The Difference Between a Neighborhood Association and a Homeowner’s Association (HOA)

Hello Neighbors!

When we were distributing the Ladera West newsletters recently, we ran into a few neighbors who had questions as to what type of organization we are, and we often get emails asking about our “powers” as an association.  So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to explain the difference between a Neighborhood Association (which we are), and a Homeowner’s Association (which we are not).

A homeowner’s association is a much more formal organization, usually created by a developer for a specific subdivision or project. The association provides for the maintenance of the development’s common grounds and amenities (like landscaping or a pool).  All homeowners are members and must follow the codes, covenants and restrictions (CC&Rs) governing the development, as well as pay association dues (usually monthly).   That is why an HOA can tell you what colors you can paint your house and can fine you for violating the CC&Rs.  (There actually is at least one HOA within the LWNA boundaries.)

In contrast, a neighborhood association (like LWNA) is a totally voluntary organization. Neighborhood associations are organized into sections of a city with a common identity and are  started by volunteers from the neighborhoods themselves.  In Albuquerque, the Office of Neighborhood Coordination helps groups organize and provides resources.  Neighborhood associations offer a place to meet neighbors, exchange information, create projects and priorities, and advocate for issues important to the neighborhood. While there may be dues (much less than HOA’s – in the case of LWNA only 10$ per year per household), participation is voluntary. The association is provided direction by a Board, whose members are elected by the paid members of the association. All board members are volunteers who have chosen to devote some of their time to the betterment of the neighborhood.

Recognized neighborhood associations, such as Ladera West, also give citizens a voice. Neighborhood associations greatly improve the two-way communication between the city and its residents. They also send representatives to other advocacy organizations, such as the West Side Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, who coordinate on behalf of several neighborhoods to communicate concerns and advocate to our elected government representatives at all levels.

We are happy to have you as a member of LWNA!!!




Welcome to the New Ladera West Neighborhood Association Website and Blog!

Hello Neighbors and Welcome!

The Ladera West Neighborhood Association (LWNA) has started this website to reach out to our fellow neighbors, provide resources and give us a way to further communicate. We’re glad you found us!  Feel free to pass this website on to your neighbors.

As you will see, this front page works like a blog – there will be occasional posts with neighborhood news and events (and you can scroll down to see previous posts).  If you’d like to recieve an automatic e-mail notice when there is a new post, join the blog through the handy “follow this blog” link to the right.

If you look to the top of this page, you will see links to other pages on this site – crime prevention, useful links, etc.  This website is for your benefit, so if you have ideas of other things you’d like to see on it, please post a comment and let us know!

Finally, if you’re not already on it, LWNA has an e-mail distribution list maintained by our President, Steve Collins.  He sends out occasional e-mails with important neighborhood information, events and crime alerts.  If you’d like to get on that distribution list, go to our “join” page.


(fyi, both the blog and e-mail distribution lists are for internal use only)

Ladera West Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

The Ladera West Neighborhood Association (LWNA) Annual Meeting was held on September 23, 2014 at the Ladera Golf Course. APD Northwest Commander Dodi Camacho and Crime Prevention Specialist Pete Gelabert spoke about crime and crime prevention issues. You can find tips to help prevent mailbox thefts on our Crime Prevention page.

Elaine Romero, Policy Analyst for Councilor Sanchez, spoke about traffic, median, weed and other neighborhood issues.

The attendees shared their concerns and successes over the past year, including having Ouray renamed in honor of the late LWNA President, Bob McCannon.

The Board members were elected for another term and one new board member was elected to the board.