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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

    Crosswalk enforcement action slated for SE Powell Boulevard at SE 24th Avenue on May 27

    The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at the marked crosswalk of SE Powell Boulevard and SE 24th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

  2. May 26

    Brookside Green Street Project Update: May 22, 2015

    Environmental Services is designing two green street planters that will collect stormwater runoff from SE Foster Road that currently flows untreated directly into Johnson Creek. The project will protect public health and water quality in Johnson Creek. Construction on the Brookside Green Street Project should begin later this summer.

  3. May 22

    Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, May 2015 e-newsletter

    E-newsletter for NE Coalition of Neighborhoods, May 2015: Good in the Hood Parade, June 27; NNEBA MLK Dream Run '15, Aug. 1, 2; and more...

  4. May 22

    Traffic Advisory: Spring paving to close lanes on N Denver Avenue from May 26-June 2

    The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Denver Avenue from N Rosa Parks Way to N Buffalo Street from Tuesday, May 26 to Tuesday June 2 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

  5. May 22

    NW Front Avenue Green Street Planters Project Update: May 22, 2015

    Environmental Services uses green streets throughout the city to help manage stormwater and protect water quality in our rivers and streams. This project will pilot planter designs meant to manage stormwater runoff from the public right-of-way in areas with surrounding industrial uses. Green streets also add green space to neighborhoods.