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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

ONI Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

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

ONI Blog View all »

  1. Sep 3

    SW Stephenson & Hamilton Roadside Swale Construction Update

    Environmental Services is preparing to construct a stormwater management project along SW Stephenson Street between SW 35th Avenue and Boones Ferry Road and SW Hamilton Street between SW 40th and 47th avenues to help protect water quality in Fanno and Tryon creeks. Construction is expected to begin in late summer and will last for several months.

  2. Sep 3

    NE Coalition of Neighborhoods e-newsletter, Sept. 2015

    E-newsletter of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Sept. 2015: Summer in September jambalaya festival & bbq, Sept. 12; NECN land use committee explores how to raise money for transportation; Affordable housing advocacy; and more.

  3. Sep 3

    Ian Cannon named Multnomah County Transportation Division Director

    Ian Cannon has been named to the permanent position of Multnomah County Engineer and Transportation Division Director.

  4. Sep 3

    Lower Powell Green Street and Sewer Repair Project Update: September 1, 2015

    Environmental Services plans to begin construction this winter on a project to replace and repair 4,508 feet of aging sewer pipe. The work will include 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.

  5. Sep 3

    Updated: Temporary Discontinuation of IVR Credit Card Payment Option and Changes to the BDS Online Permitting System

    This work will also impact the Bureau’s online permitting system for simple trade permits. The system will be unavailable on Friday, September 4, 2015 between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM while upgrades to the system are in progress.