Building A Community of Neighbors

CNN/Neighborhood System


Most of the following is excerpted from the City of Portland’s Neighborhood Program page.


Portland’s nationally recognized neighborhood system is made up of 95 recognized, independent neighborhood associations and seven neighborhood district coalition offices that represent the entire city of Portland.

(This link will take you to a map which shows the boundaries of Central Northeast Neighbors, the Coalition Madison South belongs to, as well as the boundaries of the other neighborhoods in the Coalition.)

ONI works to create community-building partnerships, provide technical assistance to other City bureau’s outreach and involvement efforts, and trains community members in leadership and community organizing skills.

ONI provides grant funding that helps the district coalitions provide support and technical assistance to the volunteer-based neighborhood associations, community groups and individual citizen-activists.

ONI supports Portland’s Neighborhood System primarily through:

  • Grants to the seven district coalitions to provide support and tech assistance to the neighborhood associations in their districts
  • Neighborhood Small Grants ProgramTraining eventsTechnical assistance and problem solving
  • Best practices materials
  • ONI StandardsLiaison and coordination with City bureaus on issues that affect NAs and Coalitions
  • Support for the monthly neighborhood coalition directors and chairs meeting

For more information about ONI’s Neighborhood program contact: Paul Leistner, 503-823-5284 or Brian Hoop, 503-823-3075