Homeowners Management Company Launches HMC Connect!

Homeowners Management Company, LLC (HMC) has partnered with Nabr Network, the leading mobile and web communication system built specifically for community management companies and their associations, to launch HMC Connect: an exciting mobile app and website to keep communication flowing in your community associations.

Stay connected with your community by logging in to your association’s website.

With HMC Connect you can:

  • Receive notifications, messages and reminders related to your community association
  • Make a payment or check your account status
  • Find association documents, forms and event information
  • Find contact information for the management office
  • Connect with your neighbors

To learn more about HMC Connect and how it can improve communication in your community, give us a call today!

Your Community. Our Commitment.

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HMC Welcomes New Clients

A warm welcome to the boards of directors and homeowners of the following communities who made the switch to Homeowners Management Company in the first half of 2019.  Thank you for putting your trust in Team HMC to manage your community association!

The Beacon Ridge Association

TAXCO Condominiums Homeowners’ Association

Northwood Condominium Association

Woodminster Homeowners Association

Cornerstone Owners Association

Ygnacio Gardens Homeowners Association

Piedmont West Condominium Association

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Mental Health Matters Month, Continued…Recovery Through Work & Community

After recently upgrading the office phone system, HMC took the opportunity to donate our previous phone system hardware to an incredibly inspirational local non-profit organization known as the Putnam Clubhouse. HMC Team members received a personal tour of this impressive facility in Concord and were amazed at the breadth of services offered by this group of dedicated and passionate individuals. Their motto is, “We believe each person with a mental illness can rebuild a meaningful and productive life.”

More than 10,000 residents are hospitalized for a severe mental illness in Contra Costa County each year. Adults recovering from mental illness yearn to participate in society in meaningful and productive ways. That’s why The Contra Costa Clubhouses, Inc. started Putnam Clubhouse in 2008.

Three out of four people with a mental illness report having experienced stigma.

Stigma unfairly robs them of the opportunities that define a good quality of life: employment, safe housing, and satisfactory health care, to name only a few. The Clubhouse is a special place that helps adults in Contra Costa County coping with mental illness regain their lives. Free of charge to program participants, they offer a network of support—including access to employment, education, healthcare, social services, and friendship—in a structured, welcoming environment that leaves the stigma of mental illness behind. Members learn and improve vocational and social skills while working together to run all aspects of the Clubhouse—everything from clerical to cooking, governance to fundraising.

Putnam Clubhouse members (program participants), staff, board members, friends and community partners will gather on Friday, May 17, 2019 to clean up a corridor of Willow Pass Road in Concord, CA. The clean-up campaign, Sweep Away Stigma, will bring the community together to raise awareness about the negative impact of stigma on people living with a mental illness while helping beautify Putnam Clubhouse’s neighborhood. Awards for the top clean up team and individual will be presented by Concord Mayor Carlyn Obringer. Visit www.putnamclubhouse.org for more information about this event which will raise funds to support Putnam Clubhouse programs, or Contact Executive Director Tamara Hunter at (925) 691-4276 for more information.

Other Mental Health Matters resources:

https://www.eachmindmatters.org/

National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)

National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month – #WhyCare?

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, join Team HMC in helping NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) raise awareness around mental health.

Each year, the movement grows stronger. Raising awareness on your own, as part of a small group or part of your community can make a difference. Taking action and raising awareness of mental health conditions can break down obstacles and improve the chance of recovery. Learn how you can make a difference in your community and for millions of Americans across the U.S.

The WhyCare? campaign is an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to others, in mental health treatment and services and in support and education to millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness. Demonstrating how and why we care brings more to awareness by showing our actions and connections to others. Care has the power to make a life-changing impact on those affected by mental health conditions.

Mental Health Facts

  • 1 in 5 (46.6 million) adults in the United States experience a mental health condition in a given year.
  • 1 in 25 (11.2 million) adults in the United States experience a serious mental illness in a given year.
  • Approximately 46.6 million adults in the United States face the reality of managing a mental illness every day.
  • Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
  • Up to 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness as revealed by psychological autopsy. 46% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental illness.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. With effective care, suicidal thoughts are treatable, and suicide is preventable.
  • Individuals with mental health conditions face an average 11-year delay between experiencing symptoms and starting treatment.
  • Common barriers to treatment include the cost of mental health care and insurance, prejudice and discrimination, and structural barriers like transportation.
  • Even though most people can experience relief from symptoms and support for their recovery in treatment, less than half of the adults in the United States get the help they need.

What Is Stigma?

