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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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Neighborhood Program

  1. 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. Jul 31

    Temporary Program Changes to Refunds of Sewer Connection Permit Fees, Administrative Rules ENB-4.29, take effect August 1, 2014

    The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) has adopted temporary administrative rules for refunding permit fees for connections to city sewers, storm sewers and drainage systems. The temporary rules apply to situations when a BES connection permit applicant is eligible for a partial refund of the original permit application fee. Refunds are limited to 80% of the connection permit application fee.

  2. Jul 30

    Marine Drive closed during weekend triathlons

    A portion of N.E. Marine Drive between N.E. 33rd Avenue and N.E. 223rd Avenue will be closed on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 during two triathlon events. Multnomah County will close the section of N.E. Marine Drive between N.E. Interlachen Lane and N.E. 223rd Avenue from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  3. Jul 29

    Downtown section of Troutdale highway to close for Sunday event

    The Historic Columbia River Highway in downtown Troutdale will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 3 during the Troutdale Cruise-In event. The closure is between South Buxton Avenue and SE Kibling Street. Interstate 84 is a convenient alternate route when the highway is closed.

  4. Jul 23

    Lane closure during Hawthorne Bridge east sidewalk work

    A sidewalk widening project at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge, near SE Grand Avenue, will require a daytime lane closure until mid-August. Multnomah County is widening the sidewalk at the east end of the Hawthorne viaduct, the eastbound structure that connects the bridge with SE Hawthorne Boulevard.

  5. Jul 23

    Urban Renewal Area Amendments Q&A

    The amendments would: Reduce the impact of urban renewal on taxing jurisdictions; Provide resources to meet economic development, redevelopment, and affordable housing goals; and Support Portland State University.