HOA’s Harm
HOA’s DISCRIMINATE AGAINST FAMILIES WITH KIDS
Hidden Housing Discrimination Many HOA’s systematically and strategically engage in decisive, but subtle organizational conduct, that suppresses and severely limits association services (“amenities”) especially to families with children. This is called “de jure” and “de facto” discrimination in housing/services based on familial status, i.e., families with children under 18. Here’s how it has works… “VIP” Group(s) Gain Control of Association Governance, Elections, Management and Media Rigging Elections (see below) Concealing Election Irregularities Censoring Association Media - mis & dis-information Eliminate uncooperative directors - Recalling, discrediting, censuring, threatening Flouting Assn. By-laws Using legal counsel to obtain self-serving interpretations of by-laws Allowing bullying of members who advocate for family/kids services Creating a hostile community/work environment. Threatened litigation and/or financial ruin unless their demands are met Generally, obfuscating the issues Blocking Development of Services to Families/Kids -- Ignoring committee recommendations Promising to increase services to families/children with token or no follow-through Blocking or reducing funding Pouring funds into more “favored” amenities, e.g., golf, concerts Delaying and/or Minimizing Maintenance/ Upkeep of Existing “Family” Facilities -- Playgrounds/Parks - Repeated delays of improvements & maint. Meanwhile, spending lavishly on “favored” amenities Allowing certain facilities to deteriorate; sometimes until condemned Minimally maintaining/upgrading assn. playgrounds/parks Delaying implementation of adequate community fire protection. Misappropriation of Funds Leading To Diminished Services for Families/Kids -- Continuous & increased funding of select amenities - “VIP” favored amenities Amenities with low or negative-cost-effectiveness Amenities historically used only by a small group Continuously using “Dues” to cover same select amenities (while neglecting others) Awarding vendor contracts to family/friends of “VIP” group. Causing “Reserve” shortages by continuous funding of negative-cost-effective amenities Covering-Up assn. fiscal problems to hide above Concealing (& minimizing) All Above from New Buyers -- Many families with kids seek-out HOA’s because of amenities Continuing to promote HOA as “family-oriented”, despite the reality Continuing discriminatory practices despite increases in families-with-kids population Prospective & new buyers unable to make “informed decisions” New buyers at risk of disillusionment & resentment Unreported Reserve shortages deceive buyers & limit new amenity development At one very large HOA in No. CA, this type of discrimination has been led and actively orchestrated by a small core group
HOA’s Harm
HOA’s DISCRIMINATE AGAINST FAMILIES WITH KIDS
Hidden Housing Discrimination Many HOA’s systematically and strategically engage in decisive, but subtle organizational conduct, that suppresses and severely limits association services (“amenities”) especially to families with children. This is called “de jure” and “de facto” discrimination in housing/services based on familial status, i.e., families with children under 18. Here’s how it has works… “VIP” Group(s) Gain Control of Association Governance, Elections, Management and Media Rigging Elections (see below) Concealing Election Irregularities Censoring Association Media - mis & dis-information Eliminate uncooperative directors - Recalling, discrediting, censuring, threatening Flouting Assn. By-laws Using legal counsel to obtain self-serving interpretations of by-laws Allowing bullying of members who advocate for family/kids services Creating a hostile community/work environment. Threatened litigation and/or financial ruin unless their demands are met Generally, obfuscating the issues Blocking Development of Services to Families/Kids -- Ignoring committee recommendations Promising to increase services to families/children with token or no follow-through Blocking or reducing funding Pouring funds into more “favored” amenities, e.g., golf, concerts Delaying and/or Minimizing Maintenance/ Upkeep of Existing “Family” Facilities -- Playgrounds/Parks - Repeated delays of improvements & maint. Meanwhile, spending lavishly on “favored” amenities Allowing certain facilities to deteriorate; sometimes until condemned Minimally maintaining/upgrading assn. playgrounds/parks Delaying implementation of adequate community fire protection. Misappropriation of Funds Leading To Diminished Services for Families/Kids -- Continuous & increased funding of select amenities - “VIP” favored amenities Amenities with low or negative-cost-effectiveness Amenities historically used only by a small group Continuously using “Dues” to cover same select amenities (while neglecting others) Awarding vendor contracts to family/friends of “VIP” group. Causing “Reserve” shortages by continuous funding of negative-cost-effective amenities Covering-Up assn. fiscal problems to hide above Concealing (& minimizing) All Above from New Buyers -- Many families with kids seek-out HOA’s because of amenities Continuing to promote HOA as “family-oriented”, despite the reality Continuing discriminatory practices despite increases in families-with-kids population Prospective & new buyers unable to make “informed decisions” New buyers at risk of disillusionment & resentment Unreported Reserve shortages deceive buyers & limit new amenity development At one very large HOA in No. CA, this type of discrimination has been led and actively orchestrated by a small core group of Association owners (roughly 5-10%) since about 1995. It still continues today. Over time, this small group has developed an organized cadre of individuals comprised of Assn. members, current and ex-directors, current and ex-committee members, current and former staff (employees), vendors and renters. Collectively, they have carried out de jure and de facto discrimination against families with children by use of the above mechanisms. back to Contents