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.
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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.
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.
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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.
The Neighborfest Program generates a myriad of impacts for the Host
To learn more about the power of the Neighborfest Program:
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