Providing Better Communities to Call Home

Essex is proud to manage over 60,000 apartment homes, providing homes for more than 100,000 people. The focus of every Essex associate is to ensure residents enjoy living at our communities by listening to our residents, upgrading our portfolio to make our properties more attractive places to live, and providing the most desirable amenities and services. We help our local teams achieve a sense of belonging in our communities and feel at home. These are the extra steps that create better communities.
REQUESTING AND ACTING ON FEEDBACK
LISTENING TO OUR RESIDENTS AND FOSTERING COMMUNITY
We actively monitor resident engagement levels by collecting over 64,000 resident responses from our 2018 survey.

We provide homes and amenities designed to promote resident gatherings and to build connections to each other. In 2018, we spent $700,000 on community initiatives. We offer community events including poolside yoga, CPR classes, and cooking classes.
HEALTH & WELL-BEING
HEALTH & WELL-BEING
We take our residents' health and well-being seriously and take steps to improve indoor air quality and eliminate harsh chemicals, provide smoke-free areas, use low- or no-VOC paints, and install carpets that are Green Label Plus certified. Additionally, we promote a healthier lifestyle for our residents with high quality amenities; 86% of our communities have a fitness center and 84% have a swimming pool.
COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY
COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY
Our volunteer program is aimed at supporting and encouraging eligible associates to become actively involved in their communities. Essex Volunteer Policy permits eligible associates to take up to eight (8) paid work hours each calendar year to participate in volunteer work.

In 2018, we provided homes to those with lower incomes by providing rent subsidies that totaled $36.4 million related to 4,492 affordable apartments.
SUSTAINABLE AND SMART LIVING
SUSTAINABLE AND SMART LIVING
We seek to own communities that benefit from public transportation, major thoroughfares, and shopping areas to minimize our residents' impact on the environment.

  • 97% of Essex apartments are within half a mile of a public transit stop.
  • 98% of Essex apartments have over 100,000 jobs within a 10-mile radius.
  • 59 Essex communities with electric vehicle charging stations.
Commitments & Goals
RESIDENTS
  • Essex will continue its commitment to:
    • receive and increase residents’ feedback through surveys,
    • promote better communities by offering events and desirable amenities to improve our residents’ experience,
    • implement 100% paperless lease and work orders by 2020, and
    • develop and launch green programs focused on our residents.
  • Expand affordable apartment programs consistent with growth in the Essex portfolio (in connection with tax credit programs and local affordability programs for new construction) where financially feasible.
  • Actively participate in voluntary affordable apartment programs sponsored by the Housing Industry Foundation and other organizations.

COMMUNITY
  • By 2022, Essex will double its charitable efforts from 2016 levels.
  • Implement an in-kind charity donation match program with our associates of up to $500k.
  • Implement special discount programs that will provide up to 15% discount on rent at select communities to teachers, police officers, and firefighters, to help them live and work within the same city.