The business of running a condo building or homeowners association—regardless of the size of the community—can often be complex. From interacting with vendors and service providers to handling conflicts between neighbors, managers and board members alike often feel like they could use some help, or just some friendly advice.
Aside from the publication you’re now holding, one of the best resources for managers and boards in the Chicagoland area is the Illinois chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI-Illinois), a group that exists solely to assist and advocate for the state’s community associations.
A Bit of History
As a national organization, CAI was founded in 1973 as “a multi-disciplinary non-profit alliance serving all stakeholders in community associations.” Today, CAI works to provide education and other resources to nearly a quarter-million condo, townhome, co-op and HOA communities, as well as the professionals serving them.
Nationally, about 62 million Americans live in homeowners associations, condominium communities, residential cooperatives and other planned communities. CAI has some 30,000 members in 60 state and regional chapters. Organization members include not just condominiums, homeowner associations, and other board-governed communities, but management firms, individual property managers, and homeowners themselves. Other members include real estate developers, mortgage lenders, legal and financial professionals, vendors and contractors, and public officials.
According to CAI-Illinois’ website, the group has an array of offerings and resources to help communities run more smoothly and efficiently, including education courses in a variety of formats for local board members, homeowners, managers, and other professionals. The group also offers accreditation programs for managers, and makes available CAI’s nationally-published books and guides on community association administration.