Community-based Organization outreach

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Community Engagement Plan

Community-based Organizations

Beyond the broader public involvement outlined in the MP2H Community Engagement Plan, the FTA grant funds helped fund community-based organizations to conduct outreach to underserved communities. These organizations engaged communities they generally serve, many of which included a high percentage of BIPOC community members, with a focus on reaching and learning the perspectives of underserved people in, or connected to, the project area. 

The organizations involved in this outreach included:

  • Friendly House – NW Portland
  • Northwest Industrial Business Association (NIBA) and Columbia Corridor Association – NW Portland
  • Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) – NE Portland
  • Hollywood Senior Center and Urban League of Portland – NE Portland

Community-based Organizations – Outreach Reports

Starting in the fall of 2020, each organization engaged with the communities they serve and prepared a report, linked below, which included summaries of the feedback received and issues highlighted. This feedback was used to help shape the desired project outcomes. 

Overview videos

In 2020, BPS prepared overview presentations to aid in this outreach work.   

Overview slides 

Additional Community-based Organization Input

In addition to the outreach and feedback provided by the CBOs funded through the FTA grant in 2020-21, the project team also worked with the York Street Work Group in 2022-23. Sponsored by the Portland Harbor Community Coalition, the York Street Work Group has interest in raising awareness and commemorating the contributions of York, an enslaved member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and Black history in Portland, as well as equitable development.