September is National Preparedness Month!

There are many ways to get ready, including creating family plans, storing emergency supplies, and learning about Portland's hazards. But it all starts with getting to know those around you. We've learned from disasters around the country and the world that your neighbors are your safety net. As many as 90% are rescued by people who live nearby after a large-scale disaster. The next time you're getting the mail or out on a walk, consider starting up a conversation with a neighbor and talking about how you can help each other. 

You can also find out more information about the St. Johns NET Team, to get involved in neighborhood specific initiatives for disaster preparedness here:

How Does North Portland Connect? Transportation Summit

Discuss transportation in North Portland at new group kickoff event:

The North Portland Transportation Partnership (NPTP) will host a kickoff event on September 19th featuring Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who will head the Portland Bureau of Transportation as of September 4th.

Oregon Department of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Transportation staff will be on hand to present information about transportation projects happening in North Portland. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

NPTP is taking a fresh look at the issues affecting North Portlanders who ride, bike, drive, roll and walk in and around our neighborhoods. The partnership seeks to take a collaborative approach to transportation issues and to create a shared venue for residents, businesses, government organizations and others to discuss and influence transportation projects that affect us all.

At the kickoff event, NPTP will connect community advocates, residents and transportation officials who share mobility concerns that affect North Portland.  Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and engage in informal interactive conversations about transportation issues.

Anyone interested in getting involved prior to the event should contact Mary Jaron Kelley with North Portland Neighborhood Services at or 503-823-4099.

  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m.

  • Where: Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave)

  • Parking: Bike and car parking are available behind Kaiser Town Hall

  • Transit option: Ride the Yellow MAX line to the Overlook Park Station

Please note that the event location has changed from its initial announcement. It no longer will be held at the University of Portland. The date and time remain the same.


Commissioner Amanda Fritz designates additional funds to complete eight Portland park and recreation projects

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz ends her five-plus year tenure as Commissioner-in-Charge of Parks by allocating additional funding towards eight much-anticipated Portland Parks & Recreation park and trail projects, some in conjunction with other government entities.

The Commissioner is adding funding at the following sites, with the intention of completing projects already in progress, to provide more equitable access to park spaces and meet all Portlanders’ needs:

  • Columbia Children’s Arboretum
  • Creston Park
  • Errol Heights Park
  • Footbridge over Burnside
  • Gateway Green
  • Marine Drive Path Project
  • O’Bryant Square
  • Parklane Park

“I have deeply appreciated being the Commissioner-in-Charge of Parks, and together we have had many great accomplishments over the last five years,” says Fritz. “Notably, we have allocated more than $70 million towards new parks and green spaces in East Portland, made crucial repairs and improvements at existing parks citywide – particularly with the $68 million voter-approved Fix Our Parks Bond, increased the Park Ranger team, and made significant strides towards equity and inclusion to better serve all Portlanders. It is an honor to invest in completion of these eight important park and trail projects, which will benefit Portlanders for generations.”

Fritz dedicated Parks System Development Charges (SDCs) toward these projects. SDCs are citywide construction impact fees which serve to increase needed infrastructure in Portland. SDCs are not General Fund tax dollars. Park SDCs are restricted by law and can only be used to expand capacity, rather than to maintain or repair existing park facilities. SDCs help promote that Portland's quality of life keeps pace with our growing and changing city by providing additional parks and recreation facilities needed to accommodate growth.

Community Livability Grant Program Fiscal Year 18-19

Prosper Portland is seeking proposals from community-based organizations for projects that foster vibrant and healthy neighborhoods and improve the prosperity of area residents and businesses. Projects must be located within:

Funds are available through the Community Livability Grant Program for permanent, real property improvements. Projects must add, expand, or improve physical space.

