Community Engagement is a division of the Neighborhood Improvement Services Department. The City of Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department (NIS) works to preserve and improve quality of life conditions for Durham residents. NIS encourages active participation in decision making dialogue, public policy, and neighborhood redevelopment.
- To inform community, we provide residents, community organizations and other stakeholders with information on programs and services.
- To engage community, we provide the community with avenues that allow them to get involved in civic activities.
- To partner with the community, we collaborate with residents, community organizations, and other stakeholders to seek financial, and other resources to improve the quality of life for all residents.
- To empower the community, we equip residents and neighborhoods with knowledge, tools and abilities to build better communities.
We inform, partner and empower through these programs:
- Mayor's 10.01: Transformation in 10 Initiative
- Neighborhood Matching Grants
- City Hall on the Go
- Neighbor Spotlight
- Embrace your Neighborhood (Beautification Projects, Cleanups, Safety Assessments and Community-Led Projects)
- Bull City Play Streets
- Communication with existing Homeowners and Neighborhood Associations
In the Neighborhood Improvement Services Department, the other teams are:
- Enforcement of the minimum housing code; nonresidential code; weedy lot, junk and debris, unsafe building, and abandoned vehicle ordinances
- Working to eliminate discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations
- Prioritize community outreach and educational activities to meet the needs of our citizens
- Remediate non-compliant housing properties
- Abate public nuisances, such as litter, graffiti, illegal dumping, and abandoned shopping carts
- Conduct neighborhood service projects
You can read more at the City of Durham Website.