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RESILIENT BERNAL HEIGHTS

Welcome to Resilient Bernal Heights!

Executive Summary

In 2018, with the support of Supervisor Ronen and Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC), a steering committee was assembled to launch the NEN’s Empowered Communities Program (ECP) in Bernal Heights. The ECP supports local leaders to build safer, healthier and more connected communities by establishing a cross-sector cohort of organizations and networks that are working every day to advance their individual and collective resilience as well as the resilience of the residents they serve. During times of stress, this network activates and offers a platform for local, city and regional agencies to work together to ensure the health and well-being of community members, especially the vulnerable.

Vision: Bernal Heights is a hilltop village in San Francisco comprised of residents, businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations and civic associations that reflect the City’s socio-economic diversity.  With a population of homeowners, renters, families, seniors, merchants and their employees, Bernal Heights continues to thrive due to its constituents’ strong sense of empathy and stewardship. As it did after the earthquake of 1906, Bernal Heights will come together during times of stress and care for each other, especially the vulnerable, and recover as one in a stronger, more empowered state.

Mission: The Bernal Heights Steering Committee reflects the diverse organizations and civic networks of the neighborhood and is charged with creating and implementing a resilience strategy via an open and inclusive planning process.  The goal is to build a local cross-sector network committed to making meaningful and sustained investments at the individual, organizational and community levels to ensure that Bernal Heights preserves its unique character and treasured diversity.

UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

First Aid/CPR Training at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center

* Learn Basic Techniques * Obtain Useful
Resources * Hands-on Training * Raffle *
Food/drinks
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) Training
THURSDAY AUGUST 8, 2019
** 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM**
515 CORTLAND AVE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110
*BHNC DINING ROOM*
FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT LARONDA FORTENBERRY @ LFORTENBERRY@BHNC.ORG OR CALL 650-549-4612
Accomplishments

Thanks for attending the Resilient Bernal Heights Launch Workshop!

Thanks to all who joined Sup. Ronen’s Office and the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center for our Resilient Bernal Heights Launch Workshop!

In 2018, with the support of Supervisor Ronen and BHNC, a steering committee was assembled to craft a launch strategy for Resilient Bernal Heights.  In June, Resilient Bernal Heights hosted their first two community workshops, where attendees:

  • Received a briefing on the background of Resilient Bernal Heights
  • Received a briefing of the NEN Empowered Communities Program
  • Participated in an exercise to identify Bernal Heights risks and needs

Thanks again to all who attended!

Fire Safety Training at the Bernal Height Neighborhood Center

Join the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center for an evening of fire safety training! Come and learn new skills and techniques on how to stay safe during a fire.
Fire Safety Training
Thursday July 11, 2019
**5:00 pm – 6:30 pm**
515 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110
* BHNC DINING HALL*
For more information please contact: LaRonda Fortenberry @
lfortenberry@bhnc.org or 650-549-4612

Hub Boundary Map

About Us

Background

In 2018, a cohort of organizations in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood reached out to Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s office for support in creating a Resilient Action Plan (RAP) for their community. The Supervisor’s Office partnered with the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) to leverage its expertise in supporting communities as they draft and implement a culturally competent Resilience Action Plan (RAP). By implementing its Empowered Communities Program (ECP), the NEN will support Bernal Heights stakeholders in developing a preliminary community engagement plan. This plan will also outline the need to partner with surrounding communities in order to ensure that any plans that are generated accommodate all of the stakeholders in the Bernal Heights district.

Leadership

Resilient Bernal Heights HUB Steering Committee Members

  1. Amy Beinart, BOS
  2. Gina Dacus, BHNC
  3. Herb Felsenfeld, RBH
  4. LaRonda Fortenberry, BHNC
  5. Margo Henderson, RBH/NERT
  6. Kristen Hogan, SF DEM
  7. Ernest Jones, BHNC
  8. Gretchen Mokry, RBH
  9. David Munoz, CYC
  10. Maria Castro Noboa, BHNC
  11. Lynn Pearce, BBA
  12. Valerie Reichert, SFPL
  13. Ed Whitmore, RBH/NERT
Our Vision & Goals

Vision

Bernal Heights is a hilltop village in San Francisco comprised of residents, businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations and civic associations that reflect the City’s socio-economic diversity.

With a population of homeowners, renters, families, seniors, merchants and their employees, Bernal Heights continues to thrive due to its constituents’ strong sense of empathy and stewardship.

As it did after the earthquake of 1906, Bernal Heights will come together during times of stress and care for each other, especially the vulnerable, and recover as one in a stronger, more empowered state.

Goals

Individual

Every resident has the capacity to care for themselves and their neighbors during times of stress.

Organizational

The faith-based organizations, businesses, non-profits and community organizations of the West Portal community have the capacity to support both the needs of their existing constituencies and emerging audiences during times of stress.

Community

The Bernal Heights community has the capacity to respond collectively during times of stress in a manner that reflects the goals and priorities of its residents and stakeholder organizations.

Mission

The Bernal Heights Steering Committee reflects the diverse organizations and civic networks of the neighborhood and is charged with creating and implementing a resilience strategy via an open and inclusive planning process.

The goal is to build a local cross-sector network committed to making meaningful and sustained investments at the individual, organizational and community levels to ensure that Bernal Heights preserves its unique character and treasured diversity.

 

 

Our Community
Our Risks

Bernal Heights Particulate Matter Concentration

Bernal Heights Seismic Risk Zones for Landslide & Liquefaction

Bernal Heights Extreme Heat Concentration

Bernal Heights Urban Heat Island Concentration

Our Plan

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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.