The city’s Neighborhood Enhancement Action Team, known as NEAT, is a self-help, beautification program that builds community assets. NEAT not only helps improve the quality of life of residents in need, but it is a valuable tool that helps Kaufman attract new development. Most importantly, it is neighbors helping neighbors. The NEAT program focuses on restoring and cleaning up one neighborhood at a time, two times a year. The impact NEAT has is far reaching. The program targets about 200 homes and businesses with maintenance issues and code violations each year. A recent clean-up effort included more than 70 volunteers that repaired and painted 12 houses and filled three 30-yard dumpsters full of trash and debris. The NEAT program is truly a community-wide effort and relies on city staff, volunteers, and local businesses to donate their time, expertise, money, and supplies.