Graffiti can be a chronic issue in some neighborhoods, but citizens can make a difference! There are many programs to support your efforts through the neighborhood system and the City of Portland. Looking to get started?
Graffiti Abatement Grants
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Neighbors West-Northwest (NWNW) offered the Graffiti Abatement Community Grant Program for two years. The goal was to support community-driven improvement projects and community building opportunities emphasizing graffiti abatement and attempts to repair the harm of graffiti on the community. Many projects came out of this program, including “Graffiti Free 97209″ where community members and businesses continue to volunteer to remove graffiti from blocks they’ve adopted. NWNW also has graffiti removal supplies to loan out if you are interested in hosting your own event. Contact us for more information.
Coordinate with Your Neighbors
- Collaborate to create, repair or protect local mural projects.
- Improve the local community design – crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). Contact your crime prevention specialist for more assistance.
- Organize a graffiti clean up.
- Develop a “graffiti-free” zone or adopt-a-block program.
- Attend a graffiti taskforce meeting.
- Volunteer to remove graffiti
Need some support on how to get started? Contact Jen for more information.
Graffiti Abatement & Removal
Reporting and removing graffiti promptly is a key piece to deterring recurrence. For more information about Graffiti Abatement, including finding materials, learning how to remove graffiti and maps of chronically tagged areas, please visit the City of Portland’s website. The City of Portland also has an app to help you report graffiti using your smart phone. (This app also allows you to report abandoned autos, illegally parked cars, park maintenance issues, plugged storm drains, potholes, sidewalk cafe violations, and street lighting issues.)