Because of their similarity in names, many people often confuse the two, thinking they are basically one and the same.
However, the two entities are quite different.
A homeowner's association is formed by a developer and pertains to a specific subdivision or project. The association provides the framework for the future maintenance of the development's common grounds and amenities, for instance, a pool, clubhouse, or common area landscaping. All homeowners are compelled to follow the codes, covenants and restrictions (CC&Rs) governing the development and pay association dues.
A neighborhood association is a section of a city with a common identity. Neighborhood associations offer a place to meet friends, exchange information, create projects and priorities, propose solutions, and have fun.
A neighborhood association is formed based on the needs and desires of its residents. The association will give residents a forum to discuss common concerns and to brainstorm possible solutions. Some potential outcomes may be improved street lighting, bike paths, sidewalks, traffic calming devices, parks and open spaces, zoning and land-use planning, park amenities, beautification projects, and neighborhood clean-ups.
Many neighborhood associations host meetings and social events. Summer picnics, holiday parties, and other special events keep the lines of communication lines open with their neighbors and bring people together to have fun!
Neighborhood associations also give citizens a voice and an advocate. The purpose of neighborhood associations is to consider and act upon citizen needs. Neighborhood associations significantly improve the two-way communication between the city and its residents. They provide a clear and organized way to speak to local government and to ensure your voice will be heard by elected officials and city departments.
Joining a neighborhodd association will put you in touch with your neighborhoods, helps builds relationships, and makes our neighborborhood a much more welcoming and enjoyable place to live.