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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

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  1. Sep 4

    IRCO Engage '16 application form

    Application form for IRCO (Immigrant Refugee Community Organization) ENGAGE '16 leadership program, which aims to develop immigrant and refugee community members and organizations to become effective advocates engaging in city government. Deadline Oct 30.

  2. Sep 4

    IRCO Leadership Opportunities e-news, Sept.

    IRCO e-newsletter on Leadership Opportunities, Sept. 2015: Expungement Clinic, Oct. 30, Dec. 11; 2016 Civic Engagement Grants Program in outer East Portland; Health Share of Oregon Community Advisory Committee; more.

  3. Sep 4

    SE 45th/46th and Sherman Sewer Repair Project Update: September 4, 2015

    Environmental Services has started work on a project to replace and upsize about 700 feet of public sewer pipes on SE 45th and SE 46th avenues between SE Sherman and SE Division streets. The sewers are 103 years old and deteriorating due to age. Several pipes have holes and roots in them. The work also includes adding 320 feet of pipe on SE Ivon Street between SE 41st and SE 42nd avenues.

  4. Sep 4

    Portland’s Balch Gulch Bridge Project Named to APWA 2015 Public Works Projects of the Year

    Congratulations to PBOT's Bridges and Structures Group on winning the American Public Works Association 2015 Public Works Project of the Year Award!

  5. Sep 4

    Traffic Alert: NW Front Ave CLOSED at NW Kittridge for emergency rail repairs

    The Portland Bureau of Transportation has closed NW Front Avenue at NW Kittridge Avenue for emergency rail line repairs after a train car derailment this morning on a private spur that crosses NW Front Avenue. Detours will be in place until repairs can be completed by the spur owner, but it is not yet known how long the closure will last.