First Opportunity area
ZIP codes: 97024, 97030, 97203, 97211, 97212, 97213, 97216, 97217, 97218, 97220, 97227, 97230, 97233, 97236, 97266
Who can apply?
You can apply as a First Opportunity job candidate if you:
- have a household income of less than $47,000 for households of one or two people, or $65,000 for households of three or more people; and
- live in one of the ZIP codes in the First Opportunity area.
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Learn how to apply
If you need help with your application, call Metro Human Resources at 503-797-1570.
About the program
The First Opportunity program was created in 1989 to provide economically disadvantaged residents within an area near the Oregon Convention Center first opportunity to apply for employment at the OCC. Later, Metro expanded the program to include the Portland Expo Center and Portland'5 Centers for the Arts. In 2016, the boundary and income requirements were expanded to make the program available to more residents.