Pasadena; Antoine Estates; 40 units at 9021 Antoine. • Greystar: Elan Harvest Green, 348 units at 3424 Harvest Bounty in Richmond,; The District at Washington, 396 units at 230 T C Jester Blvd; Elan Memorial Park, 297 units at 920 Westcott St; and Prose Cypress Creek, 240 units at 12202 Huffmeister in Cypress. • Indio Management: Villa La Jolla, 216 units at 10101 Forum Park Drive; Cabo San Lucas, 1,066 units at 9220 Nathaniel St; and The Heights at Post Oak, 940 units at 12500 Dunlap St. • Indus Management Group LLC: Las Rocas Apartments, 213 units at 5810 Fondren Road; Costa Verde Apartments, 265 units at 7000 Fonvilla St; Park Pointe Apartments, 306 units at 7900 Bellaire Blvd; and Fountains At Chimney Rock, 265 units at 5601 Chimney Rock Road. • Kaplan Management Co Inc: Villas at Birnham Woods, 140 units at 28235 Birnham Woods Drive in Spring.
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• Kastle Assets: Bend at Oak Forest, 392 units at 4000 Watonga Blvd. • The Lynd Company: Home at Waller, 118 units at 19240 Stokes Road in Waller. • Magnolia Property Company: COOP at Waterworks, 125 units at 616 W 20th St. • Mayfair Management Group LP: Richcrest, 288 units at 540 Richcrest Drive. • MedBayou REI: Hidden Park, 52 units at 4225 Mangum Road. • Oak Leaf Management Co: Magnolia Manor Townhomes, 36 units at 180 W Texaco Ave in Columbia. • Pazos Holdings LLC: Pazos Holdings LLC Properties, 34 units at various locations. • Portico Property Management: The Remi on Westheimer, 230 units at 13250 Westheimer Road; and The Peri on Westheimer, 300 units at 13328 Westheimer Road. • Q10 Property Advisors: Copperwood at Young St, 24 units at 311 E Young St in Dayton. • Radiance Living LLC: 5 Oaks, 228 units at 18203 Westfield Place Drive. • RAM Partners LLC: Preserve at Westchase, 480 units at10615 Meadowglen Lane. • Rockwood Multifamily: The Ranch at Sienna Plantation, 312 units at 8811 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. • Madera Residential LLC: The Ranch at Sienna Plantation, 312 units at 8811 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. • RPM Living: Broadstone Memorial Park, 358 units at 7655 Washington Ave, and 3800 Main, 319 units at 3800 Main St. • Sanmore Investments LLC: The Marisol, 100 units at 101 S Allen Genoa Road in South Houston. • Southhampton Management Inc: San Estrella, 318 units at 13475 Rincon Drive. • Springing Maple Woodbaker LLC: 1038 Ashland, six units at 1038 Ashland St. • Spry Property Management LLC: The Bienville Apartments, 22 units at 5714 Jessamine St. • Sutherland One Properties: The Bryson, 32 units at 8137 Rankin Roadd in Humble. • Talent Management LLC: Casa Grande Apartments, 63 units at 8800 Gulf Fwy. • Tarantino Properties Inc: The Ivy at the Galleria, 101 units at 6220 Fairdale Lane. • TE Enterprise/DBA Gia Capital: Gia @ Montrose, 20 units at 1846 Richmond Ave. • TriArc Living LLC: Oaks of Timbergrove, 372 units at 1700 Seaspray Court. • United Apartment Group Inc: Mason Park Apts, 312 units at 222 Mason Creek Drive in Katy. • United Apartment Group Inc: Regatta Bay, 240 units at 2555 N Repsdorph Road in Seabrook • Verve Assets LLC: Bayou Palms Apartments, 160 units at 13455 Woodforest Blvd. • Vicinia Property Management: Park Trails, 210 units at 15215 Blue Ash Drive. • Villic Capital: Tuscan Villas Apartments, 20 units at 6631 Ledbetter St. • Wilhoit Properties Inc: Bristol Apartments, 248 units at 1303 Greens Pkwy, and Mayfair Park Apartments, 178 units at 7450 N Shepherd Drive. • Windsor Communities: The Sterling at Regent Square, 590 units at 3515 W Dallas St. • WRH Realty Services Inc: Allure Hermann Park, 396 units at 5927 Almeda Road. • ZRS Management LLC: lexan5151, 397 units at 5151 Hidalgo St.
