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Welcome to the NEN

 The Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) is an alliance of residents, neighborhood and merchant associations, nonprofits and faith–based organizations, foundations and academic institutions. Over these past 10 years it has leveraged the immense resources and expertise within its ranks to create a ground breaking suite of tools, resources and methodologies to advance resilience at the community level with a bottom up, grassroots approach.


2018 Regional Community Resilience Summit

On May 16th, community resilience champions from across the Bay Area will come together to learn about the very latest data regarding the impact of a massive earthquake on our neighborhoods and how we can empower them to survive and recover.  Powered by the Neighborhood Empowerment Network, The Earthquake Country Alliance, The USGS, Microsoft and more – this event will provide all that attend a roadmap for building a more resilient future for the communities they support.

Sold Out: Psychological First Aid Training

This free training will provide you with the practical skills needed to increase your personal resilience, improve coping, and manage stress. The training will increase your overall confidence and effectiveness in communicating with others as the community recovers during a disaster. Our trainer, Dr. Elizabeth McMahon, Ph.D., has 30+ years of experience as a practicing clinical psychologist. She specializes in effective therapy for mental and emotional resilience and is co-creator of SF’s groundbreaking NERT Curriculum.


Who We Are:

Resilience is about strengthening our community’s response and adaptation to big changes and deep challenges. Our mission is to build strong neighborhoods in San Francisco where everyone lives and works in a healthy, resilient community led by local networks that are rich in trust and reciprocity.

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Our Approach:

The NEN leverages strategic partnerships to develop programs, tools and technical resources that neighborhood stakeholders can utilize as they build thriving communities that are well-positioned to navigate times of stress. We have developed the methods and the means to transform our lifestyles, social connections, shared spaces and places, and local economies at the grassroots level.

News & Upcoming Events

Keep up to date on our latest initiatives, hear about outcomes of projects, stay up to date with newsletters of new resilience resources, and subscribe to our mailing list!

NEN Programs

Starting street celebrations, charrettes, skills exchanges and group trainings – our workshops, toolkits and micro-grants inspire and support neighbors in connecting and taking collaborative action.

Our Partner Communities

We host meetings of neighborhood champions; develop neighborhood resource tables with diverse representation; and gather organizations, businesses, local governments and others to build community resilience.

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NEN Training & Resources

Browse our publications, webinars, toolkits, and guides. Explore our curated catalogue of links to free training and resources from other groups and organizations doing important work in helping build resilience in San Francisco and around the world.

The Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a cohort of agencies with a single mission: Build truly resilient neighborhoods that can withstand stress of any kind at the individual, organizational and community levels.