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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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Neighborhood Program

  • Rosewood Mural Rosewood Initiative Mural, in Portland's Centennial Neighborhood, now covers the back wall of a gas station which used to be constantly defaced with graffiti.

Portland's nationally recognized neighborhood system is made up of 95 recognized, independent neighborhood associations and seven neighborhood district coalition offices that represent the entire city of Portland.

ONI works to create community-building partnerships, provide technical assistance to other City bureau's outreach and involvement efforts, and trains community members in leadership and community organizing skills.

ONI provides grant funding that helps the district coalitions provide support and technical assistance to the volunteer-based neighborhood associations, community groups and individual citizen-activists.

ONI supports Portland's Neighborhood System primarily through:

  • Grants to the seven district coalitions to provide support and tech assistance to the neighborhood associations in their districts.

  • Neighborhood Small Grants Program

  • Training events

  • Technical assistance and problem solving

  • Best practices materials

  • ONI Standards

  • Liaison and coordination with City bureaus on issues that affect NAs and Coalitions

  • Support for the monthly neighborhood coalition directors and chairs meeting

For more information about ONI's Neighborhood program contact: Paul Leistner, 503-823-5284 or Brian Hoop, 503-823-3075

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  1. May 27

    News Advisory (Updated with hours): Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for SW Capitol Highway at SW Miles Street on Friday, May 27

    The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Friday, May 27 at the marked crossing on SW Capitol Highway at SW Miles Street from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  2. May 27

    NW District Sewer Repair Project UPDATE

    Environmental Services is continuing construction on a project to replace about 8,000 feet of sewer pipe that is in poor condition in northwest Portland. The pipes range in size from eight to 36 inches. The project will increase sewer system capacity and help prevent sewer backups in basements. The project is expected to last up to 18 months.

  3. May 26

    Lower Powell Green Street and Sewer Repair Project Update: May 26, 2016

    Work has started on an Environmental Services project to replace and repair 4,508 feet of aging sewer pipe. The work includes constructing 22 green street planters and planting trees to absorb rain and reduce stormwater runoff. The project will keep about 1.6 million gallons of stormwater out of sewers annually, increase sewer system capacity and reduce basement backups.

  4. May 26

    Piedmont Sewer Repair Project Update: May 25, 2016

    Crews are scheduled to begin final trench paving efforts tomorrow, May 26

  5. May 26

    Revised Interpretation of the Delay of and Notification for Demolitions and Major Alteration/Additions

    Effective May 17, 2016, BDS will apply the neighborhood notification and delay provisions to all non-accessory structures with one or more residential units with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation.