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 community involvement at a grassroots, neighborhood level, a number of resources are supplied by the City, beginning with an interactive map of neighborhood associations and homeowner associations:
- 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!
- 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.
- UPLNK - Online reporting tool for non-emergency problems or requests.
- Neighborhood Hotline: For a low-tech alternative for reporting non-emergency problems or requests, call 402-441-6300. Messages left on the Hotline recorder are managed weekly. If you have an emergency, call 911. If you need to report a possible crime, call 402-441-6000.
- 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:
- In Lincoln, a permit is required to paint a street.
- Stronger Safer Neighborhoods: From the Mayor's Office - a partnership of government, non-profits, neighborhood associations, schools, and the business and development community that focuses on improving neighborhoods and revitalizing problem areas.
- Neighborhood Watch: From the Lincoln Police Dept - work with your neighbors and report suspicious activity and crime to the police
- Homeowner Associations: From the Nebraska Sec. of State - find homeowner association contact information by using Corporate Search
- Junk Car Ordinance: Addressing storage of unregistered, non-running vehicles
- Housing Maintenance Ordinance: Addressing inadequately maintained residential properties
- Community Building: From NeighborWorks®Lincoln - More resources and neighborhood networking opportunities
- Let's Have a Block Party: Tips for blocking a street and arranging a neighborhood block party
- Interactive Map including City Limits, LMI area, US Census Tracts, and Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA)
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 homeowner 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 that have agreed to share their information. That contact information can be accessed through the map above.
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.