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Launched in 2015, NEN Neighborfest Program offers communities, and the agencies committed to their resilience, a fun and interactive platform to engage residents about programs and resources that strengthen a neighborhood’s overall all connection and capacity to come together spontaneously and protect the health and well-being of everyone, especially the vulnerable, during times of stress.  To date more than 80 Neighborfests have been hosted across San Francisco.


To learn more about the power of the Neighborfest Program:

  • Read the Report for the 2018 Neighborfest Program here…
  • Read an article written by Prof. Daniel Aldrich, world renowned expert on community disaster resilience and NEN Director Daniel Homsey here…
  • Download the 2018 Neighborfest Host Toolkit here…
  • Review our 2017 Neighborfest Report which measures the impact of the program on a block’s disaster resilience.
  • Review the sections below which provide deeper details about the program and its benefits to the community
  • To host a Neighborfest, please visit our Neighborfest Host Support Center…

Update on Neighborfest

Neighborfest highlighted as a best practice By Prof. Daniel Aldrich in the Atlantic Magazine in advance of Hurricane Florence.  Read here…

Watch the Neighborfest 2018 video below:

Program Overview

The Neighborfest Program increases the capacity of neighborhood resident leaders to increase the overall level of cohesion among their immediate neighbors as well as advance their ability to support each others’ health and well-being during a disaster.

Program Impacts

  • Strengthen the host’s capacity to organize a team at the block level that can mobilize and perform tasks such as mass feeding after a disaster
  • Increases the level of social cohesion amongst residents
  • Advances the overall resilience of the block with:
    • the implementation of an asset mapping exercise
    • the distribution of preparedness materials
    • the acquisition of a cache of disaster response supplies
  • Improves the level of connection between the first responder community and residents

Program Benefits

  • Residents/Hosts
    • Financial – Substantially reduces the cost for hosting the block party
    • Social – Increased connection among their surrounding neighbors
    • Capacity – Enhanced ability to organize teams of volunteers to design and implement a event
    • Disaster Readiness – Increased capacity to work together and support the vulnerable in their community
    • Equipment – The receive a cache of supplies they can us to help themselves before professional help arrives
  • Stakeholder Organizations
    • Identification of, and streamlined access to, local leaders who can convene local residents
    • Distribution of communication materials to residents in a culturally competent environment
    • Increased connectivity levels at the community level that can be repurposed downstream for other engagement/outreach activities
    • A reduction in cost and staff time to organize and engage residents
    • Important face time with hard to reach constituents (i.e. mono lingual / senior & access and functional needs)

2018 Neighborfest Partners and Supporters


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

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.