People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Stigma is when someone, or you yourself, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as shame that can be felt as a judgement from someone else or a feeling that is internal, something that confuses feeling bad with being bad.

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to cope with stigma and how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us.

Take the stigmafree Pledge

Mental health matters to everyone. Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the pledge to learn more about mental illness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues. Take the pledge and raise awareness.

  • Learn about mental health—educate myself and others
  • See the person not the illness—strive to listen, understand, tell my own story
  • Take action—spread the word, raise awareness, make a difference

TAKE THE PLEDGE

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TEAM HMC HELPS FIGHT HUNGER IN LOCAL COMMUNITY

Did you know that the Contra Costa Solano Food Bank serves 178,000 people (1 in 8) living in Contra Costa and Solano counties each month? Supporting your local food bank is one of the best ways to make a direct impact in your community.

Team HMC was proud to volunteer at the Contra Costa Solano Food Bank on the afternoon of Friday May 3rd. In addition to volunteering our time, and thanks to the generosity of a handful of our service partners, we were also able to provide considerable donations of food and money to this important community resource. Together we are helping the food bank fulfill their mission to end hunger, in partnership with our community and in service to our neighbors in need.

Special THANKS to the following service partners for their generous support:

Association Maintenance Services

Coast Landscape Management

Angius & Terry, LLP

ALP Construction

Whit’s Painting

You too can support the food bank!

  • Get your tickets now for the upcoming Nourish Gala, a black tie optional event at Diablo Country Club on the evening of June 1st!
  • Nourish 365 is an ongoing campaign to fight hunger with a monthly giving program.

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Giving Back to the Community

Team HMC will be volunteering at the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano on May 3, 2019 for a hands-on afternoon of giving back to the community. If you would like to show your support we’d love to include you! You can make monetary donations payable in the form of a check and/or money order payable to “Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano” in the memo please put #teamHMC. All monetary donations need to be received by HMC no later than 5:00pm on May 2, 2019.
Below is a list of a food items we will be collecting until May 2, 2019:
  • Canned meat, fish & soups
  • Canned ready to eat meals
  • Canned Vegetables & tomato products
  • Peanut butter (plastic containers)
  • Iron rich cereal (45% or more of daily value)
  • 100% Fruit juices (48oz or less plastic bottles)
  • Canned fruit (in juice)
  • Dry beans (any type)
  • Enriched rice or pasta
  • Powdered milk
As a friendly reminder we are always collecting travel size toiletries, socks, pet food and blankets for the homeless in Concord. Please feel free to drop off any items you wish to donate at our office, or schedule a time to come discuss ways in which we can partner to better our communities; send a note to info@hmcpm.com. We appreciate your support!
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HMC Participating in the annual Day at the Capitol- April 8 & 9

California Legislative Action Committee’s Day at the Capitol Event
Each year, Team HMC and other members of Community Association Institute (CAI) gather in Sacramento to educate legislators on current issues affecting California’s 55,000 community associations. During this two-day event, April 8-9, we will attend briefings with CAI’s lobbyist to learn what new changes are on the horizon before descending upon the State Capitol building and making our way through the halls, meeting with our state legislators and their representatives to make (y)our voices heard. If you are an active HOA Board Member and would like to attend this event, please let us know by emailing info@hmcpm.com.
These visits serve multiple purposes; educating legislators, seeking support for or against specific bills making their way through the system as well as showing our appreciation for past support of our positions on major issues impacting community associations in California.
Two early priorities will be to support SB434 authored by Senator Bob Archuleta and to oppose SB323 authored by Senator Bob Wieckokski. SB434 is a CLAC-sponsored bill which would add language to the Davis Stirling Act regulating how community association records are transferred from one manager to another when a change occurs. CAI is co-sponsoring the bill with CACM’s support to ensure a professional process when an association elects to change management companies.
SB323 by Senator Bob Wieckokski is the reintroduction of SB1265 which thankfully, failed last year. The only change in this version is a requirement for an association to hold an election at least once every 4 years. Otherwise it’s identical to last year’s failed SB1265 and would prohibit a Board from disqualifying a member involved in litigation with the HOA or who owes past-due assessments from being a candidate for the Board of Directors. It would allow the election ballots and ballot envelopes with a members mailing address and signature to be photocopied by any member, raising concerns about privacy, identify theft and potential fraud. Further, it would change the burden of proof to require an Association be able to prove that any mistakes that may have occurred in the election process were unintentional and did not impact the outcome. Overall, we believe the bill is poorly conceived and will put additional financial burden on the associations it is meant to serve.
If you would like more information on either of these bills or to learn how to get involved in CAI’s CLAC, please email us: info@hmcpm.com.
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New Senate Bills and How They Might Affect You and Your Community

