Department of Neighborhoods
Improving neighborhoods and the quality of life for all Houstonians
The Department of Neighborhoods is dedicated to improving quality of life in Houston neighborhoods through the delivery of services, innovative programs and strong community partnerships. The department combines the operations of six divisions, serving as a centralized source of services designed to assist citizens with their concerns, resolve neighborhood issues and promote community-based civic engagement. The department’s programs and initiatives focus on city code enforcement and compliance, citizen assistance, gang and juvenile delinquency prevention and public awareness, youth leadership development, volunteerism, international communities and the needs and concerns of people with disabilities.
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Department of Neighborhoods Brochure
We invite you to share our brochure (.pdf) with your neighbors and at your next community meeting!
Residents Making a Difference in Their Own Neighborhoods
The Department of Neighborhoods works in partnership with civic groups, community leaders and volunteers to clean, beautify and make neighborhoods safer. One of the department’s successes is the Mow-Down Program, an initiative conducted in partnership with Keep Houston Beautiful. The program supports the maintenance of eligible overgrown lots by civic groups with the participation of residents and volunteers. The following video highlights the exemplary efforts of youth who are making a difference in their own communities.
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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!
About the Director
TaKasha L. Francis was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner and unanimously confirmed by City Council as director of the Department of Neighborhoods on March 25, 2016. A native Houstonian and graduate of Texas Southern University and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, she previously served as State of Texas Assistant Attorney General in the Child Support Division. More ...
Contact the Department
TaKasha L. Francis
Department of Neighborhoods
- Inspections & Public Service (IPS)
- Mayor's Anti-Gang Office
- Mayor's Citizens Assistance Office
- Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
- Mayor's Volunteer Initiatives Program
- Mayor's Youth Council
- Office of International Communities
- Dept. of Neighborhoods Home Page
- Dept. of Neighborhoods History
- Dept. of Neighborhoods Brochure (.pdf)
- Calendar of Events
- Matching Grants Program
- Mow-Down Program
- My Houston Neighborhood
- My Neighborhood Toolbox
- Neighborhood Based Innovation
- Neighborhood Connections
- News and Events
- Photo Gallery
- Press Release Archive
- Social Media Library
- Super Neighborhoods
- Video Archive