Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 20 Oct, 2015

CFMH Process and Benefits


  • “Are you concerned about nuisance or criminal activity in your rental community?”
  • “Are you interested in establishing a more stable, satisfied long-term resident base?”
  • “Would you like to provide a safe and secure environment for your residents?”

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program and training is right for you! 

2-Day Training for 2016
SEPTEMBER 22 & 29, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm  

The cost is $75 per person. We need at least 15 confirmed attendees to have this class. REGISTER HERE .

If you prefer, you may pay with check to:
  Spokane C.O.P.S.
  6107 North Astor Street
  Spokane, WA  99208

Trainings are typically done twice a year. Call 509-625-3301 for more information on how you can get your multi-family housing unit involved.

The Purpose of Crime Free Multi-Housing

Our Crime Free Multi-Housing program (CFMH) assists landlords in developing effective partnerships in a neighborhood environment, and fostering a safe, healthy, family-oriented place to live. Our purpose in training landlords and tenants is to help you develop more effective partners in our effort to keep our neighborhoods safe – free from chronic drug dealing and illegal activity. Landlords want to provide a clean, safe place to live. Most tenants want to be good neighbors and citizens. The premise of this program can bring about a better partnership between local government and community, and ultimately produce safer, more stable neighborhoods. Drug abuse, antisocial behavior, defacing and destruction of property, theft and acts of violence are all symptoms of non-functional, deteriorating neighborhoods. The Spokane Crime Free Multi-Housing program can be the vehicle for citizens working toward an improved quality of life. We are encouraging all responsible landlords who desire a crime-free environment to take part in this program. In addition, the CFMH program is designed to prevent tenants from abusing rental housing and disrupting neighborhoods in Spokane.

This program is for anyone that owns or manages multiple single-family homes or buildings with 2 or more units and offers: 

  • structured and common rules of compliance
  • a communication network
  • a valuable marketing tool for property owners

How the Program Works:

This program calls on managers to make creative steps toward providing a clean and safe environment for citizens of Spokane. The program uses a 4-level approach to eliminate crime in single and multi-family communities, to reduce calls for police service and to foster a clean, healthier, more stable living environment.

  1. A comprehensive training program for property owners/managers
  2. CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) security requirements for participating properties
  3. Meetings with residents (minimum of 2 meetings per year)
  4. Designation of a manager/resident liaison to the nearest C.O.P.S. or S.C.O.P.E. Substation

Who Benefits from Crime Free Multi-Housing?

Most owners/managers want to rent to non-disruptive tenants. Further, renting to criminals can lead to dramatic declines in property values, severe property damage, drug raids, toxic contamination from drug labs and loss of rent during evictions and repairs and ultimately animosity between residents and owners/managers and the community at large. In contrast, participating owners/ managers reap numerous benefits from this program. 

Benefits may include:

  • A stabilized, more satisfied tenant base, with increased demand for rentals.
  • Improved property values, lower maintenance and repair costs.
  • Improved level of personal safety for both tenants and neighbors.
  • Peace of mind from spending less time on crisis control.

Landlords tell us the course provided them with screening tips they hadn't heard before, or helped them deal successfully with tenants involved in illegal activity. Program evaluations indicate a high percentage of property managers who attend the training program plan to make changes in the way they manage their property. To date, we have conducted numerous voluntary property inspections and approved properties as “Crime Free Multi-Housing” locations.

Call 509-625-3301 for more information on how you can get your multi-family unit involved.

Are you a tenant and would like to see your landlord make use of this program? Call us and we’re happy to help you get the information you need to get your landlord involved.

Check out these articles, Washington Laws, and housing resources referencing Crime Free Multi-Housing and related topics:

Article – CFMH Spokane's Approach to Crime Free Multi-Housing
Article – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Article – Combating Crime Problems in Rental Property
Article – Taking Action as a Manager
Article – Safe Streets – Creating a Neighborhood Free from Nuisance
Residential Landlord-Tenant Act

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