Priority will be given to projects that benefit communities of color or people with low incomes, and that promote widely shared prosperity. Such projects would, for example:

  • Support wealth creation opportunities for small business owners
  • Improve access to jobs and workforce development services
  • Honor and enhance the neighborhood’s cultural diversity and history
  • Deliver a community asset tailored to the community’s expressed priorities and opportunities


Application Open for Grant Proposals: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Application Assistance
Prosper Portland will offer one-on-one assistance in September and October for applicants who want help with applications. To request an appointment please fill out the Application Assistance form on our website.

Proposal Due Date:
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Announcement of Approved Proposals: 
January 2019


In fiscal year 2018-2019, the following funds will be available:

Central Eastside URA $100,000

Gateway Regional Center URA $200,000

Interstate Corridor URA $500,000

Lents Town Center URA $250,000

Old Town / Chinatown Neighborhood $300,000

Typical grants range from $10,000 to $50,000; the maximum grant is $300,000. Grants are awarded through a competitive process.

For more information visit our website or contact
Alison Wicks, Project Coordinator II, via email or 503-823-3949.

PARK (ING) Day 2018!

If you could turn an 8'x20' parking space into anything, what would it be? A photobooth? A micro-forest? An art installation? 

On September 21 you can show off your PARK(ing) Day creation to all of Portland!

PARK(ing) Day happens across the world in September and gives people the opportunity to re-envision how we use our public spaces. The City of Portland has been participating in this international event since 2006. PARK(ing) Day creates opportunities for Portlanders, artists, designers and activists to create more public spaces. The goal of the program is to inspire creative placemaking and to highlight different uses of the public right-of-way. PBOT wants to encourage you to rethink how streets can be used.

So, what will you do? The sky's the limit! Just follow our PBOT PARK(ing) Day Manual to guide you on designing a safe and compliant installation.

The PARK(ing) Day permit is FREE, and the application period is now OPEN.

Download the Park(ing) Day application and get started on your design then visit to apply for your FREE permit!

If you have questions about your application or your design, write or call us at / (503) 823-7788

Nominate outstanding leaders for the 2018 Spirit of Portland Award!

City of Portland Invites Nominations for 2018 Spirit of Portland Awards

Spirit of Portland Awards are a recognition of local heroes, and the impact of their work on creating a shared future in a city we all share. Each year Portland City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards to individuals and organizations who make outstanding contributions to our community. A city’s true ingredient is people, so nominate those who have helped Portland shine! Nominations will also be accepted in any language.

 The awards ceremony will be held in the month of November 2018.

“This annual awards ceremony formally recognizes and honors some of Portland’s most active and engaged community members for their outstanding contributions and hard work in the arts & culture, environmental, equity, and social justice issues. This year also we are recognizing those Standing Up for Love against Hate”.  -Chloe Eudaly, Commissioner

To nominate a leader, click here         

Notice of Changes to Inclusionary Housing

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) has revised the IH Program administrative rules for homeownership units based on a nationwide survey of IH Homeownership programs and best practices. These changes apply to IH Homeownership Units only (IH Units that are leased have separate program requirements and no changes to these administrative rules have been made). 

Throughout a 200-day public process, PHB held two public hearings and engaged development industry professionals from the for-profit and non-profit sectors to review and dialogue on the proposed changes. All comments received through public testimony were analyzed by PHB staff against policy and program goals and outcomes. The amended administrative rules can be found online at

PHB would like to thank everyone who participated in the public outreach process. If you have questions regarding the IH administrative rule changes or rulemaking process, please contact IH Rules Coordinator, Jessica Conner, at or by calling 503-823-4100.

Parks Replacement Bond Annual Report for 2017-18

In 2014, we asked for your help. We faced a precarious outlook for our award-winning parks system with a long list of much-needed repairs and limited maintenance funds. With a resounding show of support, 74% of you said “yes” to investing $68 million to fix our parks through the Parks Replacement Bond. 

In the first three years, we are proud to report that of the 52 Bond projects, 21 are completed, and the remaining 31 are underway. We will ensure the remainder of the Bond projects are completed with equal success, and we thank you for this investment which will greatly benefit future generations of Portlanders. 