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SUPPLIER PARTNERS SERVING TO FACILITATE GROWTH AND STRENGTHEN THE INDUSTRY. The Product Service Council is a group of active supplier members whose objectives are to promote the active involvement and participation of supplier members. For more information on the council and how you can make your membership work for you, see online at www.haaonline.org/psc or contact Susan Hinkley at email@example.com.
There is a Place for You! The Houston Apartment Association’s Product Service Council is here to help supplier partners navigate the association. Learn how you can get the most out of your membership.
his month, we interview Debra Knight, CAS, of Comm-Fit, about the importance of being involved in HAA Community Outreach.
Tell us about your involvement with the HAA Community Outreach Committee? Community Outreach was probably the first committee I volunteered for when I was just joining the industry. I love the different events that I’ve been able to participate in over the years – Sports Challenge (raising money for ALS, Red Cross, etc.), the Holiday Food Drive, working with Interfaith Ministries. We are all so blessed, it’s always nice to be able to give back and this committee has given me many opportunities throughout the years. What HAA community service have you been the proudest to be a part of? Every year I really enjoy getting to help collect food and then package it up for the Holiday Food Drive. In the past, I was also able to participate in the holiday decorating for a family through Lisa Purdy’s “Deck the Halls” event. It was very rewarding to help decorate and then see the family’s surprise and gratefulness. What benefit and knowledge have you taken away from your involvement? Community service has always been a big part of my life, there is so much satisfaction in providing anything good in
our world and immediate environment. It’s always nice to work alongside anyone that wants to help their community and it helps you form bonds and relationships a typical office situation wouldn’t provide. Why is this a great group for supplier partner involvement? Community Outreach is great for suppliers becaus,e not only is it a great way to be involved with the community that is the reason our industry exists and supports us, but it’s a great opportunity to socialize and network with other suppliers and management in a way that is helping others. If you are looking for a way to get to know management on a personal level, community outreach is a great way to learn about what can bring joy to others. This committee isn’t about “work,” it’s about forming bonds and providing a service to our community. What advice do you have for suppliers on becoming involved in HAA's community service and volunteering? HAA’s Community Outreach is the perfect way to get your feet wet in participating in a committee. Community Outreach helps make you aware of what our industry is supporting and going through, but also gives you the opportunity to work alongside others in our industry to support the greater good. There are also a variety of ways to be involved throughout the year – so depending on what your passion is, there are lots of ways to find your place.
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Volunteer HAA The Houston Apartment Association’s committees and clubs are some of the most productive tools we have to ensure that we remain the nation’s largest and most effective apartment association. Members of the association dedicate their time to lead and serve on the various clubs and committees. Some general responsibilities of committee and club members include a commitment to attend all meetings and help develop marketing strategies (i.e. telemarketing, developing handouts, fliers, articles). To serve on any of these committees and clubs, please contact the HAA office at 713-595-0300, online at www.haaonline.org or email the departments listed below. Education firstname.lastname@example.org Education Advisory Council HAF Fundraiser Committee* Career and Community Development Committee Government Affairs email@example.com HAA Political Action Committee* Century Club* Media Relations Committee Fair Housing Committee Strategic Outreach Committee Membership firstname.lastname@example.org Ambassador ONE Society Go-Getter Membership Recruitment Club Expo Exhibitor Committee* Street Team* Community Outreach email@example.com Community Outreach Committee Product Service Council* Resident Relations firstname.lastname@example.org Resident Relations Committee *Note: These committees have specific requirements. Contact HAA for details.
