About Habitat

Neighborhood Network

The Neighborhood Network is a partnership of Habitat for Humanity of Council Bluffs and the Iowa West Foundation and is a cornerstone of the Foundation’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative. Partnering with residents, local government, businesses and other nonprofit organizations, the Neighborhood Network serves as a catalyst, resource and facilitator for comprehensive neighborhood improvement and engagement throughout Council Bluffs.

Whether you are a member of an existing neighborhood association or a resident with ideas for improving your neighborhood, the Neighborhood Network has resources for you.

Asset Based Community Development

The Neighborhood Network uses the Asset Based Community Development model to help groups of residents identify strengths from which to build on in creating a more vibrant community. ABCD is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

To learn more about ABCD, visit ABCD Institute.

Neighborhood Associations

A neighborhood association is a group of residents who advocate for or organize activities within an established set of geographic boundaries in a community. Organized activities may be simply for social reasons, to tackle issues within the neighborhood or to advocate for improvements like the creation of public parks or community gardens.

Some neighborhood associations are incorporated and registered with the Secretary of State’s office as an official entity. They may also be granted nonprofit organization status from the Internal Revenue Service. Taking steps to formalize the organization with the State of Iowa and the federal government comes with certain benefits and responsibilities. If you are part of a group looking at formalizing your Neighborhood Association, the Neighborhood Network can help you make the right decision and guide you through the necessary steps.

Sometimes people think that their Homeowners Association is the same as a Neighborhood Association. Actually, they are very different. HOA are typically mandatory for people living in a given area and establish rules for how property owners may build, maintain and improve properties within the area. They have mandatory dues and assessments that cover costs like snow removal or maintenance of common property. Membership in a Neighborhood Association is voluntary and involves residents, business owners and others who work together for changes and improvements. Neighborhood Association dues are often suggested or optional, and are used to cover costs like newsletters, social events or costs associated with advocacy to local government.

Council Bluffs has many established Neighborhood Associations and Alliances, including:

Downtown Neighborhood Alliance  Facebook Twitter
North Broadway Alliance
West CB Alliance Facebook
Bayliss West Neighborhood Association
Bluffs Peak Neighborhood Association

Council Bluffs 100 Block Facebook
Fairmount Park Neighborhood Association Facebook
Gibraltar Neighborhood Association
Kanesville-Tinley Neighborhood Association Blog Facebook Twitter
Kenmore-Keeline Neighborhood Association
Lincoln-Fairview Neighborhood Association Facebook
Locust Lodge Neighborhood Association
McPherson Hills Neighborhood Association Facebook
North Broadway Neighborhood Association
Roberts Park Neighborhood Association Facebook
Rohrer’s Park Neighborhood Association
Tara Hills Neighborhood Association Facebook
The Seven at Fox Run Landing HOA Facebook
Timbercrest Homes Association
Twin City Neighborhood Association Facebook
Wilshire Heights Homeowners Association

If you live in one of these areas and want to get involved in your association, we’d be glad to get you in touch with the current leaders.

Neighborhood Network Resources

There are many ways in which our Neighborhood Network Resource Center can help associations, groups and individuals.

     Newsletter Printing

If your association or group prints a newsletter for members, we will print it for free. Click here to email us about your specific needs.

     Resource Library

We have access to hundreds of articles, templates, pamphlets and other educational resources to help your group function better, create a common vision, study your neighborhood’s assets or start organizing. You can visit with us as at the resource center at 1228 S. Main to get started on your project.

     Quarterly Educational Workshops

Coming in March will be a workshop on recycling including an opportunity to get supplies for a Spring “clean-up”.

We’ve held the first annual Neighborhood Summit and two well-attended workshops with topics ranging from grant applications to community-building projects, and a recent workshop on working with local government. The Neighborhood Network will continue to offer educational workshops on a range of topics throughout the year.

If you have a suggestion for a topic, we’d love to hear from you. Click here for details on the next Neighborhood Summit and to register for this free event.

Neighborhood Grants

There are many ways your neighborhood can access funds for special projects and improvement initiatives. The Neighborhood Network staff can help you identify projects and funding opportunities, as well as create applications that showcase your project and how it will benefit residents and the community at large.

Two grant opportunities are:
     Promise Partners
     Pottawattamie Community Foundation