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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: Mingus Mapps, 503-823-5827

Notifications View all »

  1. Feb 21

    Portland Housing Bureau Advisory Bodies Seek New Members

    Seeking Members for the Fair Housing Advocacy Committee, North/Northeast Oversight Committee, Portland Housing Advisory Commission, and Rental Services Commission

  2. Feb 20

    Free Legal Clinics: Rules of the Road

    North Portland Beighborhood Services legal clinic, Tuesday, February 25th, 6:30-7:30, Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon

  3. Feb 18

    Learn about 2020 Central City in Motion transit priority projects at upcoming open houses in February and March

    Tuesday, Feb 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Street; Wednesday, Feb 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Revolution Hall, Astoria Room, 1300 SE Stark St; and Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Portland Building, Room 100, 1120 SW 5th Ave

  4. Feb 18

    Hate, Housing, and the Landscape of Our City

    Portland United Against Hate Civic Dialogue workshop: March 18, 6:30pm – 9:00pm Kenton Firehouse, 2209 N. Schofield Street

  5. Feb 3

    Public Comments Requested on City's Proposed Rules Governing Private Capping of a Neighbor's Sewer Line

    Public comments accepted 8:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, through 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020. Public hearing by request only from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Conference Room 4(a) (4th Floor) at 1900 SW 4th Ave.