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HAA STAFF CONTACTS Casey Watts Morgan, MPP, CEO Oversees the entire association staff and the association’s mission. Works directly with the HAA Board of Directors on all association functions. Contact 713-595-0304 or email email@example.com. Susan Hinkley, CAE, Chief Operating Officer Oversees staff and organizes events and volunteers for numerous Community Outreach programs, including the Food Drive and the All Stars Sports Challenge. Liaison to the HAA supplier committee, the Product Service Council. Contact 713-595-0313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bradley Pepper, Vice President, Government Affairs Monitors government actions in Houston, Harris County and surrounding cities and districts, as well as the state and federal levels. Keeps members kept up-to-date on government action – pro and con – and works with government policymakers to see that the needs of the apartment industry are considered. Contact 713-595-0303 or email email@example.com. Amanda Sherbondy, CAE, Vice President , Membership and Marketing Answers questions about member benefits and services. Assists supplier members in marketing their business to owner/management companies through ABODE and Directory & Buyer’s Guide advertising, selling exhibit space for the annual HAA Education Conference & Expo and sponsorship auctions. Contact 713-595-0316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Trey Wimberly, CPA, Chief Financial Officer Oversees cash management and revenue collection. Monitors operations and accounting for HAA's three corporations and the political action committee. Also handles personnel and employee benefits administration. Contact 713-595-0310 or email email@example.com.
Lauren Turner, CAE, CMP, Vice President, Education and Outreach Oversees the Houston Apartment Foundation education programs, credential programs and coordinates outreach meetings for the association’s 12-county area. Contact 713-595-0335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Madison Polston, Government Affairs Manager Works with members and staff to implement and achieve HAA public affairs and media/ public relations goals to meet apartment industry needs. Contact 713-595-0302 or email email@example.com. Lauren Ragin, CMP, Director, Events and Meetings Oversees and organizes general membership meetings, special events and fundraisers, including the gala, chili cook-off, Honors Awards, and volleyball and bowling tournaments. Contact 713-595-0323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tina DeFiore, Director, Rental Credit Reporting (RCR) Responsible for the sales and marketing of RCR, in partnership with CoreLogic, which includes the development of marketing plans, recruitment of new subscribers, collection of data, building partnerships with management districts and retention programs for existing customers. Contact 713-595-0330 or email email@example.com. Matilde Luna, Director, Resident Relations Answers questions from both apartment personnel and residents concerning the TAA lease and owners rights and responsibilities to provide an alternative to filing court cases. Oversees the two Resident Relations Committees. Contact 713-595-0331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Kaylon Newcomb, Member Services/ Marketing Manager Assists HAA staff and members with membership and marketing information. She handles membership records and updates and coordinates volunteer involvement. Contact 713-595-0322 or email email@example.com.
Will Alfaro, Director, IT/Webmaster/ Online Media Oversees online media including the Web site and email communications. Provides information technology and job board support. Contact 713-595-0327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deborah Nix, Director, Publications/Design Oversees the creative development, editorial content, design and distribution of association publications, including ABODE magazine, the annual Directory and Buyer’s Guide, branding, event marketing and related projects. Contact 713-595-0333 or email email@example.com.
Madison O'Bar, Communications Manager Oversees social media and video production. Researches, writes and edits articles, coordinates and leads interviews for ABODE magazine. Contacts and maintains relationships with outside writers and members on magazine content and maintains relationships with news media. Contact 713-595-0334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cindy Ramirez, Accounting Manager Assists in revenue collections and daily operational accounting items including recordkeeping, invoicing, form sales and member accounts. Contact 713-595-0311 or email email@example.com. Lan Tran, Accounting Assists in daily operational accounting items and recordkeeping. Contact 713-595-0308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cindy De La Riva, Education and Outreach Manager Handles course registrations and questions about designations and other education programs. Contact 713-595-0346 or email email@example.com.
