Lincoln has many neighborhoods, some of which are organized into associations. Although neighborhood associations are not a part of City government, they are much appreciated and respected by City staff. The commitment and involvement of neighborhood association members are key factors in the vitality of both their neighborhoods and the city as a whole.
To support that community involvement, a number of resources are supplied by the City:
- Neighborhood Association Contact List: A listing of neighborhood association presidents or designated contacts — City staff rely on notification by the neighborhoods to keep this list current and accurate!
- Interactive Map of Neighborhood Associations and Homeowner Associations: A web-based map that shows the boundaries identified by the neighborhood associations and homeowners associations and links to contacts (official and unofficial) for both types of organizations. You can search by association name or by selecting a point or area.
- Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable: The current agenda and past meeting summaries of the Mayor's monthly meeting with neighborhood associations.
- Neighborhood Population and Housing Statistics: A resource for Lincoln's neighborhood associations, based on US Census data.
- Neighborhood Association How-To's: A booklet compiled from several sources with advice on forming and keeping neighborhood associations active.
- Action Center Service Request: Report non-emergency problems or request City services online. If you choose to log in, you can also track the responses to your request.
- Neighborhood Hotline: The low-tech alternative for reporting non-emergency problems or requests! Call the Neighborhood Hotline: 402-441-6300. Messages left on the Neighborhood Hotline are attended to weekly and referred to the appropriate department or agency through the Action Center system.
- Community Art: The combination of grassroots participation and the use of images that speak to local culture and history make Community Art a powerful statement of community identity, pride, and ownership. Proposals for Community Art are considered on a case-by-case basis. Local examples include building murals and painted streets. Inspirations from across the Web include:
- Paint the Pavement, St. Paul, MN - visit their gallery
- City Repair, Portland, OR
- Philadelphia, PA
- Long Beach, CA
Often members of homeowner associations want to be included in the list of Neighborhood Associations, but that list only includes associations for which membership is voluntary and open to the public - including both owners and renters. For Homeowners Associations, membership is required as part of the purchase of a home and limited to property owners exclusively.
The Planning Department maintains contact information for Homeowners Associations which have agreed to share their information. That contact information can be accessed through the County-City website, using the GIS Viewer and selecting "Neighborhood/Homeowner Associations" in the "Map Switcher" box. This interactive mapping tool identifies boundaries and contact information for both types of associations.
In addtion, because homeowners associations are typically incorporated, their official contact information can normally be found on the Nebrasa Secretary of State's website by using the Corporate Search option.