There are 94 City-recognized neighborhood associations within the City of Portland. Each neighborhood association serves a geographic neighborhood boundary. City Code chapter 3.96 creates a framework by which the people of the City of Portland may effectively participate in civic affairs and work to improve the livability and character of their neighborhoods and the City. Chapter 3.96 sets out the basis for City recognition of neighborhood associations and district coalitions, and the responsibilities and benefits accruing thereto. This code directs City staff to adopt and revise Standards that govern neighborhood associations, district coalitions and the Office of Community & Civic Life (Civic Life).
Portland neighborhoods are grouped into seven Neighborhood Districts. Each district is supported in one of two ways; grant funding to a nonprofit District Coalition Office (DCO) or direct support through Civic Life. Support for neighborhood associations includes:
- Placement in the City's public directory of neighborhoods
- Recognition on PortlandMaps
- Notifications by agencies of the City as required in the City Code on matters that fall within the neighborhood association boundaries in regard to planning efforts, policy matters, and decisions affecting the livability, safety, and/or economic vitality of a neighborhood
- Operational support services such as a mailing address, assistance with communications, training and other technical assistance
- Promotion of neighborhood association work through Civic Life's social media and bi-monthly newsletter
- Depending on available funding, an expense reimbursement program
Neighborhood Association Structure and ONI Standards
Neighborhood associations are incorporated in the state of Oregon as non-profit organizations. Through Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, neighborhood associations construct models of governance that fit their unique needs. Each association agrees to follow Standards in order to be recognized by the city.
Find Your Neighborhood Association
Find out which neighborhood association serves your neighborhood by visiting Portland Maps. Enter your address and the result screen will show a map on the left and property information on the right. Click on the Neighborhood name listed on the right to view neighborhood association information.
History of Neighborhood Associations
In 1974, the City of Portland created the Office of Neighborhood Associations. In part, the City prioritized creating this bureau to support Portland’s unique commissioner form of government.
Portland’s government structure is unique because commissioners represent the entire city, unlike other cities that elect politicians to advocate for the needs of their district. By creating the Office of Neighborhood Associations, the City established a framework for residents to engage in City decision-making, to identify needs of each neighborhood, and allow neighbors' interests to be represented in land use and development decisions.
Nearly 50 years later, the bureau remains committed to support the work of neighborhood associations and has expanded support to include more community groups. The bureau name was changed to the Office of Community & Civic Life to better reflect that there are many ways residents organize.
Sign Up to Receive Updates
Sign-up for the Civic Life bi-monthly newsletter for funding opportunities, updates on resources and services offered by the City of Portland, opportunities for civic engagement, volunteerism and public input opportunities for City-led projects.
Neighborhood Association Contact Lists
If you are a city employee and need a comprehensive list of neighborhood association contacts, please visit this page.
For members of the public, each neighborhood page lists neighborhood association contact information. If you need a list that includes contacts for several different neighborhood associations, please email your request to: CivicNotification@portlandoregon.gov.
Neighborhood District Offices
The city is divided into seven Neighborhood Districts. Four are served by nonprofit District Coalition Offices. Three are served by city-run District Offices that are staffed by the Office of Community & Civic Life. Learn more about nonprofit DCO governance, their agreements with the city and annual reports:
- Articles of Incorporation
- Executed Agreements for FY 21-22
- Annual Narrative Reports FY 20-21
- Semi-Annual Narrative Reports FY 20-21
Neighborhood and District Boundaries
View neighborhood and district boundaries:
Central Northeast Neighborhood District
Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)
4415 NE 87th Ave, Portland, OR 97220
East Neighborhood District
East Portland Community Office (EPCO)
1017 NE 117th Ave, Portland, OR 97220
West Northwest Neighborhood District
Neighbors West Northwest (NWNW)
434 NW 6th Ave, Suite 202, Portland, OR 97209
Northeast Neighborhood District
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)
4815 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
North Neighborhood District
North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS)
2209 N Schofield St, Portland, OR 97217
503-823-8877 or 503-823-8836
Southeast Neighborhood District
3534 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214
Southwest Neighborhood District
Civic Life Neighborhood Office
1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114Portland, OR 97204
Notice List for Recognized Organizations: A list of all the possible public notices that a recognized organization could receive with an explanation of the notice, how it is delivered, who sends the notice and who receives it, and whether there is any action that the recognized organization could consider making in response to the notice.