By Grace Hollowell, Marketing Coordinator
As the beloved Mister Rogers said, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?”
With the fall semester underway, you’ve probably noticed many new faces around your neighborhood. Being a good neighbor helps build solid relationships and makes a tremendous difference in the overall dynamic of our community.
Here are four easy ways to get started:
1. Introduce Yourself
Simply introducing yourself and your household to neighborhood newcomers makes them feel welcome. Meeting new people can sometimes feel overwhelming, but a straightforward “Howdy” gives new residents an immediate sense of belonging.
Hosting a National Night Out party can also help newcomers meet their neighbors. The annual event promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work.
2. Exchange Information
We never expect bad things to happen, especially in our homes and neighborhoods, but good neighbors can lend a helping hand in emergencies. It’s always a good idea to provide trusted neighbors with your contact information if something happens while you’re away.
3. Get Involved in Your HOA
Consider getting involved in your neighborhood or homeowners’ association if one is available. It’s a fantastic way to meet neighbors, make friends, and make your neighborhood a better place to live. If you don’t have an association, we can help you start one.
4. Subscribe to Neighborhood E-News
City and neighborhood-related updates are emailed to you weekly when you subscribe to Neighborhood News, our e-newsletter. It provides essential information about city events and programs and previews city council and planning and zoning commission meetings.
For more neighborhood resources or to request a free welcome bag filled with helpful information about neighborhood living, contact Neighborhood Services at 979-764-6262 or NeighborhoodServices@cstx.gov, or visit cstx.gov/neighbor.
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