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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. Jun 20

    Commissioner Fritz Asks City Council to Refer 3% Tax on Recreational Marijuana Sales

    On Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m., Portland City Council will consider referring to voters a 3% tax on recreational marijuana sales, with revenues allocated to drug and alcohol education and treatment, public safety, and support for innovative neighborhood small businesses.

  2. Jun 20

    Public Hearing: Tax Exemption Applications for 2 New Rental Projects

    On Tuesday, July 5, the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing to discuss two new applications being considered for approval for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program.

  3. Jun 14

    Sign Up for ONI Notification to Stay Informed!

    ONI has a tool that allows you to sign up and receive news and information to connect the people of Portland with opportunities for engagement around City decision making and public policy, community livability and safety.

  4. Jun 14

    New and Diverse Voices - DCL 2016 Small Grants Call for Proposals

    The Diversity and Civic Leadership (DCL) Program is providing one-time small grants for community engagement and capacity building projects for community-based orgs led by and serving people of color, immigrants and refugees. Applications Due 6/13/16.

  5. Jun 14

    National Night Out: Building Community, Tuesday August 2, 2016

    On this day, neighbors host and attend small block parties or neighborhood events to strengthen their relationships with one another in the spirit of creating safer neighborhoods.