HOW TO START
Neighborhood associations bring the community together in order to improve the vitality and livability of Miami Beach’s neighborhoods. There are over 100 associations throughout Miami Beach that represent residents and business owners and help them organize to make their voices heard in City Hall.What is a Neighborhood Association?
A Neighborhood Association is comprised of a group of residents and business representatives who devote their time and energy to improve and enhance a well-defined geographic area where they and others live. Neighborhood association meetings, like earlier town meetings, provide a place to meet neighbors, exchange ideas, prioritize projects, propose solutions, and implement plans for the neighborhood.
Most neighborhood associations are concerned with issues that affect the quality of life in the community. This can include issues of health and safety and how to strengthen the delivery of City Services to neighborhoods. Sponsoring neighborhood crime prevention activities and emergency preparedness programs are important projects for neighborhood associations.
Why Start a Neighborhood Association?
Neighborhoods usually organize to:
Organizing a neighborhood brings people together to form a collective, united voice. A well-organized group of people can be a powerful and influential force.
Simple Organizing Tips
Organizing a neighborhood association is a big job. While it may seem difficult at first, developing your association will be enormously exciting as people come together to address common problems and learn to work together as a group.
Keep in mind some important guidelines as you begin to organize:
People join neighborhood groups for a variety of reasons. One of them is to get to know their neighbors and to feel a sense of community. So as you build your organization, be sure to have fun.
How to Start a Neighborhood Association?
Four simple steps to start your association
Contact your neighborhood coordinator to discuss establishing a neighborhood association. This individual will discuss the steps in forming a neighborhood association, setting boundaries, and refer you to other technical information that may be useful in your neighborhood-based initiatives
Place a Public Notice in the Miami Herald Neighbors Section indicating the time and place for the first organizational meeting. We also encourage the meeting organizers to post notices at frequently visited places in the neighborhood such as a local grocery store, the public schools, or go door to door inviting your neighbors to this meeting.
Why Register your Neighborhood Association?
Neighborhood associations are organizations, which offer an opportunity for citizens to participate in decision-making for their neighborhoods. The Community Resource & Outreach Division maintains a computerized file of the recognized neighborhood associations that is available to be distributed to various governmental bodies. Many City departments and agencies solicit neighborhood association opinions on upcoming approvals of development projects, programs and services, and other changes proposed in particular neighborhoods.
Online Registration for your Home Owner Assoc/ Neighborhood Assoc/Civic Org.
How do we determine our neighborhood boundaries?
Keep it simple. Draw your neighborhood boundaries reflecting thenatural (e.g. lake) or man-made boundaries (e.g. major transportation corridor). Many times these particular boundaries form a coherent neighborhoodarea. A rule of thumb is to keep it simple and start with a relativelysmall (but not to small) area to build the sense of community among neighbors.
Are there requirements on the formal structure of neighborhood associations?
No. We do encourage neighborhood associations to develop an organizational structure that works for them. Some options for neighborhood associations to consider include:
What are some key organizational questions?