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Neighborhood Organizations

Neighborhood and Community Engagement

Grassroots organizations, like a neighborhood association, crime watch or tenants’ council, are necessary for a vibrant city. Members of neighborhood groups have a chance to determine the agenda and priorities of their neighborhood as they work with others to maintain or create the neighborhood they’re proud of. Active neighborhood groups have the stability, credibility and political clout to be an effective force for a great city.

How to Create a Neighborhood Organization

If you think your neighborhood could benefit from being organized – or you already are organized and can benefit from an organizing tool kit, please examine The City of Allentown Guide to Organizing Your Neighborhood, created by the Planning and Zoning Bureau of the Community and Economic Development Department. Additional capacity building resources include the City of Allentown Leadership Institute open to all residents interested in further developing their neighborhood leadership skills. The fourth annual institute occurred in May 2014. For more information, please click here.

Registry of Neighborhood-based Organizations Please register your neighborhood with the City of Allentown. Registration is easy – simply complete this form and submit it to the Neighborhood Coordinator via email or post (City of Allentown, Neighborhood Coordinator, 435 Hamilton Street, Allentown PA, 18101)

Benefits of Forming an Organization

  • An organization provides a way for neighbors to get to know and support each other.
  • When neighbors are organized, they have more power to make changes and reach goals.
  • Members of an organization gain a unified voice and influence in community affairs.
  • Having an organization allows better communication with local government and other agencies.
  • Residents assume responsibility for keeping their neighborhood healthy and vital.

Types of Organizations Examples of Neighborhood-Based Organizations Include:

  • Neighborhood associations
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Homeowners associations

Learn More

To learn more about how to form a neighborhood-based organization, call the Neighborhood Coordinator at 610 437-7679