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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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Announcing Adapt to Impact

Adapt to Impact Team - Tyesha McCool-Riley, Ashley Tjaden, Joanne Johnson, Lorraine Wilson

Four programs within our bureau have joined to form one team. We are excited to announce the launch of Adapt to Impact!

The Office of Community & Civic Life is charged with promoting a culture of civic engagement by connecting and supporting all Portlanders, working together and with government to build inclusive, safe, and livable neighborhoods and communities.

Moving towards equitable outcomes requires rethinking our structures and ways of working. The following programs, with a strong focus on systems and structures of engagement, have joined into one collaborative team:

  1. Public Involvement Best Practices Program

  2. Disability Program

  3. Advisory Bodies Program

  4. Mental Health Program

These four specialties, now called Adapt to Impact, will seek to strategically transform institutional structures, policies, and practices in pursuit of authentic engagement of communities not well-represented, engaged, or served in City functioning.

This calls for our City to adapt the way we engage communities. We are now partnering with other bureaus to move towards what Portlanders have asked of us:

  1. Examining the assumptions underlying the way the City of Portland currently engages communities.

  2. Working across bureaus so that communities are not tapped again and again to respond to the same questions.

  3. Offering meaningful ways for every Portlander to be part of government decision-making.

Thank you for taking a moment to learn about our new team and its work across the City of Portland. We learn and grow from each other, and we look forward to working together across City government to support meaningful engagement for all Portlanders.

As we lead internal capacity development within City government, we offer broad, intersecting strategies, tools, and resources. 

Code Change Update

Civic Life staff present at Pearl District Neighborhood Association

As we continue to engage with Portlanders through this code change process, we are incorporating lessons from these conversations into our Frequently Asked Questions. Here is a recent addition, in response to questions about why Chapter 3.96 does not prescribe more steps in the process. Let us wade into a few weeds to answer this question!


What is City Code?

Different sections the City Code serve different functions. Chapter 3.96 is part of the Title 3 Administration. Code in this section describes the functions of council meetings, bureaus, offices, and more. Other sections of code describe other specific areas, such as legislation and elections, business licenses, public improvements, civil rights, plumbing regulations, planning and zoning, and more. 

It is important to distinguish the purpose of the code under Title 3 as contrasted to other parts of City Code.

The proposed code update 3.96 reflects the purpose of Title 3 Administration, defining the bureau’s organization and function. For examples of how other bureaus have defined their functions, see Chapter 3.16 for the City Budget Office; Chapter 3.36 for the Portland House Bureau; Chapter 3.33 for the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and so on.

Thank you to all who have been involved in this ongoing code change process! If you have not done so yet, we welcome your feedback via the Community Feedback Survey, below.

Community Feedback Form

 Thank you again for joining us on this journey. Visit for more information on the project.

Portland United Against Hate Proposals

The City of Portland is seeking proposals designed to protect communities from hate, proactively create a strong base of support for communities most affected by hate violence and provide the tools and resources necessary to defeat the bigotry and fear underlying the tensions in this era fueled by racial, xenophobic, ableist and homophobic hate activity that is disrupting our communities.

Projects should focus on providing support for AND one or more of the following areas of work: community capacity building, training, and/or culture shifting. A total of $225,000 is available and organizations may propose projects for up to $30,000.

Learn More & Apply

Census Update

The Population Research Center (PRC) is the PSU headquarters for population-related data and research for the State of Oregon.

The PRC's Annual Population Estimates Survey reports data on housing units, mobile homes, and the number of residents in what are called "group quarters" facilities—skilled nursing facilities, group homes, and college residence halls, to name a few types of group quarters.

Counting these group facilities populations is an important step as we prepare for the full Census 2020 count.This year’s survey will also ask about transitory locations (e.g., campgrounds, recreational vehicle (RV) parks, marinas, or racetracks).

We are still in need of volunteers who might be able to participate in the Group Quarters Survey implementation. Is that you?

For more information, including FAQs about the survey, visit:

Hiring: Grants Coordinator

The City of Portland, Oregon, Office of Community & Civic Life (Civic Life) is seeking a Grants Coordinator to work primarily out of the East Portland Community Office (EPCO).
EPCO is one of seven district coalition offices in the City. The district area encompasses 28% of the City's landmass, expands across five school districts, houses 25% of the City's population of which one in four identifies as an immigrant and 40% as a person of color. The East Portland Community Office serves East Portlanders through a variety of programs and resources to support community-driven projects, activities, and events that focus on community building and civic engagement.

Learn More & Apply

Partner Event: Street Roots Street Party

Help Street Roots celebrate in style at their 20th Anniversary Street Party!

Saturday, August 17th, 2019
3:00pm - 7:00pm
NW Davis Street
(Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

This event is family-friendly and free and open to the public.

>>Learn more here

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Visit our online calendar featuring community, neighborhood, and events of interest to the activist community.

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