To read the annual report, click here

Parks Replacement Bond funds are for urgent repairs and other capital costs, not park operations. The measure was approved by 74% of Portland voters in November 2014 and authorized up to $68 million in general obligation bonds to make repairs and improvements. The Bond is subject to an oversight committee, annual reports, and audits.

Find out more about the Bond and its projects at

Let's Talk about Noise!

Here is some helpful information from the Office of Community & Civic Life about noise in the city and who to call for what!

Did you know…

Noise Office is unable to help you with the following, but we’ve included phone numbers to call:

  • Roosters — contact Vector Control at 503-988-3464
  • Dogs barking — Multnomah County Animal Services at 503-988-7387
  • Frogs — contact Rent-A-Blue Heron at 503-823-5542 or at 503-823-3992
  • Planes, (even helicopters) trains and automobiles — This was a great film, but for questions about aircraft in-flight noise, call Port of Portland at 503-460-4100, questions about trains call Federal Railway Administration 1-800-724-5998, and for vehicle noise call non-emergency police dispatch at 503-823-3333
  • Loud voices — this is considered freedom of speech in Oregon
  • Garbage/recycling — 503-823-7202
  • Children at play — The City of Portland does not regulate children and the various recreational equipment they might use.

How loud is too loud?


In most neighbor-to-neighbor noise concerns, the very first place to begin is to reach out to your neighbor. Many times, issues can be resolved by working together. If this approach doesn't work, Civic Life has a Neighborhood Mediation Program where we partner with Resolutions NW.  This mediation service is available free of cost, and trained mediators are ready to assist you and your neighbor to find solutions together. 
The number to call is 503-595-4890.

Portland 2035 Transportation System Plan is here!

What is the TSP?

The Transportation System Plan is the 20-year plan to guide transportation policies and investments in Portland by:

  • supporting the City’s commitment to Vision Zero by saving lives and reducing injuries to all people using our transportation system
  • limiting traffic congestion so transit and freight vehicles can move more reliably
  • reducing, carbon emissions and promoting healthy lifestyles
  • keeping more money in the local economy, as we spend less on vehicles and fuel
  • creating great places

Why is it important?

Portland is projected to add 140,000 new jobs and 260,000 new residents over the next 20 years. As Portland and the region grow, there is a continuing challenge to maintain the natural environment, economic prosperity, and overall quality of life. If in 2035 the percentage of people who drive alone to work remains the same as it is now (nearly 60 percent), traffic, carbon emissions, and household spending on vehicles and fuel will all worsen significantly. In order to accommodate this growth, our transportation system must provide Portlanders safer and more convenient ways to walk, bike, and take transit for more trips.

Transportation planning that promotes active transportation modes is essential to preserving the City’s livability and for the protection of the natural environment. Constructing significant amounts of new automobile capacity to accommodate growth is not a viable option because of the enormous costs and impacts. Adding more streets and parking lots divides neighborhoods, uses valuable land, encourages urban sprawl, and has negative environmental impacts. Alternative approaches, supporting a safer, more affordable and more complete multimodal transportation network must be used to ensure integrated, comprehensive solutions. 

The Transportation System Plan helps implement the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan in addition to the region’s 2040 Growth Concept by supporting a transportation system that makes it more convenient for people to walk, bicycle, use transit, and drive less to meet their daily needs. The TSP also recognizes that the transportation system must help grow and sustain the City’s economic health by accommodating the needs of businesses and supporting Portland’s role in the international economy.

What is in the TSP?

