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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

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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

ONI Blog View all »

  1. Aug 4

    Woodlawn-King Sewer Repair Project: Design Continues

    Environmental Services is designing a sewer replacement project in the Woodlawn and King neighborhoods of northeast Portland to replace or repair 11 miles of 90-year-old, deteriorating public sewer pipes. The sewer repairs will enhance livability by increasing sewer capacity and reducing the risks of street flooding and sewage releases to streets, homes and businesses.

  2. Aug 4

    Spirit of Portland Awards 2015 - nominations now accepted through Friday, Sept. 11

    2015 Spirit of Portland Awards – Nominations now being accepted through Friday, Sept. 11

  3. Aug 3

    Residential Infill Project recruiting members for Stakeholder Advisory Committee

    Portlanders sought to represent their communities and neighborhoods to advise City staff on new development standards in single-dwelling residential areas

  4. Aug 3

    Southwest Ventilation Project Update: July 31, 2015

    Construction has progressed to SW Virginia Avenue from SW Taylors Ferry Road in an Environmental Services project to reduce sewer odors and increase the capacity of the Southwest Parallel Interceptor sewer system. The project is designed to accommodate current needs and potential growth. Since February, the contractor has installed about 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe and 6 manholes along SW Taylors Ferry Road.

  5. Jul 31

    Traffic changes at SE Tacoma and SE 6th August 3 - 7

    Construction at the intersection of SE Tacoma Street and SE 6th Avenue from August 3 – 7 will lead to temporary traffic changes for drivers that week. From 10 am on Monday, August 3 until late afternoon on Friday, August 7, no left turns will be permitted at the intersection, due to grading and paving work in the middle of the intersection. Traffic on 6th Ave. will be unable to cross Tacoma St. during the week.