East Portland Neighborhood Office
The East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO) is one of seven neighborhood offices of the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement that provides community building and civic engagement support. Our service area covers the part of Portland east of 82nd Avenue/I-205 and includes about 25% of Portland’s population. EPNO is a community-driven program, supporting community members with their civic engagement activities. We are led by a committed team of community volunteers who make up our Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee provides strategic guidance to help us improve our programming and advance our mission.
EPNO acts as a hub for East Portland independent organizations in their work.
We provide support by:
- Connecting ‐ We connect community members to resources and organizations.
- Project assistance ‐ We assist with outreach, project planning, grant writing, and more.
- Skill‐building opportunities – Trainings, workshops, one‐on‐one support.
- Information and Referral ‐ Who do you call about a pothole? Where can small businesses get assistance? Contact us and we’ll help you get answers.
- Foster collaboration ‐ We foster cross‐organizational collaboration on projects and advocacy on public policy. Together we’re stronger and get more done!
The Goals and Values that guide our work:
East Portland’s greatest asset is the diversity of communities that live, work, play, and come together in East Portland. EPNO’s mission is to support the community building and advocacy activities of these diverse communities.
We recognize that:
- Community building and advocacy look different in different communities.
- People will work with us in ways that are meaningful to them and when our programming is relevant to them.
- We should not privilege one model of community building, advocacy, or organizing. Instead we invite people to work with us in ways that are meaningful to them; let them define their own issues, set their own activities, and use organizing models and structures that work for their communities.
Our program is actively evolving and showing what collaborative, inclusive, and equitable support of community-driven efforts can look like. Here are the goals, values, and considerations that drive our work.
Program Priorities for 2016-17:
The EPNO Advisory Committee has identified the following priorities for our program. Work has already started on these priorities. Because of their complexity and importance, we expect these to be multi-year priorities. Read our full Annual Plan, Goals and Values document here.
- Support community engagement around houselessness - read the core principles that guide our housing work
- Support program infrastructure development
- Expand inclusivity: Continue to increase EPNO’s effectiveness in engaging with communities underrepresented in and underserved by EPNO and the City
- Continue to support community activities through existing direct funding streams.