What is a neighborhood association?
There are many reasons why neighborhoods organize. Some of the most common reasons include:
- To Address a Particular Concern: Many neighborhoods become organized when a particular concern emerges in their area. Residents of the neighborhood get together to discuss problems, come up with solutions, and work together to resolve issues. Organizing an association provides a way for neighbors to manage day-to-day issues.
- To Empower Residents: Some organizers believe the main reason to organize is for power. Power is the ability to act and with it comes a responsibility to the community. When neighborhoods organize, they acquire power by coming together to accomplish something.
- To Build Community: Organizing to build community means improving your neighborhood’s ability to act and capitalize on the diverse skills of its residents in developing relationships with businesses, non-profit organizations, and government. Whether it is having regularly scheduled association meetings, seasonal block parties, or simply a neighbor running an errand for you, these activities enhance the sense of community. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Some of the advantages neighborhood associations offer are:
- Supplying a channel to meet neighborhood goals
- A collective voice is a stronger voice
- Providing an effective communication link with the City
- Organizing to prevent neighborhood decline
- Knowing your neighbors provides sense of security
- Increasing awareness of decisions that impact your neighborhood
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