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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

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204

Neighbors Together

Neighbors Together goes Virtual!

Join the conversation to keep connecting during physical distancing measures. 

We are offering a new virtual community conversation providing resources and tips on how to support one another with creative ideas on reaching out to neighbors, especially those isolated and without digital access.You can request this virtual conversation or any of the topics below by filling out this short form or please call us at 503-823-4064.

  • Share a picture or a story on social media that spreads hope. How are YOU connecting with others non-digitally while staying home? #KeepConnectingPDX #WeGotThisPDX  


What is Neighbors Together?

Neighbors Together is about connecting neighbors with an emphasis on community building. Neighbors Together activates multiple collaborative and creative solutions to community safety. This training supports neighbors to work with each other, with the City, and with community to better address a range of public safety considerations such as active transportation, emergency preparedness, personal safety, community advocacy, youth safety, and more. The Justice for Families' Night Out for Safety & Democracy expresses this approach with: 

"I don't watch my neighbors. I see them. We make our community safer together."  

National Night Out celebration hosted by New Columbia Home Forward in McCoy Park. This video explores how Portlanders define community safety. To turn on close captions for this video, please select the "CC" button located bottom right of video. 

How to Activate Neighbors Together

  • Meet with your neighbors or community.

  • Identify community safety interests.

  • Connect with Community Safety Coordinators for a training.

  • Organize a meeting to create a plan that helps address safety related goals-include some ways to have a conversation that is inclusive of different perspectives. 

  • Collaborate on safety efforts and access resources provided at the training. 


Schedule a Group Training

We coordinate trainings tailored to the safety interests of your group. Trainings are offered to groups of 5 or more participants who live, work, go to school, and/or play in Portland. Our trainings usually range from 30-90 minutes, depending on the topic(s) or needs of the group.

Training topics can include, but not limited to:

  • Emergency preparedness awareness
  • Personal safety awareness
  • Active transportation, safe routes to school & pedestrian safety awareness
  • Social connections, how to reduce social isolation conversation
  • Youth safety
  • Public safety systems navigation and reporting hate/bias
  • Community advocacy & organizing
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles
  • Block party organizing and other street events
  • Multi-dwelling safety (apartments, condos)
  • Community care litter removal event (schools, parks, block) 
  • Bicycle theft prevention

Neighbors Together Workbook

Workbook from the Neighbors Together Conversation

Neighbors Together Brochure

Information about the Neighbors Together trainings

Keep It Pretty Rose City

SOLVE's how to lead a neighborhood cleanup flyer

Metro's Community Placemaking grants

Metro’s Community Placemaking grants help people tackle challenges or opportunities by supporting arts-based, equity-focused efforts. Up to $190,000 is available in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. No matching funds are required.

Small Grant Resources

Grant sources that promote community and neighborhood resiliency