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Jesus Azanza, Executive Director
Community Associations Institute - Greater Houston Chapter
Houston Area HOAs and Community Management Companies Increase Local Support During COVID-19 Pandemic
Community Associations Institute - Greater Houston Chapter members increase and expand philanthropic efforts to assist Texans in need
Houston, TX, April 30 – Members of the Community Associations Institute - Greater Houston Chapter (CAI-GHC), a professional organization representing HOAs throughout the Greater Houston metro area, have increased philanthropic efforts to protect the life, safety, health, and happiness of community residents and Texans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I have been uplifted by the response from our membership who have gone above and beyond to care for their families, friends, employees, co-workers, and clients,” said Amy Newsom, Board President of the Community Associations Institute - Greater Houston Chapter. HOAs and management companies have historically been good stewards of their communities who support residents, businesses, and local charities, adds Newsom.
Texas is home to over 20,000 community associations who serve over 5.5 million residents. As the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the U.S. and increased emotional and financial stress, the industry has responded in several ways, including but not limited to:
- Crest Management Company, AAMC, KRJ Management, and LEAD Association Management have teamed up to raise funds desperately needed for the Houston Food Bank to support Houstonians that have been affected directly and indirectly by COVID-19. The effort includes a challenge between the companies to raise the as much money as possible.
- Aliana Community Council has launched The Food Chain Project. Inspired by an Aliana resident, The Food Chain Project is a community initiative developed in partnership with County Commissioner, Ken DeMerchant of Precinct 4 in Fort Bend County, Center Court Pizza – a commercial tenant in Aliana’s commercial association, and Memorial Herman Hospital. The goal is to provide 100 large pizzas to the staff at Memorial Herman who are on the frontlines of COVID-19. Aliana Community Council will use excess funds to donate to the Friends of North Richmond, an organization whose mission is to end hunger. The Food Chain Project is expected to reach over 200,000 residents.
- C.I.A. Services, Inc. launched a Pay it Forward Challenge for its employees. Through a financial contribution made directly to individual bank accounts, employees were given the opportunity to use funds to help those negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including: front-line law enforcement employees, substitute and preschool teachers, restaurant workers, elderly neighbors, animal rescue groups, nursing home staff, and healthcare workers.
- Steeplechase CIA has made a $13,000 purchase of washable and reusable cloth face masks for residents in their community. Up to five masks per resident are being distributed through a car rider line at the school within the community with the help of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, residents with a graduate from high school or college can submit their name and photo which will be displayed on their community’s LED Sign.
Jesus Azanza, Executive Director of CAI-GHC, states that responsible giving and the compassionate leniency shown by the organization's members have played a fundamental role in bringing communities together during the pandemic, adding that “community associations and management companies throughout Houston continue to show great resolve by empowering residents and employees to support their neighbors.”
About Community Associations Institute - Greater Houston Chapter
Community Associations Institute - Greater Houston Chapter is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit trade association with over 800 members who serve community associations throughout the nine county Greater Houston metro area. For more than 40 years, CAI-GHC has been the leader in providing education and resources to the volunteer homeowners who govern community associations and the professionals who support them. Members include community association volunteer leaders, professional managers, community management firms, and other professionals and companies that provide products and services to associations. Learn more at