What is a Neighborhood Association?
Neighborhood associations are larger independent, neighborhood-based organizations with their own structure, officers, and bylaws representing hundreds if not thousands of households within a neighborhood. Neighborhood organizations are organized by neighbor residents, neighborhood property investors, neighborhood businesses and others with a focus of working together to create change and improvement, not only in neighborhood safety but also on larger neighborhood issues such as beautification, zoning, neighborhood planning, economic development, housing, infrastructure, emergency management, fund-raising as well as social activities.

Neighborhood associations also partner with city administration to help reinforce the city’s ordinances regarding a neighborhood’s quality of life through education and sometimes peer pressure. Some neighborhood associations become recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization which provides them an opportunity and ability to raise funds to undertake self-help neighborhood initiatives and projects. Sample Bylaws (PDF)

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