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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. Oct 24

    Deconstruction Requirements Effective October 31, 2016

    Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource.

  2. Oct 24

    St. Johns-Cathedral Park Sewer Repair Project: Design continues

    Environmental Services is designing a project to repair more than 15,000, or about 3 miles, of public sewers in the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods. Many of the sewer pipes are about 80 years old and in deteriorating condition. This project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

  3. Oct 21

    SW Terwilliger Boulevard Sewer Project Update: October 19, 2016

    Environmental Services tentatively anticipates beginning construction late next month on 7,600 feet of an eight-inch sewer in Terwilliger Boulevard from SW Northgate Avenue to Highway 43. The city originally planned to start work on this project in May 2014 but postponed it to avoid conflicts with Multnomah County’s Sellwood Bridge project.

  4. Oct 21

    Tabor Sewer Repair Project Update

    The maps posted at show the anticipated construction schedule through December and look ahead through November 6. Work in each area will take a few weeks to complete and there will be periods of inactivity between construction phases.

  5. Oct 20

    New traffic signal at NE Columbia at Alderwood increases safety and freight efficiency in Cully

    Last Thursday our Signals & Street Lighting and Maintenance crews turned on a new traffic signal at NE Columbia Boulevard and NE Alderwood Road in the Cully neighborhood, completing the first of many infrastructure improvements coming to the area.