Good Neighbors Celebrate Community

By Laura Otto
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Delivering baked goods or introducing new residents to others in the community are some of the ways you can be a good neighbor. According to a new CAI survey, nearly 67% of respondents who live in a homeowners association or condominium say sharing important community information and resources is how they engage with new neighbors.

After more than a year of remote working, virtual meetings, and social distancing, more than 50% of those surveyed say they have become closer to their neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic and more reliant on them than before.

What changes have you noticed in your community since the pandemic began? Close to half of survey respondents have made some type of home improvement like adding a screened-in porch, patio, or finishing their basement. In addition, more than 40% have noticed more pedestrians and bike riders on their neighborhood streets and sidewalks, as well as more children playing outside. Only 14% say they have not noticed any changes in their neighborhood since the beginning of the pandemic.

Being an engaged resident is important for the well-being of a community. More than 75% of respondents say they volunteer on their homeowners association’s board, and nearly 60% participate in social events and recreational activities organized by residents. Only 6% reported that they don’t participate in any neighborhood events or activities, illustrating how homeowners associations and condominiums value and celebrate community.

How well do you know your neighbors? CAI’s survey found that close to 60% of respondents know their neighbors very well. Additionally, an overwhelming 90% believe they are a good neighbor, citing being caring, helpful, and respectful as characteristics that contribute to an overall healthy community.

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Laura Otto

Laura Otto is editor of CAI’s award-winning Community Manager. A seasoned journalist, Laura previously worked for a creative, advocacy agency in Washington, D.C., where she wrote and edited content for a variety of public health clients. Prior to that, Laura served as a senior writer and editor for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Laura is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.