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Neighborhood Associations

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).

Read Code 3.96

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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. 

Find Your Neighborhood Association

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.

Sign Up for Civic Life Updates

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:

Neighborhood and District Boundaries

View neighborhood and district boundaries:

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Contact Information 


Central Northeast Neighborhood District

Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)

4415 NE 87th, Portland, Oregon 97220

971-438-8735

Central Northeast District Boundaries and Neighborhoods

CNN DCO Website


East Neighborhood District

East Portland Community Office (EPCO)

10540 NE Halsey St. Portland, OR 97220

503-823-5903

East District Boundaries and Neighborhoods

Civic Life East District Website


West Northwest Neighborhood District

Neighbors West Northwest (NWNW)

434 NW 6th Ave, Suite 202, Portland, OR 97209

503-823-4288

 West Northwest District Boundaries and Neighborhoods

NWNW DCO Website


Northeast Neighborhood District

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)

4815 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

503-388-5004

Northeast District Boundaries and Neighborhoods

NECN DCO Website


North Neighborhood District

North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS)

2209 N Schofield St, Portland, OR 97217

503-823-8877 or 503-823-8836

North District Boundaries and Neighborhoods

Civic Life North District Website


Southeast Neighborhood District

SE Uplift

3534 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214

503-232-0010

Southeast District Boundaries and Neighborhoods

SE Uplift DCO Website


Southwest Neighborhood District

Civic Life Neighborhood Office

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114Portland, OR 97204

503-865-6787

Southwest District Boundaries and Neighborhoods 

Civic Life Southwest District Website


Resources

Bylaw Template Legal Size

Bylaw Template Recommended Language

Bylaw Template Simple

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.

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