Opportunity for Community Engagement Projects (NAs/BAs)

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SWNI and the Office of Community & Civic Life have created the Community Engagement Allocation Program (CEAP), which will allow the seventeen Neighborhood Associations (NAs) and three Business Associations (BAs) in southwest Portland to plan and conduct community engagement projects in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We are setting aside up to $1,000 for each of our NAs/BAs to build collaborations with non-profit or community-based organizations. We encourage projects that engage with seniors, under-represented populations, communities of color, or organizations that advocate for these communities. We feel that creative, neighborhood-based responses to COVID-19 impacts will benefit our entire SW Portland community now and long after the crisis has passed. 

We encourage all SWNI’s Neighborhood/Business Associations to apply for the Community Engagement Allocation Program. Contact SWNI staff members: John Tappero (john@swni.org), 503-410-3135 or Sara Freedman (sara@swni.org), 503-877-4574 with any questions.

Completed applications will be due at 5:00 pm, Monday, June 22, 2020.

For more information and the forms required to apply for these funds, please click on the following:

CEAP Information Sheet (NAs/BAs)
CEAP Application for Neighborhood Associations
CEAP Agreement for Neighborhood Associations
CEAP Application for Business Associations
CEAP Agreement for Business Associations


Oregon Parks and Natural Areas reopening

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As summer season goes into full effect, Oregonians that are itching to get out into our Parks, Natural areas, and Campground have recieved good news in recent announcements of their gradual reopening.
A total of 33 campgrounds will reopen to the public, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced Friday. Most will reopen by reservation June 9, while seven opened Friday on a first-come, first-served basis.
For a full list of parks that have reopened and new guidelines check out the State Parks and Recreation reopening web site.

City Candidates Forum - POSTPONED

The SWNI City Candidates Forum was postponed but the League of Women Voters put together short video interviews with 66 of the candidates running in the May 19, 2020 Primary Election. Click the links below to learn about the candidates and their views:

One minute video Voters' Guide Promo

Video Voters' Guide -2020 Primary Election
Candidates Forum flyer - Postponed

As the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, the Candidates Forum committee has decided to postpone the City Candidates Forum. We felt it would be impossible to ensure the safety of the audience, the candidates, and our own Forum team. A video-only event was considered but rejected for the same reasons. We encourage everyone to take some time before the May 19th primary election to learn about the many (55!) dedicated candidates that are running to represent you in Portland’s city government. Also, don’t forget that the last day to register to vote or to change your party designation is April 28th. Please stay well.

Sponsored by Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. and Neighbors West Northwest.

Proposed Revision of Civic Engagement City Code 3.96 

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. This Chapter sets out the basis for City recognition of Neighborhood Associations and District Coalition offices. An audit of the bureau highlighted the need to update Bureau practices and City Code to ensure Portlanders have equal access to City decision-making.

Read more.