What is the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program?
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program (CFMHP) is designed to help residents, owners and managers of apartments keep drugs and other illegal activity off their property. CFMHP helps to improve neighborhoods and is active in nearly 2,000 cities internationally. The Arizona Multihousing Association is a co-founder and strong supporter of this crime-fighting program. The program demonstrates a good faith effort to learn about illegal activity, address community security concerns and educate residents about crime prevention.
Crime Free Multi-housing Lease Addendum – The addendum is a legal agreement between the resident and apartment community to keep illegal activity off the property. It states tenants or their guests will not engage in illegal activity on the premises, including–but not limited to–drug activity. In the event a resident or a guest of the resident violates the addendum, the law allows the property manager to serve the resident with a 24-hour eviction notice.
Phase 1) Apartment managers and maintenance supervisors undergo eight hours of classroom training by the local police agency. Among subjects covered are applicant screening, criminal background checks, use of the Crime Free Lease Addendum, eviction procedures and property security improvements. Additionally, information on local gangs and drug activity is provided along with presentations by the fire department and an attorney who specializes in landlord-tenant issues.
Phase 2) The program coordinator will inspect the property from a security viewpoint. The detailed checklist includes:
Phase 3) This phase requires residents to attend a minimum of one community event per year on their property. The event covers crime prevention tips and encourages neighbors to be aware of suspicious activity.
After completing each phase, a certificate is given to the property manager by the program coordinator.
Once a community completes all three phases, it is certified as a full member of CFMH Program. The designation, which is renewable annually, entitles the property to display exterior signs indicating its participation in the police-endorsed activity. Managers also can use the program logo on all their advertising, stationary and business cards.
Additional Program and Information
Arizona Multi-housing Association
It is the statewide non-profit trade organization for Arizona’s apartment and rental-housing industry. Membership includes 1,500 property managers, developers and owners of apartment communities. Together they account for about 185,000 housing units or almost 50 percent of all rental housing of two or more units in Arizona. Also included in membership are over 400 vendors and suppliers to the Multihousing industry.
Prevent Leasing Employee Assault and Sexual Endangerment is an education seminar sponsored by the Arizona Multihousing Association. It provides Multihousing personnel with information on how to avoid potentially dangerous situations and reduce the chances of a sexual assault.
FAX NET 1
It is a non-profit community network of law enforcement agencies, apartment communities, retail outlets, banks, hotels, neighborhood associations, convenience markets, hospitals, shopping malls and office buildings. Utilizing a fax machine, the network issues crime alerts about on-going area incidents to assist in the identification and capture of suspects.
CFMHP Discount Supplier Program
Arizona Multihousing Association associate members who participate offer special pricing for a variety of goods and services needed to become certified in the crime-fighting program. Items include: dead bolt locks, view holes, window and sliding door locks, security lighting, strike plates and screws and landscaping services. For a list of participating AMA associate members, contact the AMA office 602-224-0135 or 800-326-6403.
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