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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

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, covers the back wall of a gas station which was constantly defaced.

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.

Office of Community & Civic Life 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.

Civic Life 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.

Civic Life 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

  • Civic Life 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 Civic Life Neighborhood program contact: Paul Leistner, 503-823-5284

Notifications View all »

  1. Oct 10

    Read the October 9 issue of Civic Life Updates

    This week: an announcement about our new Civic Life Updates format, links to complete or check voter registration status, the Motor Voter Act, Request a welcome Letter from the Mayor, Access Tip and a Career Fair at Bureau of Development Services

  2. Oct 5

    Have a say: Metro seeks applicants for influential advisory committees

    Metro is seeking volunteers for positions on three committees that advise on regional transportation issues, public engagement and racial equity. Several appointments are open for terms starting in January. Applications accepted until Oct. 22, 20118.

  3. Oct 3

    Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee

    We are excited to announce the new members of the Office of Community & Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) for the 2019-20 fiscal year!

  4. Oct 3

    Central Northeast Neighbors October E-News

    Community and Civic Engagement Small Grants Due November 13; A Path Together for Emerging Leaders; October Candidates Forum; Cross Coalition Community Planning Hour Save-the-Date; and more!

  5. Aug 31