These associations do not create positive social capital consisting of social networks and connections with reciprocal relationships, social interactions, trustworthiness and mutual obligations between the powerful boards and the rank and file homeowners. Rather, HOAs are a major cause of the destruction of social capital within the subdivision community. And as HOAs have become institutionalized — being accepted without question as “that’s the way it is” — they have made a substantial contribution to the decline in social capital in America.
Monday, September 05, 2011
HOAs are often referred to by the community association industry as its name suggests, communities. Veteran HOA critic George Staropoli however has a different perspective, asserting in a white paper that HOAs starve communities of the social capital they need to develop true community: