By Laura Otto
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed new stresses on many Americans, including those living in community associations. Managers and board members are addressing increased demands from homeowners while keeping up with their personal lives, while residents are often balancing work from home, remote learning for their children, and other challenges.
“We are mentally and emotionally taxed,” says Matt D. Ober, partner at Richardson|Ober|DeNichilo in Pasadena, Calif., and a fellow in CAI’s College of Community Associations Lawyers (CCAL). “Mental health issues aren’t new to community associations, but the pandemic has heightened these feelings and behaviors. It has become overwhelming for many managers and board members.”
It’s no surprise that mental health issues are on the rise across the U.S. According to community-based nonprofit Mental Health America, 19% of adults experienced a mental illness even before the pandemic, and 24% of those adults report an unmet need for treatment. More specifically, the U.S. Census Bureau found that 48% of adults ages 25-49 report feeling anxiety and/or depression during COVID-19.
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by Ursula Burgess
2020 will be remembered for its social unrest, political conflict, and a pandemic, all of which significantly impacted our lives. Weddings were rescheduled, schools went virtual, and our contact with one another was limited by 6 feet of social distance. It certainly was a challenging year, but I believe there were some positive aspects too.
Communities worked together to support their residents in unprecedented ways. We learned of volunteers who ran errands for older residents and others with compromised immune systems. We saw birthday and graduation parades replace the more traditional in-person party. Health care workers received additional support from communities as they worked tirelessly to help those in need. We saw kindness and compassion on many different fronts as we all faced the turmoil.
Many Americans have turned to side hustles or completely changed how and where their brick-and-mortar business operates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the country, a growing number of pet groomers, hair stylists, fitness instructors, daycare workers, and entrepreneurs have set up home businesses, posing a challenge to community association restrictions.
Generally, community associations have the right to restrict home businesses through provisions in their governing documents designed to maintain the residential qualities of the community. There also are times when state and local regulations may come into play.