The 2035 TSP includes:

  • Goals and policies that guide the maintenance, development and implementation of Portland’s transportation system
  • Objectives that further the implementation of the goals and policies
  • A list of projects and Citywide programs along with a financial planthat would accommodate 20 years of population and employment growth
  • Master street plans and modal plans
  • Strategies and regulations for implementation, including street classifications


Download by section or open the full TSP here

2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Public Hearing

The purpose of this hearing is to obtain public comment on the proposed 2019 LIHEAP State Plan for Oregon. Persons interested in commenting on the proposed plan are invited to attend the public hearing. A copy of the proposed Oregon State Plan will be available to view on the OHCS website after June 18, 2018.


Date: Thursday, July 18, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
North Mall Office Building
725 Summer Street NE, Room 124B
Salem, OR 97301

Accessibility Note: The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 72 hours before the meeting to Greg Current at or 503-986-2000 or by TTY at 503-986-2100.

Related Documents:

The proposed 2019 LIHEAP State Plan for Oregon (attachment)

Public Comment:

Persons interested in providing oral or written comments may submit them by email to or by regular mail addressed to David Kaufman, LIHEAP Coordinator, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite B, Salem, OR 97301-1266. Comments will be accepted through August 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

4 month e-scooter pilot program coming to Portland

(July 3, 2018) Permit applications for the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s 120-day Shared Electric Scooter Pilot Program opened today, inviting shared electric scooter companies to apply to participate in the program. The first such pilot in Oregon, shared electric scooters could begin operating in Portland by the end of July.

The Transportation Bureau will use the 120-day pilot to help the City determine whether Shared Electric Scooters, also known as e-scooters, can support Portland’s mobility, equity, safety, and climate action goals. The total number of e-scooters allowed to operate in the city will be capped at 2,500, with a requirement that companies deploy approximately 20 percent of their fleet each day in East Portland. Applications for participating in the pilot are due by July 11, with permit issuance scheduled for late July.

Throughout the Pilot Program, Shared Scooter companies will be expected to report on and mitigate impacts in several areas of concern. These include (but are not limited to): Safety and access for people walking, safety and access for people with disabilities and compliance with state law (including helmet requirements and the prohibition on sidewalk riding).

Through public engagement and program evaluation, City officials will determine whether and under what circumstances electric scooter sharing may be permitted to continue operating in the public right-of-way after the Pilot Program has ended. The bureau will use anonymized trip data analysis, user surveys, and intercept surveys to understand the potential benefits and burdens of e-scooter operations in Portland in relation to the City’s equity, mobility, and climate action goals.

Shared Electric Scooters are an emerging technology and shared mobility service. The first systems in the U.S. launched in 2017. Like bikeshare programs, the service provides scooters available to rent for one-way trips for a fee. To begin a rental, companies typically require customers to download an app or text a number to unlock the device. To end a trip, customers park the scooter in the service area in the furnishings zone. The scooters typically do not lock to anything.

Electric scooters are powered exclusively by an electric motor, and in Portland, companies will be required to cap the maximum speed to 15 MPH. Per State law, people using electric scooters are allowed on Portland city streets, multi-use paths and in bike lanes. Oregon Vehicle Code prohibits people using electric scooter on the sidewalk and in crosswalks. In addition, people using electric scooters are required to wear a bicycle helmet. Youth under age 16 are prohibited from riding electric scooters. While riding an electric scooter, users are required to yield to people walking and people with disabilities

Wildwood Trail Closure coming in July 2018

The Wildwood Trail will be closed between Cornell Road and the intersection with the Lower Macleay Trail from Monday, July 9 -  Friday, July 13, 2018. This will allow the contractor to remove the old bridge and abutments (pictured above). During this closure, the Stone House will be still be accessible via Wildwood Trail from the north or via the Lower Macleay Trail. Check out the detour map.

This work is being done in the summer because of the regulations around soil-disturbing activity within the Balch Creek watershed. It is the final step in completing the Bond-funded Forest Park bridge improvements. Thank you for your patience as we complete these necessary improvements to our trail system!

More information

New bridges have replaced old bridges at three locations on the Lower Macleay, Maple, and Wildwood Trails. Thank you Portland, for funding this work with your support of theParks Replacement Bond! This project is also part of the RENEW Forest Park Initiative, a 20-year initiative to improve Forest Park. 

