HAND (Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood District Association) is a non-profit group of elected volunteers for our inner-southeast Portland neighborhood. HAND is formally recognized by the City of Portland and serves as a conduit for official notices and other information.

HAND plays many roles, the most important of which is helping neighbors connect with one another so they can work jointly to make our neighborhood an even better place to live, work, and play.  We also invite interesting guests and speakers to make presentations on neighborhood or city-wide issues.

Map of HAND

Map of HAND

Neighborhoods bordering HAND include: Buckman & Sunnyside to the North, Brooklyn & Creston-Kenilworth to the South, Richmond to the East and Downtown Portland to the West.

A bit about our meetings…
At monthly board meetings everyone is welcome to participate in the conversation, but only Board Members are permitted to vote.  If you have an issue you’d like to discuss, it is best to contact the chair ahead of time, but we also try to reserve some time at the beginning of each meeting for pressing issues from neighbors.  At General Meetings all members discuss and vote on issues. We want to hear from you, so if you have an idea or concern, please speak up!

Membership is open to all qualifying residents, property owners, business owners (or their designate), governmental agencies and non-profit organizations living or located within the boundaries of HAND. A SPECIAL membership, with all privileges and responsibilities is can be granted to a HAND resident high school student, not necessarily of State of Oregon legal voting age.

General and Board meetings  held at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00PM (excluding August and December).

Say connected…
To get a copy of meeting agendas and minutes, subscribe to our listserv. Send an email to HAND-ANNOUNCE-SUBSCRIBE@lists.riseup.net

More about HAND…
For a copy of the HAND Association Bylaws please visit:

If you have ideas, please bring them to a meeting!