From the Mayor’s Office of Communications
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that he has started using Nextdoor (nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to better connect with residents on a hyper-local level. The mayor will be posting under the city’s Nextdoor account, which was established in May.
Mayor Turner’s partnership with Nextdoor comes at an important time, as residents across the city are working to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. On Nextdoor, Mayor Turner and Nextdoor neighborhoods will be able to work together on this important issue, and future topics that affect the city. He joins the City, Houston Police Department, Houston Office of Emergency Management, Houston Fire Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Ready Harris on Nextdoor, making it one of the most comprehensive Nextdoor partnerships in the country. He joins over 2,500 public agencies across the country that are using Nextdoor for Public Agencies.
“As Hurricane Harvey has proven, Houston is an innovative, resourceful, and resilient city. Our residents have shown their strength over the past two months, as neighbors have come together to help one another in the face of tragedy,” Mayor Turner said. “During Harvey, Nextdoor became a lifeline for many, and our agency departments relied on it to share critical information before, during, and after the storm. I am thrilled to join Nextdoor today, and look forward to building stronger relationships with the residents we serve.”
Houston has always been a strong market for Nextdoor. Hundreds of thousands of Houston neighbors from more than 1,105 neighborhoods, are connected on the neighborhood network, representing one in five Houston households.nWith Nextdoor, Houston residents create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. Mayor Turner is able to post information, such as public safety issues, community events and activities, and local services to Nextdoor websites within the city.
Nextdoor is free for residents and city departments. Each Houston neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and Mayor Turner is not able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit nextdoor.com and enter their address.