Department of Neighborhoods

Enhancing the quality of life in our communities

2013 Highlights

2013 DON Year in Review


Established by Houston Mayor Annise Parker in August 2011, the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) serves as a centralized source of services and resources for residents. Through its seven divisions, the department provides citizen assistance, gang prevention outreach, inspections and the reduction of blight and substandard residential property, signs code enforcement and programs focusing on education, the concerns of people with disabilities, international communities and volunteerism. The department works in collaboration with other City departments and community partners to improve neighborhoods and help make Houston a better place to live.




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Shredding GraphicFree Document Shredding for Houston Residents!



Next Shredding & ID/Theft Prevention Event:

Stimley-Blue Ridge Library
7007 W Fuqua St
Missouri City, TX  77489
Saturday, April 19, 2014
8:00 am – 12:00 noon
(or until the shredding trucks are full)




For more information, go to Mayor's Citizens' Assistance Office home page.


It Can Wait, Houston
No Texting While Driving Campaign Underway


No Texting While Driving
Mayor Annise Parker invites Houstonians to take the
It Can Wait, Houston pledge & help save lives.


In 2011, 13 percent of over 3,000 traffic fatalities in Texas
were due to texting while driving.


Support the campaign on Twitter & Facebook.
Use the hash tag #itcanwaithou.


For more information, click on link:


Mayor Parker Announces Shine A Light on Human Trafficking Campaign




Mayor Annise Parker, HPD Chief Charles McClelland and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia are calling on the community to Shine a Light on Human Trafficking, September 24, 6:30 p.m.





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DON Calendar of Events





Super Neighborhoods


Super Neighborhoods Graphic


A super neighborhood is a geographically designated area where residents, civic organizations, institutions and businesses work together to identify, plan, and set priorities to address the needs and concerns of their community. 


This creates a manageable framework for community action and allows the City to provide services more efficiently.



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Citizens' Assistance Neighborhood Liaisons


Citizens' Assistance Office

Citizen's Assistance Liaisons work to improve the quality of life for all Houstonians by promoting City services, encouraging community involvement and participation, handling individual citizen's concerns and supporting neighborhood revitalization efforts throughout the City of Houston.



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About the Director

Kayte Tipton, Interim Director


Katye Tipton was named director of the Department of Neighborhoods by Mayor Annise Parker and Houston City Council on May 31, 2012.  She was chosen to lead the department after serving as Interim-Director in recent months.  She joined the City of Houston in 2009 as Sign Administrator in the Public Works Department.  Prior to joining the City of Houston, she served the City of Stevenson in Alabama. 


There, she managed all aspects of the operation of the city.  Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Tipton holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alabama.

Contact Us


Katye Tipton

Director, Department of Neighborhoods

901 Bagby, 4th Floor

Houston, TX 77002

Phone Number 832.394.0600





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Press Release Archive


  • April 9, 2014 -- Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Announces Financial Empowerment Forum
    • The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities announces the second of a three-part Financial Empowerment Forum series for citizens with disabilities presented in partnership with Bank on Houston ... more ...
  • March 29, 2014 -- Mayor Parker Launches Second Year of "Make Safe Saturday"
    • Joined by city officials, invited elected officials, community leaders and neighborhood residents, Houston Mayor Annise Parker traveled to Sunnyside today to launch the second year of Make Safe Saturday ... more ...
  • March 26, 2014 -- Mayor Parker Announces Second Year of "Make Safe Saturday"
    • Houston Mayor Annise Parker today announced the 2014 launch of Make Safe Saturday, scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014. Instituted last March, the quarterly initiative "makes safe" blighted and ... more ...




Featured News


Global Houston


Global Houston


Global Houston is a new interactive website that connects Houston's international community! This site is intended to become Houston's virtual gateway to the world by linking organizations and businesses that have an international focus. It helps users find international organizations, experts and a multitude of resources all in one place.



Additional Resources


HPD Crime Monitoring


HPD Crime Monitoring


Citizens can use the Houston Police Department’s new Crime Monitoring website to track crime trends in neighborhoods all over town.







Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau



Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau


Looking for something interesting to do in Houston? Check out the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau's vacation planner for great restaurants, fun attractions and a calendar full of events for you to attend.



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Civic Associations

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Civic organizations are networks of community members brought together by a common goal to enhance the well being and welfare of their community. Civic organization members set goals, organize meetings, implement plans of action and promote events that directly benefit their respective neighborhoods.


Examples of civic organizations are tenant associations, neighborhood development organizations, block associations, etc.



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