Neighborhood Association Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help you establish a neighborhood association, grow membership, sustain operations and impact decisions affecting your community. It is organized around four core actions:


How to Use the Toolkit

Download the toolkit, but don’t read the document start to finish. Find the topic you need help with from the table of contents and use the checklist to guide your efforts. Find a relevant spotlight section for more depth.

If you need help, you can contact Energize.


What is a Neighborhood Association?

A Neighborhood Association is a group of community members who organize, share ideas, and cooperate to improve their neighborhood. Membership is voluntary and open to all stakeholders, including neighbors, businesses, and other organizations within a neighborhood. The voluntary and open nature of a neighborhood association differentiates them from homeowners associations, which are associated with individual subdivisions and typically compulsory. By forming a neighborhood association, members work toward common goals. With a unified voice, they respond to community concerns, preserve and improve their neighborhood, plan and hold social events and interface with local government and organizations.

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