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How to Form a Neighborhood Association

What is A Neighborhood Association

It’s a section of a city with a common identity and is formed based on the needs and desires of its residents.  It gives neighbors a forum to discuss common concerns; safety, beautification projects, neighborhood cleanup, It forges relationships between the residents.   It offers a stronger voice when issues need to be addressed by the city.

If one does an Internet search on neighborhood associations there is a wealth of information, well, perhaps “wealth” isn’t the correct term, overabundance is better, as if the writer is being paid by the word.  It can be off putting and appear to be something that should be handled by trained and highly paid professionals.

It’s not.

It does take time, dedication, some imagination and organizational skills…all of which are found in your neighborhood.

NOTE:  this is an information only site, which may prove helpful

Nuts and Bolts:

I. Planning

a. Gather together a core group to determine why it’s important to establish a N.A.

Determine boundaries (Take a look at our map and existing neighborhood association boundaries.) It’s suggested to not have your N.A. cover too much geographic territory, to use naturally existing north, south, east, west demarcations or an existing neighborhood in it’s entirety

b. Establish a time and place for first meeting.
c. Notify all residents (flyers, phone tree) of the first meeting.

II. First Meeting of Residents

a. Elect a board.
b. Determine dues.
c. Discuss general needs of the area, why a N.A. is important, goals for the future.
d. Establish a committee to write the bylaws, which will be voted upon at the next general meeting. There are several sites which offer examples of simple bylaws.

III. Filing paperwork (a. and b. IF you are establishing N.A. as a non profit 501©3 or ©4)

a. Once the bylaws have been written and approved, the board should then file for articles of incorporation.

Indiana Articles of Incorporation: (Neighborhood associations are “mutual benefit corporations)

b. Obtain federal and state tax exemptions.

c. Open bank account. Some neighborhoods opt to have two signatures necessary for any check. That has pluses and minuses.  However, do insure that there are at least two board members who are noted on the account.