Founded in December 1996, the Howard University Community Association was established to enhance the University’s relations with its surrounding communities. It accomplishes this by: directly responding to individual inquiries and concerns; participating in community- and local government-sponsored meetings; convening Community Advisory Committee gatherings; cooperating in special joint initiatives; addressing broader neighborhood challenges; and exploring opportunities for improving the overall quality of life for the University and the community-at-large.

The Community Association in collaboration with the University's colleges, schools, and other programs, address challenges affecting the University and its surrounding neighbors; inform the public of programs, activities and services it offers; and provide students, faculty, and staff with community service opportunities.