With recent tragedies like the Orlando mass shooting, it’s more important than ever to focus on community in your HOA community. Every homeowners association should strive to make their community a place where neighbors are friendly and peaceful.
Working Through Tragedy
During times of tragedy, people are more willing to open up and show vulnerability. This is a time to take the opportunity to cultivate support in your community and bring owners closer. Here are some ways to do that:
Increasing Bonds in Your HOA
Showing that you care about your community members is the first step, then you want to help them focus on a shared purpose.
Start by setting the example, being more candid with members, and calling for consistency. You want to communicate often with your HOA members and help them feel safe and supported in their community.
Being part of an HOA board is not always an easy task, but it starts with caring about people and your association—especially in times of heightened fear or concern. Show your members that you care about them and they will better respond to the community.
Other Ways to Help
It’s helpful to provide emergency contact information for times when residents need it. That allows HOA managers or board members the opportunity to learn about any needs for help or support in the association. If that’s not a possibility, sending out an email with resources for support or therapy is a good way to show neighbors you’re thinking of their wellbeing. Or hold a community event focused on helping members get to know one another. The board can always work on ways to make a difference for those who are struggling.
This is especially helpful in bigger cities where people are alone often. And while this type of support may not necessarily be stated in any contracts, part of being a supportive board is being receptive to urgent needs in the community. People can make a difference when they know who to call for help.