The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods through expanded outreach, stronger community partnerships and improved government responsiveness. This constituent-based service concept creates a "one-stop shop" for accessing City services and resolving neighborhood issues. 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. This concept of a constituent-based service model stems from ... More About DON ...

Department of Neighborhoods

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

Through our six 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 2015 Year in Review

Katye Tipton
About the 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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"City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods:  Improving Quality of Life"

We invite you to watch this HTV special feature exploring how the Department of Neighborhoods is working with residents and community partners to make our neighborhoods cleaner, safer and a good place to call home. To view the feature, click on the following link: or select play on the video below.


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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 six divisions.  Give us your feedback!