Neighborhood Association Program
Eugene has twenty-three (23) formally recognized neighborhood associations. Active neighborhood associations provide everyone an opportunity to have a voice in decisions that affect the livability of their neighborhood and community. Neighborhood associations are a great way to meet neighbors and work together with other organizations and the City to address shared challenges. Being involved in their neighborhood association connects people who share a vision of a safe, healthy, and welcoming community. Neighborhood associations engage in a wide variety of activities from addressing issues such as community safety, neighborhood planning, transportation, parks, homelessness, food security, and disaster preparedness to organizing volunteer projects and social events in their neighborhoods.
NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION RECOGNITION POLICY (NORP) UPDATE
With the help from our advisory committee which has met over the last year and a half, we’ve drafted a new NORP designed with the goal of simplifying and updating the policy to reflect current State and local laws and consolidating several policy documents into one unified policy. The draft NORP is open for comments and feedback through January 19, 2024.
Neighborhood associations submit annual reports on their activities. A compilation of all neighborhood reports may be accessed online.
A list of the current neighborhood association leaders can be downloaded from this link.
The Office of Equity and Community Engagement (OECE) staff support the City of Eugene Neighborhood Association Program by:
- Assisting neighborhood association leaders in developing effective organizational, governance and engagement practices
- Assisting neighborhood associations in effective communication and engagement with City of Eugene departments
- Providing a variety of trainings and workshops to neighborhood association board members and residents
- Coordinating the Neighborhood Matching Grants process (available to neighborhood associations and other groups)
- Supporting neighborhood association events (park and facility reservations, funding, equipment loan, etc.)
Resources for neighborhood association boards
- Neighborhood Association Publications Policies & Guidelines
- Neighborhood Organization Recognition Policy (NORP) including references: Resolution 2554 (Aug 1976), Resolution 3746 (Jan 1983) Resolution 5140 (Oct 2015)
- Model Neighborhood Association Charter
- Guidelines for Use of Neighborhood Investment Funds
- Policy on Event Sponsorship
Resources for neighborhood events
- Events Toolkit
- Neighborhood Association Parks Reservation Form (Parks is updating form, Contact Cindy Koehler with request)
- Neighborhood Association Equipment Reservation Form
- Special Event Liability Insurance Guidelines for Neighborhoods
- Neighborhood Association Funding Request/ Reimbursement
Trainings for neighborhood association members
The OECE provides annual trainings and workshop opportunities for neighborhood association board members and community members. Ongoing trainings are listed below. OECE staff occasionally offer additional trainings to neighborhood association members as timing and capacity allow. Contact OECE to discuss your needs for specific trainings.