EMPOWERING NEIGHBORHOODS TO ENHANCE AND SUSTAIN
MEMPHIS AS A CITY OF CHOICE
The mission of Neighborhood Relations is to enhance the ability of citizens to seek resolutions and be the catalyzing forces in determining the future of their neighborhoods.
The role of the Neighborhood Relations unit is to work with and encourage citizens to become active participants in determining the destiny of their neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Relations unit works with citizens to organize emerging, and build upon, established neighborhood, community and civic organizations.
Serving as an ombudsman office and central clearinghouse for neighborhoods, the goal of the unit is to empower neighborhoods through training, information, capacity building and technical assistance.
Neighborhood Relations also works with neighborhood, community, faith-based and non-profit organizations to provide the Memphis Ambassadors Program participants with opportunities to become involved and engaged in meaningful service projects, activities and events. The youth work with neighborhood leaders to identify and resolve community issues as they promote projects that encourage, enhance and sustain cleaner, safer, and socially and environmentally conscious neighborhoods.
The Neighborhood Relations staff meets continually with other City of Memphis departments, non-profit organizations, faith-based institutions and businesses, in conjunction with community organizations, to participate in events and initiatives that bridge the gaps in Memphis? neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Relations strives to empower Memphis? neighborhoods through continuous training, meetings, community service and events planning, including:
Community service projects coordinated and implemented with the Memphis Ambassadors Program
The Neighborhood Conference
- Certified Neighborhood Leader
- Training Program
- Asset Mapping and Capacity Building
- Individualized neighborhood asset mapping and capacity building
- Problem Solving and informational Forums and Meetings
- Technical Assistance
Collaborating with internal and external entities on special community projects that positively impact the citizens and Memphis? neighborhoods is the foundation of Neighborhood Relations. The office is working with numerous committees, task forces and boards, including some strategic initiative committees, in an effort to help make a difference in Memphis.
Timely, effective and accurate information is essential to enhancing and sustaining livability in Memphis? neighborhoods. Neighborhood Relations utilizes several mediums to communicate with neighborhoods including:
- CityNeighbor, a quarterly newsletter.
- The City of Memphis website through website development, content and maintenance and e-mail blasts.
- Neighborhoodlink.com, a national website.
- The Neighborhood Directory, which is published annually by Neighborhood Relations.
- How to Organize a Neighborhood Association Guidebook
Neighborhood Relations collaborates with internal and external entities on special community projects that positively impact the citizens and Memphis' neighborhoods. The office is working with numerous committees, task forces and boards in an effort to help make a difference in Memphis.
Neighborhood Relations updates the Neighborhood Directory annually for website posting and distribution by the end of each year. This information is the basis for notification and invitations to events related to city, county, state and federal government.
Each organization should have at least two contact persons with a mailing address and a phone number and e-mail address. Organizations that have made any changes within the last year regarding boundaries, officers, charter, non-profit status, etc. should call Cherry Young at (901)-636-6261 or Lashea West at (901) 636-6592 or return the form to:
Office of Community Affairs
315 S. Hollywood Street
Memphis, TN 38104
or fax to: (901) 452-2510
Neighborhood Relations Team:
Cherry Young, Neighborhood Outreach Specialist
Phone Number - 901-636-6261