Raleigh Neighborhood Registry
Registered Neighborhood Groups Enjoy Benefits
The Raleigh Neighborhood Registry is the official list of neighborhood-based organizations throughout the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction.
The Community Services Department established the Neighborhood Registry in 2002 to get residents more involved in decisions affecting their neighborhoods and to improve participation in Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs). Neighborhood-based organizations are encouraged to send representatives to CAC meetings so they can share information and have a voice in what is happening in the community.
The Neighborhood Registry includes more than 190 neighborhood-based organizations. Neighborhood organizations that are not already on the Neighborhood Registry are invited to join. There is no charge to be listed on the Neighborhood Registry.
Who Should Register
Eligible organizations include groups such as:
- Homeowners associations
- Neighborhood associations
- Block clubs
- Community Watch groups
- Neighborhood business associations
- Garden clubs
Forming a Neighborhood Organization
The Community Services Department will help you organize your neighborhood for free. You also can refer to the Neighborhood-based Organization Toolkit, serves as a guide to forming your organization.
Forming a neighborhood-based organization is all about bringing people together to work for the betterment of everyone. Neighborhood-based organizations succeed when residents are eager and willing to make their own decisions about programs and projects. That is why residents are the ones who should take the lead in organizing themselves. However, the Community Services Department can offer advice and support through its Neighborhood Services Division.
Benefits of an Organization and the Registry
Benefits of Forming An Organization
- Provides a way for neighbors to get to know and support each other.
- More power to make changes and reach goals.
- Unified voice and influence in community affairs.
- Better communication with local government and other agencies.
- Responsibility for keeping the neighborhood healthy and vital.
Organizations on the Neighborhood Registry receive:
- City assistance with neighborhood events, festivals and activities and neighborhood cleanups
- Eligibility to apply for Neighborhood Improvement Funds for neighborhood projects and programs
- Access to City of Raleigh community specialists, who can provide assistance
- Two mailings during an organization's first year on the Registry
- Access to City facilities for up to four meetings per year
- A Link to Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs), which advise the City Council on issues affecting local communities
To register, an organization must:
- Have defined geographic boundaries;
- Hold at least one meeting a year;
- Have officers and a contact person;
- Be nonpartisan;
- Be open to anyone who lives or owns property in the neighborhood
- Have a constitution, bylaws or mission statement.