Vista De Oeste II benefits from volunteers organized by Community Association Institute
PHOENIX, Az. – To say west Phoenix communities were challenged by the downturn in the housing market would be an understatement. Homeowner associations were particularly hit hard because as home foreclosures increased, it became much more difficult for HOA boards to collect monthly assessments to keep their communities running.
‘HOA board members were afraid to raise assessment costs because of the financial difficulty it would put on residents,’ said Mike Kuzmin, vice president of FirstService Residential, an Arizona-based community association management company. ‘The result was HOAs had a hard time maintaining common areas.’
Vista De Oeste II is an example of a community association dealing with this dilemma. So Kuzmin turned to the Community Associations Institute-Central Arizona Chapter to see if the nonprofit trade association could help Vista De Oeste II in anyway.
CAI-CAC executive director Kayte Comes began lining up local businesses to donate paint and other materials needed for the HOA makeover. She also put a call out to volunteers who would help paint the pool area, wrought iron fencing, speed bumps, curbing and pony walls of the community. Comes also arranged for the community to have new bilingual signs installed.
The end result is a gathering of an estimated 200 volunteers who will help with the cleanup and makeover of Vista De Oeste II on Saturday, October 19.
‘The community cleanup and makeover at Vista De Oeste II is about bringing the community together and helping instill a sense of pride with residents,’ said Kuzmin.
An added benefit of improving the community’s aesthetics is improving safety. According to the broken window theory, areas with unmaintained properties see a higher incidence of crimes.