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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. Dec 2

    News Blog: Snow in the forecast? What you need to know to get home safe in Portland

    Forecasters are still uncertain about the timing and amount of snow we could get in the Portland area on Monday morning, but it never hurts to be prepared!

  2. Dec 1

    News Release: Commissioner Novick, Community Members and PBOT Officials Retire Portland's Last Remaining Parking Meter

    Commissioner Steve Novick, community stakeholders and PBOT representatives officially closed an era in Portland parking history today as they retired the city's last remaining single space parking meter.

  3. Nov 30

    PBOT News Release: Traffic volumes significantly reduced on SE Clinton Street following safety and design improvements by the Portland Bureau of Transportation

    The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) released its findings today after six months of testing and observation of design improvements on the SE Clinton Neighborhood Greenway.

  4. Nov 30

    Historic Highway in Troutdale closed during Friday tree lighting

    Two blocks of the East Historic Columbia River Highway in downtown Troutdale will be closed on Friday, December 2 from 5:30 pm until as late as 8:30 pm during the city’s tree lighting ceremony. The Historic Highway will be closed between S Buxton Avenue and SE Hawlow Avenue. SE Dora Avenue also will be closed between the Historic Highway and SE 2nd Street. Signs will direct through traffic to a short detour route. Interstate 84 is also an alternate route.

  5. Nov 30

    PBOT News Blog: Community members step up to make Vision Zero a reality

    Bright orange yard signs are blossoming on Portland streets. The signs, free to borrow from PBOT, reflect a shared desire for people to drive safely in Portland.