AB 2912: Association Finances

AB 2912 was created to protect the financial assets of common interest developments. This bill is meant to help protect against fraud and embezzlement. The three main aspects of this bill are:  1. To require that the association maintain fidelity bond coverage with limits that mirror the most common current lending guidelines. This is to protect the association’s reserves and operating funds from employee theft, including management employees. Every management company should have their own fidelity coverage as well.  HMC’s service agreements require both to be in place for the best protection.   2. Prohibit any electronic transfers of funds without approval by the board.  Current law requires that two Board members authorize payments made from reserve funds. This goes further to require that the Board approve any electronic transfers of funds, which is essential in today’s banking environment.   3. Require monthly reviews of financial statements. Current law requires the Board to review reconciled bank statements and financial statements at least quarterly:  “Review”, not “approve”. This doesn’t mean the Board has to have more meetings. The review doesn’t have to be at a meeting. Looking at the bank statements and financials monthly makes good sense to us. We want the Board to be informed and up to date.

 

SB 1128: Board Member Elections

SB 1128 will change existing law which allows an association that is required to deliver a document by “individual delivery” or “individual notice” to deliver the email by electronic means if the recipient has consented in writing. This bill now authorizes the recipient to consent to that delivery and revoke that consent by email. In addition, this bill now requires a 28 day general notice by the association before making a new rule.

SB 1265: Director Elections and Procedures

The Senate Bill 1265 is a bill seeking to prohibit California community associations from establishing ANY qualifications for candidates running for Board of Directors.  Potential qualifications could be as straight forward as stating that the candidate must be a resident owner, or that the candidate must be in good standing with the community in regard to payment of their assessments and fees.  This bill would allow ANYONE to run for the Board of Directors. This is just dumb and should be opposed.

SB 1480: Manager Certification Sunset Elimination

This bill is established by the Department of Consumer Affairs, and seeks to change the rule that the boards have to meet 2 times a year with the department, instead of 3 times. Through this Senate bill, it will allow people to meet efficiently both the department and board, resolve issues and make the right solution.

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What is Senate Bill 1265?

California Senate Bill 1265 is a bill seeking to prohibit California community associations from establishing qualifications for candidates running for the Board of Directors. In addition, Senate Bill 1265 is attempting to add Civil Code Section 4801 which seeks to codify common interest developments the same as quasi-governmental entities, paralleling the two.

How it will affect your community association

Senate Bill 1265 would prohibit your community association from enforcing any qualifications for candidates running for the Board. These qualifications could be as straight forward as stating that the candidate must be a resident owner, or that the candidate must be in good standing with the community in regard to payment of their assessments and fees. This bill would allow anyone to run for the Board of Directors. In addition, common interest developments will be held to the same standard as quasi-governmental entities in terms of power, duties, and responsibilities, further discouraging residents to volunteer to serve on their HOA Board of Directors.

We urge you to contact your local representative and encourage them to vote against Senate Bill 1265 – link here.

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HMC joins the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in the fight against cancer on 6/23/18

Homeowners Management Company will be participating in this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life taking place on June 23rd, 2018 in Dublin, CA. This event is particularly meaningful to the team at HMC especially after losing their team member Tina Buxa to her long battle with cancer four years ago. This disease has impacted the lives of many on the HMC team by effecting and taking away their loved ones. HMC is proud to take action against this disease that takes away from so many.

Over the next few weeks, HMC will be fundraising for the American Cancer Society and on the day of the event they will honor the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who selflessly help others. Together, with our friends and customer support, HMC will be a part of making a difference towards this important cause.

The money raised through Relay For Life events helps realize the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate life, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Donations are used to fund life-saving cancer research, patient support services, prevention and education information, and detection and treatment programs.

Relay For Life provides communities with the information and tools they need to reduce their risk of getting cancer or have early detection and treatment of the disease. Individuals benefit from the progress being made toward finding cancer’s causes and cures and get access to lifesaving screenings and treatment.

HMC recognizes that every dollar raised brings us one step closer to a cancer free world where not another life is lost to the disease. You can join the HMC team in fighting cancer and support their fundraising efforts by making a donation or joining our team at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/teamHMC.

Relay For Life information:
June 23rd, 2018
Dublin, CA
http://main.acsevents.org/goto/teamHMC.

Homeowners Management Company (HMC) is a full service community association management firm delivering tailored financial, administrative, and operational management solutions to common interest developments and homeowners associations in Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Solano, and Napa counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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