What is a Neighborhood Association?

We are a Neighborhood Association (NA). A lot of people get NAs mixed up with Homeowner’s Associations (HOAs) and Neighborhood Watchs (NW).  It’s easy to do, and a lot of people have preconceptions about what each of these are.  To be clear about what we aim to do, here’s a quick explanation of the difference between the three types of groups:

  • NA: A group of residents or property owners who advocate for or organize activities within a neighborhood. An association may have elected leaders and voluntary dues.
  • HOA: An organization that makes and enforces rules for the properties in its jurisdiction. HOAs also collect monthly or annual dues to pay for upkeep of common areas like parks, tennis courts, elevators and swimming pools and can levy special assessments on homeowners when the association lacks sufficient reserves to pay for unexpected repairs.
    We won’t be telling anyone in the neighborhood what color to paint their house.  We promise.
  • NW: An organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a neighborhood.
    We hope to evetually have something like an NA “Safety Committee,” but we’ll be doing a lot of other great things for the neighborhood, too!