In 2013, District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang launched an unprecedented initiative called the Sunset Blueprint project. She convened workshops on issues facing the community including land use, public transportation and economic development.
In 2014, Supervisor Tang’s Office partnered with the City’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) to implement its Empowered Communities Program (ECP). The ECP is a community based planning process that convenes stakeholders and supports them as they participate in a series of workshops that ultimately generates a Resilience Action Plan that will encapsulate the objectives outlined in the Sunset Blueprint. A program management team comprising of SF NERT, The City Administrator’s Office, The Dept. of Health, The Department of Emergency Management and staff from Supervisor Tang’s Office created an initial community engagement plan that help guide the ECP’s deployment over the course of the next seven months. The initiative has been branded Resilient Sunset and on May 23rd, 2015 the first community steering committee was convened. Over the course of the following few months the committee participated in a series of exercises that helped generate a district-wide engagement plan that will advance the goals of the Sunset Blueprint.
On November 3rd, 2016 the Resilient Sunset steering committee convened local and citywide organizations to participate in a half day workshop on resilience at the St. Ignatius College Preparatory. The day focused on the activation of a HUB, which is a network of organizations that reside in close proximity and can work collectively during times of stress. Participants were briefed on the mission of the Resilient Sunset initiative, the benefits of the creation of a HUB for the community and the organizations involved, and how to participate in the activation of the HUB’s nucleus – the Neighborhood Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) – during times of stress. 16 individuals attended the workshop, which generated a great deal of connectivity and optimism for the future of the Sunset in the face of inevitable change.
The Sunset District is a residential community comprised of families, strong small businesses and sweeping ocean views. Situated at the western edge of San Francisco, and surrounded by Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and the San Francisco Zoo, the Sunset District is an oasis in the City. Supervisor Katy Tang, working with neighborhood leaders, residents and subject matter experts, is initiating a community process to build a blueprint for the Sunset District with goals, objectives and strategies for the next decade and beyond. This blueprint is an important step in defining the community’s collective vision in five key areas: children & families, public safety, economic development, transportation and pedestrian safety, and land use. This process will guide the Supervisor’s Office by providing a strong platform to advocate for funding and grant opportunities, and in developing partnerships to move District 4 forward.
The Empowered Communities Program‘s Neighborhood HUB initiative supports neighborhoods as they create community-based networks of organizations that advance the overall preparedness of communities across San Francisco. The HUB initiative provides essential support to residents as they recover community stressors and disasters. A national conversation has begun which points to the importance of creating strategies for local organizations and residents to assume lifesaving responsibilities in the event of a disaster. These activities include search and rescue, mass feeding, and supporting people sheltering in place.
The Sunset Neighborhood is a safe, friendly community that cares about all of its residents and organizations, especially the most vulnerable, and has a prevalent culture that prioritizes connection, loyalty and preparedness.
The Resilient Sunset has the capacity to respond collectively to times of stress in a manner that reflects the goals and priorities of its residents and stakeholder organizations.
The faith based organizations, businesses, non-profits and community organizations of the Sunset neighborhood have the capacity to support both the needs of their existing constituencies, and emerging audiences, during times of stress.
Every resident has the capacity to care for themselves, and their neighbors, during times of stress .
HUB Members are a vital part of each community’s HUB development. Each member is a member of the community or a partner institution that has shown an interest in and dedication to advancing the resilience of the OMI community.