Houston Apartment Association • 4810 Westway Park Blvd., Houston, Texas 77041 • 713-595-0300 • www.haaonline.org
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NAA Update, continued from Page 27 work with Congress and the Administration to advance the industry’s advocacy goals and responsibly and sustainably address the nation’s housing affordability challenges. NAA Continues HUD Outreach on Inspections For housing providers who participate in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, the inspections process is one of the most burdensome regulatory requirements. It is also one of the top motivators for housing providers who leave the HCV program or opt out entirely. According to research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 68 percent of rental property owners who do not participate in the program had once accepted vouchers and have since stopped. Over half of housing providers who were surveyed made these business decisions because of issues with capricious inspections processes. The National Apartment Association (NAA) continues its federal regulatory advocacy with HUD to address housing providers’ challenges with the HCV program. In NAA’s July
25 letter, we stressed that the industry shares HUD’s goals to provide quality housing for renters, yet housing providers face challenges with the HCV program because of current requirements and standards. Guided by member feedback, we proposed several solutions which are within HUD’s authority to implement immediately: 1. Allow greater leniency for housing providers who are aware of certain housekeeping issues and are working in good faith to resolve them while under timeline constraints. Rather than simply giving a citation, accept a plan of work with status updates; 2. Ensure inspectors allow on-the-spot resolutions of issues which are beyond the control of facilities teams and/or caused by residents; 3. Update requirements for certain repairs which are not industry standard. To resolve issues identified during the inspection, the industry would benefit from a 6-month cure period with clearly outlined requirements; 4. Provide inspectors with the authority to make decisions on contextual issues instead of following inflexible checklists. A greater effort to reduce inconsistent assessments from individual inspectors is essential for reasonable
preparation by the housing provider; and 5. To ease the hardship on preservation and rehab properties, we ask that inspections of these properties be delayed in accordance with existing HUD notice criteria. We will continue our discussions with HUD to ensure that HCV inspections requirements balance the needs of participating housing providers and their residents. We must encourage housing providers to enthusiastically and voluntarily participate in the HCV program through program enhancements as well as greater investment in program administration and vouchers. These sustainable housing policy solutions will improve renters’ access to quality, affordable rental housing; source of income mandates are not the answer. – By Ben Harrold For more information on Housing Choice Voucher Program policy, please contact Ben Harrold, NAA’s Manager of Public Policy. For more on the National Apartment Association, visit www.naahq.org.
Do you need to find a product or service for your property on the go? The Buyer’s Guide is online! Simply search for a member by name or category to find the most up-to-date HAA supplier member listings. You can contact the companies directly or use our “Request for Information” tool. It's quick and easy!
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On the Scene Photos by HAA STAFF
HAF Community Career Night Thursday, August 25 at the HAF Education Center Thanks to the volunteers and company representatives who took part in a career night at the Houston Apartment Foundation Education Center.
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Don’t have a copy of ABODE in hand? Find it, new or old, online! Got a computer or phone handy? ABODE magazine, the multifamily industry’s resource for what’s happening in the Houston-area apartment market, is available whereever you are. We are there, online and in your mailbox. Looking for a previous issue? It’s online too! Every month, our members-only publication highlights industry news and trends. ABODE is your resource for industry-specific legal and legislative news as well. Share your promotions and new hires in our “In The News” column, or the latest development in your area of expertise by writing an article. And get your name out there by advertising. Contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org to advertise and contact the Communications Department at email@example.com for details on editorial.
ABODE is there, no matter where. Look for ABODE in the mail the first week of each month, or read online at issuu.com/haa_abode.
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MarketLine By BRUCE MCCLENNY, President, ApartmentData.com
91.2% $1,262/mo. $1.42/sq.ft./mo. 890 sq.ft.
Recently Opened (12 months): 89 communities 22,727 units
• • • • • • • •
1000 – – 88.0 975 –
Under Construction: 60 communities 15,326 units Aug 22
Proposed Construction: 115 communities 34,513 units
History of Effective Rental Rate & Occupancy for All Units
Hottest Submarkets Over the Past Three Months
Annualized Rank 1 2 3 4 5
Operating Supply: 3,036 communities 717,648 units
Rental Rate (¢/sq.ft./mo.)
