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Welcome to Neighborfest!

Everyone wants to live in a safe, healthy and connected neighborhood, where residents care about each other and help one another during times of stress.  The Neighborfest Program provides folks with the guidelines, resources and expertise to host the world’s greatest block party via a process that is fun, thorough and rich in benefits and impacts for all who participate.

Check out last year’s numbers…

The NEN is grateful for its Program Partner Support:

                  

If you are interested in hosting a Neighborfest, please visit out Host Center.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Neighborfest Program’s role is developing stronger, more resilient neighborhoods – see below.

 

Program Overview

Launched in 2014, The Neighborfest Program fuses together classic community organizing activities with modern emergency management goals. By building on the block party model, one of the most popular and widespread community convenings in the Country, the emergency management community has a unique opportunity to advance the mission of protecting the health and well-being of residents during fast moving, and in some cases catastrophic, events by harnessing the capacity of their immediate neighbors.

Program Background

  • Read an article written by Prof. Daniel Aldrich, world renowned expert on community disaster resilience and NEN Director Daniel Homsey here…
  • Listen to KQED discuss Heat Waves and the Neighborfest Program here…
  • Neighborfest highlighted as a best practice By Prof. Daniel Aldrich in the Atlantic Magazine in advance of Hurricane Florence.  Read here…
  • To host a Neighborfest, please visit our Neighborfest Host Support Center…

Learn more about the NEN:

  • For more on the Neighborhood Empowerment Network and its approach for advancing community disaster resilience, visit here…
  • Watch NEN Director Daniel Homsey’s presentation on the NEN here …
  • Watch Prof. Daniel Aldrich’s presentation on the Power of Social Cohesion here…
  • For more information on Neighborhood Empowerment Network and / or Neighborfest please email Daniel.Homsey@sfgov.org

 

Like other municipalities across the country, San Francisco is confronting a future with a growing population of residents aging in place in their homes, many of whom are managing chronic conditions and have access and functional needs.  During times of stress (i.e. wild fires, power outages and earthquakes), this population is often caught by surprise and unable to get out of harm’s way without assistance or must shelter in place for extended periods of time often without access to essential utilities and normal first responder service levels.  For these residents, their only resource they will have to protect their health and well-being will be the members of their household and neighbors who will become their “support network”.  The Neighborfest Program, and its sibling program “Block Champion”, increase the capacity of this essential cohort of family/residents to activate and work quickly and in an informed way to provide the vulnerable resident with a “service bridge” that will protect their health and well-being until normal government service levels are restored.

Program Impacts & Benefits

The Neighborfest Program generates a myriad of impacts for the Host

  • Capacity:
    • Strengthen the host’s capacity to organize a team and craft a plan at the block level that mobilizes residents and local resources to entertain and feed their neighbors
    • Use asset mapping to identify essential resources that the community may need to access after a major earthquake
    • Organize their street with stations that support the needs of residents during the event
  • Connection:
    • Increases social cohesion amongst Neighborfest Host Committee members
    • Increases social cohesion amongst residents
    • Increases connectivity with local first responders
  • Resources:
    • Hosts receive the Neighborfest Host Playbook which guides their planning activities and provides them with resources
    • Hosts also get streamlined access to fixtures and supplies for the day of the event (e.g. barricades and disposable waste management bins)
    • Attendees are provided culturally competent preparedness materials
    • The Host receives a bin of disaster supplies they can use to support the needs of their neighbors during times of stress

To learn more about the power of the Neighborfest Program:

  • Read the Report for the 2018 Neighborfest Program here…

For more on the Neighborhood Empowerment Network and its approach for advancing community disaster resilience, visit here…

Watch NEN Director Daniel Homsey’s presentation on the NEN here …

Watch Prof. Daniel Aldrich’s presentation on the Power of Social Cohesion here…

For more information on Neighborhood Empowerment Network and / or Neighborfest please email Daniel.Homsey@sfgov.org

Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a cross sector cohort of city-wide resident leaders, community & faith based organizations, city agencies, private sector stakeholders, academic and philanthropic institutions that align their expertise, programs, technical and financial resources to advance the development of tools, resources and methods that empower communities to strengthen their capacity to advance their resilience goals.