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CAI Letter to Editor, Kansas City Star

8/4/2016  -  Falls Church, VA

For Immediate Release
Contact: Amy Hawkes Repke,, (703) 970-9239

CAI Letter to Editor, Kansas City Star

Dear Editor:

Regarding the August 3 news article, "HOAs from Hell…" I am disheartened by the seemingly extensive efforts by the author to dig up the worst stories possible from the internet regarding homeowners associations.

What your paper did not mention is Americans living in HOAs once again this year told independent pollsters that they are overwhelmingly satisfied with their communities. The 2016 survey conducted by Zogby Analytics for the Foundation for Community Association Research affirms findings from five surveys over the last 11 years.  By large majorities, residents rate their overall community experience as positive or, at worst, neutral. 

The findings objectively refute the unfounded and unsubstantiated myth that the community association model is failing to serve the best interests of Americans who choose to live in common-interest communities.

For the majority of Americans, their home is their single largest investment. Your choice to attack the community association housing model with anecdotal horror stories is a disturbing attempt to instill fear and unrest in your readers. Community Associations Institute will continue to inspire enlightened leadership and responsible, engaged citizenship-ideals, reflected in communities that are preferred places to call home.


Thomas Skiba, CAE
Chief Executive Officer, Community Associations Institute


About Community Associations Institute
Community Associations Institute (CAI) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization founded in 1973 to foster competent, responsive community associations through research, training and education. CAI is an international membership organization dedicated to building better communities. With more than 34,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 60 chapters, including a chapter in South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. We work to identify and meet the evolving needs of the professionals and volunteers who serve associations, by being a trusted forum for the collaborative exchange of knowledge and information, and by helping our members learn, achieve and excel. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit or call (888) 224-4321.

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