Portland’s Neighborhood Geography
The seven neighborhood offices each serve a group of neighborhoods with unique individual character and needs. Here is a brief summary of the different types of activities which have been occurring in each area:
East Portland Neighborhood Office — www.eastportland.org
Serves 13 Neighborhood Associations: 503.823.4550
EPNO encourages residents to engage with local government and build community. An Asset Based Community Development project provides support for listening and building relationships in immediate communities. The East Portland Action Plan, an ongoing group, provides advocacy and leadership in implementation of the East Portland Action Plan, a guide for improving livability in East Portland. Both our website and our printed East Portland Neighborhood Association News highlight neighborhood events, projects and opportunities to get involved. We support neighborhood committees, activities and the Neighborhood Small Grants.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods — www.necoalition.org
Serves 12 Neighborhood Associations: 503.388.5004
Fostering highly inclusive civic engagement, NECN, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, is dedicated to the livability of twelve inner North & Northeast neighborhoods, supporting a socio-economically and culturally diverse area. NECN is known as a project incubator, serving the diverse populations of inner North and Northeast Portland by offering the opportunity to affect social change with community-driven solutions and providing resources to empower volunteer leaders to achieve common objectives. Additionally, NECN serves as core support (outreach, training, organizing, etc) for neighborhoods, committees, and community members.
SE Uplift— www.southeastuplift.org
Serves 20 Neighborhood Associations: 503.232.0010
SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition acts as a convener for our neighborhoods, business districts and community groups, bringing people together through a variety of events to encourage networking, resource sharing and collaboration. Our programs frequently change, responding to community members’ needs and interests. Most recently, our Land Use Committee held a lively and well-attended workshop to help prepare our neighbors for effective participation in the upcoming Portland Plan presentations. Our program areas include Neighborhood Leadership, Communications, Land Use/Livability, Sustainability & Fiscal Sponsorship
Neighbors West-Northwest — www.nwnw.org
Serves 12 Neighborhood Associations: 503.823.4288
Neighbors West-Northwest serves neighborhoods ranging from the most densely populated to the least populated areas of Portland. Our neighborhoods advocate for public restrooms, community arts, pedestrian safety, environmental protection and more. They forge connections with local businesses and communities of interest & clean trash off the sidewalks. The anchoring community establishments include the Linnton, Hillside & Zimmerman Community Centers, the NW Community Garden, and several educational institutions. Our monthly newsletter, The Neighborhood Activist, circulation 30,000, highlights our activities
Central Northeast Neighbors — www.cnncoalition.org
Serves 8 Neighborhood Associations: 503.823.3156
CNN supports efforts that contribute to community livability, diversity, safety, and sustainability in Central NE Portland. CNN provides a forum to empower communities to take action on issues that lead to collaborative efforts. CNN’s Livable Communities Project supports Neighborhood Associations for community building projects such as the Beaumont Middle School Learning Courtyard, Hollywood Community Chess Tables, and Free Summer Concerts in Rose City Park. To engage all neighbors and to increase cultural awareness, CNN hosts the Cross-Cultural Workshop Series. Other initiatives include the Somali Outreach Project in Cully and working with PSU students to promote neighborhood-serving business districts such as the Imagine 82nd Vision Plan and the PDX International District.
North Portland Neighborhood Services — www.npnscommunity.org
Serves 11 Neighborhood Associations: 503.823.4524
North Portland Neighborhood Services mission is to foster assets based community development in North Portland. NPNS provides support and technical assistance for individuals and groups engaged in developing grass root programs, communication & cross cultural awareness, and land use & environmental issues. NPNS serves a number of programs that build community in North Portland including: 11 neighborhood associations, Frente Comun Latinos del Norte, two community centers, the North Portland Tool Library, business associations, a superfund project, a trail consortium, two farmers markets, the North Portland Land Use Group, community based art programs, neighborhood clean ups and over 30 grant funded projects. NPNS also supports & maintains the Historic Kenton Firehouse and its naturescaped green space employing sustainable technologies which provides no cost space to local community groups.
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc — www.swni.org
Serves 17 Neighborhood Associations and 3 Business Associations:503.823.4592
Some unique work accomplished this year includes a Bicycle Commuter workshop, outreach to schools, and community conversations with nearly 1000 residents about Halo local improvement districts. SW Trails created a strategy to improve infrastructure for bicyclists in SW Portland. Cleanup events collected over 85 tons of material (80% was recycled). We have 14 neighborhood Watershed Stewardship groups. Other community based projects included: a basketball camp for low-income children, a Community Policing Reception, holiday celebrations, food drives, candidate forums, a historic resource assessment, monthly guided trail walks, two farmer markets, and the Multnomah Days 2008 Centennial celebration. SWNI publishes a free newspaper to over 10,000 households every month to engage and inform the community .