Governing policies and training resources

The work of the Community Involvement Committee is informed and guided by laws, best practices, and guidance from a variety of sources.

City requirements and guidance

State requirements

Federal requirements and guidance

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that all city activities be made accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 declares that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. As Portland receives Federal financial assistance, discrimination is prohibited for all City activities. In public involvement activities, the City must provide interpretation and language assistance, avoid or mitigate environmental injustice, and ensure that all people are able to participate in meaningful public involvement.  Title VI also requires robust collection, analysis, and use of data about demographics, needs assessments, burdens and benefits, and more.
  • The City’s Office of Equity and Human Rights provides support to City staff in working to meet and exceed the requirements of federal civil rights laws. There are City plans and programs in place to support the ADA and Title VI requirements.

Other guiding documents

Training resources