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Department of Neighborhoods

The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) focuses on resolving neighborhood issues and improving quality of life for Houstonians.

Through our seven divisions, we provide a wide range of programs and services addressing education, the interests of people with disabilities, citizens’ concerns, volunteerism, international communities, gang prevention outreach and neighborhood inspections and code enforcement to reduce blight and substandard residential property.  DON works in collaboration with other City departments and community partners to improve government responsiveness and serve as a centralized resource for accessing City services.

DON Divisions:

About the Director

Kayte Tipton, 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.

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What do YOU think would help make Houston a great place to live and work? Please share any feedback or ideas about ways DON can work with residents through our eight divisions.  Give us your feedback!

Celebrate Citizenship Month in November

Hhe Department of Neighborhoods invites you to take part in the 6th Annual Citizenship Month, Celebrating the Many Faces of Houston and what it means to be a good citizen. Enjoy the many programs and activities scheduled for November spotlighting Houston's diverse cultures and promoting civic leadership and community service. For a calendar of events, visit www.citizenshipmonth.org. Citizenship Month is sponsored by the Office of International Communities (OIC), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, in partnership with community organizations. To learn about OIC programs and services go to www.houstontx.gov/oic.