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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. Apr 29

    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.

  2. Apr 29

    Please help spread the word about upcoming MAX improvement project that will temporarily alter service May 8-21

    TriMet has a major MAX improvement project coming up that will require adjustments to all MAX lines, leading to very crowded trains.

  3. Apr 29

    Comment on Draft Code Language for Deconstruction Requirement Through May 18, 2016

    The Bureau of Development Services is providing notification of an opportunity to comment on a proposed deconstruction requirement being brought forth by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

  4. Apr 29

    One northbound lane on SW Naito Parkway to be converted to two-way walking and biking facility from May 2 to July 31, 2016

    Better Naito is returning to Portland for a second summer. The pilot project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.

  5. Apr 29

    Waiver of System Development Charges (SDC) for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Extended until July 2018

    On April 13, 2016 City Council unanimously passed a Resolution extending the current waiver of System Development Charges for Accessory Dwelling Units.