We will continue to provide regular updates on trail detours and closures. Check the project webpage for updates.

Maija Spencer, Parks Bond Community Engagement
503-823-5593 |

New housing bond building will provide affordable housing for families transitioning from homelessness

The 51-unit project has capacity to house 167 people and is the latest funded under Portland’s Housing Bond

A new 51-unit apartment building with a focus on stabilizing homeless families is the latest project funded under Portland’s Housing Bond. Mayor Ted Wheeler unveiled the newly constructed building on 105th Ave and E. Burnside St this afternoon. It will begin leasing next month in collaboration with the Multnomah County Homeless Family System. The building is the third Bond project announced in the last 18 months, totaling approximately 514 units of permanently affordable housing to move forward under the Bond to date.

The building will offer 7 studios, 20 one-bedrooms and 24 two-bedroom apartments, as well as on-site supportive services. Sixteen of the larger units will be reserved for extremely-low income families at 30% of the Area Median Income and below (up to $21,990 a year for a family of three) — nine of which will be coupled with wrap-around services to provide Permanent Supportive Housing for families exiting homelessness. 

“Funding this kind of transitional housing for our most vulnerable neighbors is extremely important to me,” says Mayor Wheeler. “Acquiring a new building with these amenities and transit options is a rare opportunity – we have been able to act swiftly before it was sold on the private market thanks to this resource given to us by Portland voters.”

The 16 deeply affordable and Supportive Housing units will be leased in partnership with the Homeless Family Mobile Housing Team, a collaboration of nonprofits and culturally specific service agencies led by JOIN. JOIN and its partner agencies will also provide on-site wrap-around services for the families in Supportive Housing. “I’m very excited for the 167 people who will have a place to call home here this summer,” said Portland Housing Bureau Interim Director Shannon Callahan. “These families will be right on the Max line, with access to work, school, and surrounded by support. I can’t think of a better way for families and children making the transition from homelessness to find stability and the chance to make a new start.”

The acquisition will go before Portland City Council for approval on June 13, and leasing is expected to begin in July. Click here to download a project fact sheet. For more information, visit

Trimet moves to Hoptickets instead of paper fare

This is a quick update on the transition to the Hop Fastpass™ fare system. In June we will begin converting ticket machines at rail stations to new Hop ticket machines.These machines will exclusively sell 2½-hour and 1-day Hop tickets. Unlike the plastic Hop cards, paper Hop tickets cannot be reloaded with value. Like today, Hop tickets purchased from a ticket machine will come pre-validated for immediate use. The new Hop tickets have electronics inside - you will need to tap on the Hop reader each time you transfer.

Additionally, on August 1st Albertsons and Safeway will begin transitioning to Hop card sales only. They will still carry paper LIFT paper passes. It may take them several days, possibly through the end of August, to get rid of their stock of paper tickets. Kroger outlets, Fred Meyer and QFC, will continue to sell both Hop cards and paper tickets at their Customer Service centers until they transition to Hop cards only at a later date. If your organization purchases fares and you do not have an account to order Hop tickets, please contact us at as soon as possible. For more information visit

To read more about the new changes, click here

Permanent Renter Relocation Assistance Policy Update

As you may know, on Wednesday March 7 Portland City Council adopted a permanent mandatory relocation assistance policy into city code. In response, the Portland Housing Bureau developed interim rules and forms on March 8 to inform the public and process exemption requests. This is an update to the rules and forms issued on March 8.

The amended interim rules and exemption request forms are available online, along with general information on the relocation assistance requirements for both renters and landlords.

