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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. Jul 27

    Lower Powell Green Street and Sewer Repair Project Update: July 25, 2016

    Work continues on an Environmental Services project to replace and repair 4,508 feet of aging sewer pipe. The work includes constructing 22 green street planters and planting trees to absorb rain and reduce stormwater runoff. The project will keep about 1.6 million gallons of stormwater out of sewers annually, increase sewer system capacity and reduce basement backups.

  2. Jul 27

    SE Hawthorne-Salmon Area Green Street and Sewer Project: July 25, 2016

    Environmental Services continues construction on the SE Hawthorne-Salmon Area Green Street and Sewer Project. The project includes installing 23 green street planters, planting 100 street trees, and repairing or replacing over 10,000 feet of public sewer pipe. These improvements will extend the service life of our sewer system and protect public health, property and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses.

  3. Jul 27

    Piedmont Sewer Repair Project Update: July 27, 2016

    Construction hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  4. Jul 26

    Powell Sewer Repair Project Construction Update: July 26, 2016

    Construction is continuing on Environmental Services’ SE Powell Sewer Repair Project

  5. Jul 26

    2nd Notice: Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax Effective August 1, 2016

    A new Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax (CET), proposed by the Portland Housing Bureau, will go into effect on August 1, 2016.