You automatically become a member of the homeowners association and a shareholder as a condition of purchasing a home within a common interest development (CID).  Your POA membership entitles you to voting rights, which gives you a voice in helping to set association rules, policies and regulations that affect your community.  In addition, all association members are required to share the costs of operating and maintaining your community’s common areas, systems equipment and amenities.  These services are covered by your homeowners’ association assessments, which each unit owner is required to pay annually.