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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Supporting clients of color and those with ADA disabilities as they solve code violations on residential or commercial properties.

The Empowered Neighborhoods Program is designed to serve clients who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, or clients with disabilities defined by the ADA who own property and have received a letter from the City’s Enforcement Program requesting that issues on the property be fixed to avoid fees. Read more about the program

Striving to maintain a clear focus on each client’s goals, we help bridge the gap between each client’s resources and the building/zoning code requirements.:

  • We visit the site to understand the issues
  • We help clients brainstorm options that meet building and zoning codes
  • We gather an ideal team to serve each client
  • We walk clients through the work to be completed including planning, permitting, and construction
  • We inform clients of potential assistance from the City and the community
  • We advocate for clients

Completion of this form does not guarantee acceptance into the Empowered Neighborhoods Program. If you meet program eligibility, a team member will contact you with next steps. If you falsify or deliberately misrepresent information on this form, your application will not be accepted into the program.

If you are not accepted into the Empowered Neighborhoods Program, you will be notified with alternative resources for your project.

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Empowered Neighborhoods Program

The program is designed to assist any homeowner or business owner who received an enforcement letter and identifies as one the following
Referring to your enforcement letter, which of the following did the City state that you need to obtain?
Voluntary Information

The Voluntary Information section below helps our team to continually aim for more balanced and diverse involvement in our process and programs. We will monitor these statistics to determine whether we are hearing from a diverse representation of Portlanders, and to make adjustments in our outreach, engagement, and program development as needed. Our team deeply values the needs of the community and we strongly encourage you to complete the form.

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What is your geographic area of occupancy?
Which best describes your current property?
Low income fee waivers are available to clients at or below 80% of the HUD limits defined at:

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