The Dallas Homeowners League brings together community leaders from all parts of Dallas to exchange ideas for the betterment of all of our neighborhoods. DHL works to grow and strengthen residential associations across the city.
A major function of the League is to support its member neighborhoods in lobbying the City Council and the Boards and Commissions of the City of Dallas, Texas on various public issues. The League also acts as a coordinator for input from grassroots organizations on issues having citywide or larger impact, for example, by providing comments to the City on the Comprehensive Plan or on proposed amendments to the Dallas Development Code. The League is an all-volunteer organization, with no paid or permanent staff. It is a Texas not-for-profit corporation, exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Educational programs are also a big part of the League’s mission. Educational seminars on various civic topics are held throughout the year. Self determination for neighborhoods begins with knowing what the available options are and then empowering the community to achieve its goals. We have a rich tradition of providing neighborhood residents with programming on a variety of topics. Examples of past League sponsored programs include:
The keystone of DHL’s educational efforts is our annual neighborhood leadership boot camp, held in late summer at city hall. Hundreds of neighborhood activists attend to network and participate in multiple educational sessions. A noted keynote speaker kicks off each boot camp with a discussion of a citywide issue especially relevant to Dallas neighborhoods.
Perhaps the greatest measure of our success lies in our cadre of volunteers — ordinary people that get involved in their local community and work together to make a difference for all the citizens of Dallas. Through their work with the League, many of those volunteers have gained the knowledge and experience to serve us well on the City’s Boards and Commissions and on the Dallas City Council.