Empowerment Congress West Area NDC (ECWA) is a vehicle for stakeholders to shape the policies and decisions which affect their lives. The mission of a neighborhood council is to continuously improve the quality of life for its stakeholders and ensure a safe, healthy, and economically sustainable community. The neighborhood council is dedicated to:

  • Working with community stakeholders and city officials to identify community concerns, develop solutions and advocate for the necessary resources and/or public policies to meet the needs of the community
  • Promoting and increasing civic engagement and community participation in government through timely access to information, decision making and opportunities for leadership
  • Making government more responsive to the needs of the community and facilitating the delivery of city services and city government responses to ECWA’s issues and requests for assistance
  • Fostering a sense of community and supporting dialog, interaction, and cooperation among the diverse socio-economic and ethnic stakeholders that make up the community
  • Collaborating with other communities and neighborhood councils on common issues and concerns


Neighborhood Council membership is open to all Stakeholders. “Stakeholders” shall be defined as those who live, work or own real property in the neighborhood and also those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder, defined as a person who affirms a substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council’s boundaries and who may be in a community organization such as, but not limited to, educational, non-profit and/or religious organizations. Members of the Council shall be referred to as “Community Stakeholders.”