Don't go at it alone.
See if you can
find some friends and neighbors to help organize the first meeting. You might find someone who has talent as an organizer or meeting planner. Allow 3-4 weeks before the meeting to ensure sufficient time to prepare for the meeting and mail meeting notices.
Reserve a multi-purpose meeting room. The most common locations are schools or churches.
The meeting room should be a familiar location where all attendees can feel comfortable and safe.
The meeting room should be clean and have bathrooms and good lighting.
Consider access issues for individuals with disabilities.
Consider the acoustics in the room and whether or not you need a sound system
Are there enough chairs and/or tables available?
Consider the travel options of residents wishing to participate and possibly organize transportation assistance for elderly or others who have no way of getting to the meeting.
Consider having a speaker to talk about a topic of particular interest to the neighborhood.
Compose an invitation letter with the date, time and location of the meeting.
Mail the invitation letter at least one week before the meeting.