Neighbors West-Northwest (NWNW) grew out of the 1960s organizing efforts of the Northwest District Association, a strong voice for livability issues in Portland. At that time our work involved supporting Northwest Portland neighborhood volunteers as they advocated to halt construction of a proposed I-405 extension. We also worked to secure a historic good neighbor agreement with Legacy Good Samaritan while they were in the early stages of expansion.
Today we provide support to neighbors in twelve vibrant Neighborhood Associations in northwest and inner southwest Portland. Together, these diverse associations contribute to the efforts of our city’s active citizen volunteers who provide input and direct involvement with issues that effect livability in our communities.
NWNW supports neighborhood volunteers as they govern their own affairs, advocate for community interests, and promote public involvement in the development of public policy. We assist with research, land use expertise, fiscal management, an array of communications efforts, membership recruitment, leadership trainings – and more. Neighborhoods are a volunteer driven training ground for aspiring citizen activists. Coalition staff provide resources to help develop these future leaders. NWNW may also act as a liaison between citizens and public agencies.