Past 12 Months: 9.0% rental rate growth 13,346 units absorbed
Occupancy: Price: Rental Rate: Size:
• • • • • • • • • • • •
Submarket Downtown Hwy 288 South/Pearland West Almeda/South Main Westpark/Bissonnet Conroe North/Montgomery
% of Market Absorbed 23,9% 15.7% 13.8% 14.7% 9.6%
Rental Rate Growth % 4.7% 1.7% 2.5% 0.8% 4.1%
Total Units Class w/Concessions All 170,567 A 61,626 B 52,003 C 47,995 D 8,943
% of Total Units 24% 31% 21% 24% 11%
Average Special -1.3% -2.0% -0.8% -1.2% -0.7%
Citywide Effect -5.1% -5.8% -3.7% -5.1% -5.0%
One Month Free = -8.33%
THE FIRST TABLE ABOVE GIVES A SNAPSHOT of the current market conditions. The graph displays the overall occupancy and effective rental rates over the past 24 months. These statistics are derived from a continuous survey of all apartment communities in the Houston region. The effective rental rates are the calculated net of concessions and utility adjustments. The second table lists the five hottest submarkets in the Greater Houston area. There are a total of 42 submarkets, and the ranking is based on the best combination of rental rate growth and absorption over the past three months. The third table distributes and analyzes concessions (specials) by classification. Concessions generally are represented by three types of specials: move-in, months free or floor plans. The effect of these specials is captured and prorated over a lease term to arrive at a percentage reduction in market or street rents.
Occupancy: Price: Rental Rate: Size:
Occupancy: Price: Rental Rate: Size:
Occupancy: Price: Rental Rate: Size:
93.0% $1,523/mo. $1.73/sq.ft./mo. 881 sq.ft.
92.5% $1,220/mo. $1.42/sq.ft./mo. 858 sq.ft.
92.1% $1,682/mo. $1.92¢/sq.ft./mo. 876 sq.ft.
Past 12 Months: 14.4% rental rate growth 16,824 units absorbed
Past 12 Months: 10.2% rental rate growth 2,867 units absorbed
Past 12 Months: 11.43% rental rate growth 11,969 units absorbed
Operating Supply: 3,377 communities 812,200847 units
Operating Supply: 987 communities 212,762 units
Operating Supply: 1,153 communities 275,407 units
ApartmentData.com has been providing apartment data and marketing products since 1986. ApartmentData.com provides real-time access for property specific information, market surveys and historic submarket data for more than 3.5 million apartment units in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina and Tennessee. For more information, contact Bruce McClenny at 800-595-8730. © 2022 ApartmentData.com October 2022
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with News from around the COMMUNITY
Join the HAA Food Drive for people and pets
HAA is asking all members to collect food, for both people and pets, to donate to the Houston Food Bank and The Rescue Bank. HAA held its first food drive in 1983, and the Houston Food Bank lists HAA as one of the top 25 donors to the organization. The drive begins November 1 through the beginning of December. If your property or company plans on a community effort this coming holiday season, why not collect food for the citizens of Houston and the surrounding areas who are food insecure. The Houston Food Bank is America's largest food bank leading hunger relief in 18 southeast Texas counties. The food bank collects for pets as well, so don’t forget our four-legged friends, too! Apartment managers, here are some ideas for collecting food on site: • Set up a collection box at the leasing office. The Houston Food Bank has collection boxes available, or you can decorate your own box. • Place a flier at each resident’s door or in your newsletter announcing that you will be collecting food during November. • Visit your local grocery store and ask for a supply of paper bags that you can use to place at each apartment door asking residents to fill the bag with nonperishable food for people and pets. • Place a flier in the mailbox area announcing the food drive and where/how to donate. Please contact Susan Hinkley at 713-595-0313 or email@example.com to participate.
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