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1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204
The Office of Community & Civic Life provides coordination of Portland’s “neighborhood network.” This neighborhood system—nationally recognized in the 1990s—is made up of 94 recognized neighborhood associations and seven neighborhood district coalition offices located throughout the city. These district coalitions and offices provide support and technical assistance to the volunteer-based neighborhood associations, community groups and individual activists.
A neighborhood association is the officially designated, recognized organization for a specific geographic location. Neighborhood associations are the heart of neighborhood activities. Each association is self-governed by citizen-written bylaws that determine boundaries, the election and function of officers, and the frequency of meetings. Neighborhood associations work to reflect the issues and needs of its members.
District coalition and area neighborhood offices provide direct support and services to the neighborhood associations within their boundaries. A neighborhood coalition board supervises each office and contracts with Civic Life for funding. Each coalition board is composed of representatives from local neighborhood associations and other interested groups. Like the independent neighborhood associations, each board and local office determines its own procedures and standards for operation.
Civic Life’s Community Neighborhood Involvement Center staff—public involvement outreach specialists—work with the district coalitions, offices, neighborhood associations and other community associations to coordinate organizing efforts, train community members in leadership and community organizing skills, create community-building partnerships, and provide technical assistance to other City bureaus’ outreach and involvement efforts.
How to find your neighborhood!
Directory of contacts for Neighborhood Association, Business District Associations, and District Coalition offices.
Links to Web Sites of Neighborhood Associations in Portland
Information Regarding the Seven Neighborhood District Coalition Offices
Maps and Boundaries for the Neighborhood Associations
Bylaws for each of the Portland Neighborhood Associations
Demographic Info organized by neighborhood for 1990 and 2000 census.
Articles of Incorporation for each of the Portland Neighborhood Associations
Standards for Portland's Neighborhood Associations, District Coalitions, Business Associations and ONI