We are a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. We unite the housing community across NY through leadership, advocacy, education, & networking. You may know us as The New York Capital Region Apartment Association (NYCRAA) or even Under One Roof (UOR). In 2020 we went through a large territory expansion covering most of the state. In 2022, we decided a rebrand was in order to condense our two brands into one and also include our territories outside the Capital Region with our goal to protect residents and owners in mind.
"To unite the housing community across NY through Leadership, Networking, and Advocacy."
"To become New Yorks leading voice and trusted source for multifamily professionals."
Our charter from NAA covers the entire State of New York except Rockland County, Westchester County, New York City and Long Island.
The New York Capital Region Apartment Association was originally formed in 2004 by a small group of owners and property managers in the Capital Region of New York. The original three members would gather for lunch to talk about industry topics as well as problems they were having. They really enjoyed learning from one another, bouncing ideas off each other and just being around other like-minded industry professionals.
One of the founding members, Linda Griggs, was new to the property management industry when someone told her about an industry conference that was being hosted by the National Apartment Association (NAA). She attended this event and instantly knew her group needed to be a part of this. She was able to bring back a lot of information to equip her in her new role. She also was able to speak directly with NAA about how her organization could rollout a chapter. Linda attended this annual conference for the next 16 years until 2020 due to the cancellation with the pandemic.
Over the next three years, NYCRAA worked with an NAA chapter advisor to meet the necessary qualifications to be an NAA affiliate chapter. We became a legal entity, we continued to grow our member base, offering lunch and learn training classes, and finally, in 2007, we were officially granted NAA affiliate chapter status.
We continued to grow and slowly gathered members and in 2009 we hosted our first Golf Tournament. It was held at Normanside Golf Course with silent auctions and fundraised for local charities. In 2016, we hired our Association Executive, Tammy St Louis, to help with member recruitment. We also visited the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA) to get ideas and tips on how to run education events. After this we established our Education & Events Committee. We held our first event in many years and our first Fair Housing Event. We sold out our venue and over 100 people attended!
In 2017, Maintenance Mania was held for the first time.
In 2018, we gave our logo a facelift and expanded our territory to include Syracuse, Rochester & Buffalo.
what changed everything
2019 the Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) was passed. The passage of this legislation took the New York multifamily industry by storm and surprised many industry professionals. Member and non-member industry professionals alike were upset. They felt their side of the story had not been told and that lawmakers had forgotten about them. On July 1st, 2019, on the first day of the rental month we gathered over 100 owners and property managers into a packed room to learn about the implications of the new laws. Shortly after the law passing, we realized they didn't forget about us; we just didn't show up at the table for a conversation. Up until this point industry professionals as a whole had taken a passive approach to local and state advocacy efforts. With the passing of HSTPA, this all changed. Industry professionals were ready to advocate for themselves, and we felt it.
After a packed room in Albany, we took to the road, educating pockets of owners throughout the state but no matter how many spreadsheets we provided or questions we answered only one thing was obvious, we needed to come together as a state and have the association coverage across NYS.
We rented a room at Turning Stone Resort and organized a statewide owner-only meetup to discuss HSTPA. About 400 owners came to Verona, NY and we started organizing our efforts. From this meetup, we decided to get involved in lobbying and branded our legislative committee as Under One Roof.
WE ARE NY'S LEADING VOICE AND TRUSTED SOURCE FOR MULTIFAMILY PROFESSIONALS!
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