Housing Bureau staff can assist with Relocation Assistance questions Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-11 am, and 1-4 pm. A dedicated phone line and email has been established to provide information and technical assistance:

Phone: 503.823.1303


In the coming months, the Housing Bureau will begin the permanent rule making process, which will include engaging the Rental Services Commission for general feedback on the interim rules, working with the Mayor’s Office to develop and publish draft permanent rules, at least 60 days of public comment and two public hearings on the draft permanent rules, and gathering recommendations from the Rental Services Commission on the draft permanent rules.

Sign up here for the email list to ensure you are receiving updates and notifications on opportunities to engage as this process moves forward and we encourage you to share this information to anyone seeking more information or technical assistance.

2018 Block Party Permits are free!

Block parties are small-scale events that close one to four blocks of a local service residential street for small scale gatherings, such as neighborhood potlucks or BBQs and Street Painting projects. After a successful 2017 pilot project, 

  • All Block Party permit are now FREE of charge!  After the success of the Pilot Program in 2017, we are announcing that all Block Party permits are $0 citywide.  If you are planning to hold a block party on your street, please apply for your free permit!
  • The signature page is not required for standard Block Party permits, however, we ask that you notify those who would be affected by the street closure with a notification flyer.  Feel free to use our notification flyer template or create your own flyer to outreach and invite your neighbors to join and participate in your block party.
  • Permits are open to all Portland residents.  Applicants can be renters or homeowners.
  • The new Block Party application packet is posted! Please visit to download it. The packet includes everything you'll need for your Block Party: 1. Application; 2. Notification flyer; and 3. Block Party Street Closure Traffic Control Plan.  (It’s a new Block Party season, so please do not re-use past application materials for new permit requests.)
  • We can accept your application in one of four ways: web/online application, send e-mail attachments, fax, or in person*.

*If you are dropping off your application in person, please go to the “Sixth+Main” Building at 1001 SW 5th Ave at the 5th Floor reception desk.  (Formally known as the Congress Center building.)

First Annual Vision Zero report offers detailed look at street safety efforts in Portland

(Feb. 27, 2018) A new report describes how the Portland Bureau of Transportation and their partners are working to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries following Portland City Council's adoption of the Vision Zero Action Plan in December 2016.

The Vision Zero Annual Report notes that 2017 was both Portland’s most deadly year for traffic crashes since 2003 and a year of critically important legislative and funding gains in support of traffic safety.

“We knew achieving Vision Zero wasn’t going to be easy," says PBOT Director Leah Treat. "The steps we took in 2017 are setting us on a path for safe streets in Portland, and we remain committed to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025.”

Bandana Shrestha, Community Engagement Director of AARP and a Vision Zero Task Force member, says: “Portland’s streets remain challenging, especially for older adults, who are at a higher risk of dying in a crash. I’m encouraged by the work we’re doing and look forward to the day when our streets are safe for people of all ages, no matter how they choose to get around.”

Among the details in the 2017 Vision Zero Annual Report:

  • Funding: New funding sources, including the 2017 statewide transportation funding package as well as allocation of a portion of Portland’s voter-approved cannabis tax, will expand safety projects and programming on Portland streets
  • Street design: PBOT spent $15.4 million on safety projects on 21 High Crash Network streets and intersections in 2017
  • Distracted driving: House Bill 2597 closes loopholes in Oregon's distracted driving law and increases penalties
  • Speed enforcement: House Bill 2409 allows cities to issue speeding citations using properly equipped red light cameras
  • Speed limits: House Bill 2682 gives the City of Portland authority to reduce residential speed limits to 20 miles per hour
  • Impairment: Through a new Safe Ride Home program, PBOT and partners provided 3,389 coupons for discounts on safe travel options during high-DUII holidays or events in 2017

The Annual Report also summarizes the latest crash data and trends (see excerpts below). Data indicate a continued need to focus on street design, speed, impairment, and other dangerous behaviors such as distracted driving.

Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan includes 32 two- and five-year actions. Five actions are complete, 15 are on track to be completed by the end of 2018 and 12 require additional effort to launch.

Learn more about Vision Zero and Speed Safety Cameras by visiting