Community Realty Management believes that offering quality continuing education to our employees will lead to excellence in all of their endeavors. We are committed to our goal of connecting with our local communities and providing a personal approach to property management. Consistently delivering on that promise has won us numerous industry awards as well as the ongoing trust and loyalty of our residents and partners.
Communities of Quality®
Community Realty Management is proud that over the last five years 25 properties in our portfolio have been recognized as Communities of Quality®.
Most recently Newberry Estates was recognized at NAHMA’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., March 25-26, 2013. NAHMA presented four National Communities of Quality® Awards. Only one was awarded to a “family” development. CRM’s Newberry Estates was the only family development recognized as an exemplary community in 2013.
“It is quite an accomplishment to be named a National Community of Quality® Award winner,” said NAHMA Executive Director Kris Cook. “The process is competitive and takes into account not just a property’s structure and appearance, but the quality of its management and staff, finances, compliance scores and other factors.”
“The CoQ award submissions are meant to draw attention to the high quality for which much affordable housing should be known,” said Gianna Solari, NAHPe®, SCHM®, President of NAHMA. “From the buildings and grounds to the individual apartments to the programs and services aimed at bettering the lives of residents, the winners exemplify the asset that affordable housing is for thousands of communities across the country.” “The award winners are certainly great assets to their surrounding communities,” Solari said.
Newberry Estates is a 200-unit, garden style apartment complex whose unofficial motto is “We Build Community”.
To do this, residents benefit from superb property maintenance; exceptional and professional management; expanded resident services; community outreach; and an appreciation of every family who lives there. Its community center and Neighborhood Networks Center provide a hub for a number of programs, including financial literacy classes, tutoring, book clubs, scouting, social events, parenting instruction, family nights and more.
Especially positive and impactful is Newberry Estates’ 1-2-3 Playgroup, which teaches young parents how to play and interact with their young children. Newberry Estates’ staff is especially proud to have regularly had a NAHMA scholarship recipient among its residents. Among its unique programs is its annual Hometown Hero Luncheon, which honors local law enforcement and emergency service personnel. They give Newberry Estates the opportunity to showcase both the site and its residents and break down often negative stereotypes about affordable housing. Local businesses support Newbery Estates by way of monetary donations as well as goods and services. In cooperation with management, Newberry Estates’ residents volunteer to help organize programs and events, staff the library and provide tutoring to children. Such interaction leads to long-term retention rates as well as positive outcomes for residents.
Service Coordinator Grant Program
This past year, Community Realty Management’s senior properties were successful in being selected for new Service Coordinator Grants. The Service Coordinator Program provides funding for the employment of Service Coordinators in insured and assisted apartment housing that is designed for the elderly and persons with disabilities. A service coordinator is a social service staff person hired or contracted by the development’s owner or management company. The Service Coordinator is responsible for assuring that elderly residents, especially those who are frail or at risk, and those non-elderly residents with disabilities are linked to the specific supportive services they need to continue living independently in the housing development.
In 2012 only seven grants were awarded to Pennsylvania sites and out of the seven, two of the grants went to CRM properties. In New Jersey, one out of two grants that were awarded went to a CRM property.
Congratulations to the following:
Opportunities Towers I Located in Philadelphia, PA – Received $183,787.00
Opportunities Towers III Located in Philadelphia, PA – Received $ 42,751.00
Best of Life Park Located in Atlantic City, NJ – Received $186,976.00
Total Received in New Grants: $413,514.00
Professional Designations at CRM
Community Realty Management is proud that many of their employees hold impressive industry related and professional designations.
Company-wide there are 14 individuals who hold the designation of Assisted Housing Manager (AHM®), 8 who hold Certified Specialist (COS®), 5 who hold Hosing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP®) designations, 4 who hold Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM®) designations, 1 who holds a National Center for Housing Management (NHCH®) designation, 3 who hold the National Affordable Housing Profession Executive (NAHPe®) designation, 4 who hold the Low Income Tax Credit Compliance (TACCs®) designation, 8 who hold the Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation, 34 who hold the Accredited Residential Manager (ARM®) designation. That is a total of 81 designations company-wide with 3 new pending designees in 2013 for a total of 84.
Company-wide there are 10 employees who hold a New Jersey Real Estate license and 4 who hold Real Estate License in the state of Pennsylvania.
Hopewell Senior Place receives prestigious Pillar Awards
Hopewell Senior Place and Manager, Dianna Gould were the recipients of two prestigious awards from Highridge Costa Investors, LLC. HCI owns over 276 communities in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This was the first year that HCI presentment the prestigious Pillar Awards. The 2012 Pillar Awards were awarded to Hopewell Senior Place for Best Curb Appeal and Best Resident Activities to Hopewell’s Manager, Dianna Gould.
Hundreds of applications from across the country were received and hours spent in review for the selection process.
Both CRM and HCI are extremely proud of Hopewell Senior Place and extremely thankful for what Dianna Gould does on a daily basis for the residents and managing such a great community as Hopewell Senior Place. Congratulations to Dianna Gould, her staff and the residents of Hopewell Senior Place.
Luther Acres Service Coordinator Recognized by Cumberland County, New Jersey Board of Freeholders
Luther Acres’ Social Service Coordinator, Yvonne Farina, was recognized by the Cumberland County Board of Freeholders and received a proclamation saluting the volunteers of the state health insurance assistance program, which states, “that this Board, on behalf of the citizens of Cumberland County extends its best wishes and sincere thanks to all of the volunteers for their outstanding efforts on improving the lives of the residents of Cumberland County.” Yvonne volunteered for the SHIP program so she’d have a better understanding of the programs for the seniors at Luther Acres and put in a lot of time and effort. It was a very intense 5 day training session. She sat for a final exam and is now a counselor. She also attends quarterly meetings to keep updated on new information. CRM is proud of Yvonne’s outreach participation and accomplishments.