Eight years ago, a cohort of agencies from all sectors came together around a single mission: to build truly resilient neighborhoods that could withstand stress of any kind at the individual, organizational and community levels.

Inspired by stories from New Orleans, New York City and Christchurch, New Zealand, this cohort—soon branded the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN)—set out to create a system to support communities as they craft and implement resilience strategies. The NEN hopes this bottom-up approach will restore communities’ rightful ownership of this important mission, reversing the long-standing trend of top-down control of disaster management.

The NEN Method

The NEN leverages strategic partnerships to develop programs, tools and technical resources that neighborhood stakeholders can utilize as they build thriving communities that are well-positioned to navigate times of stress.

Member Organizations & Partners

Organizationally sponsored by the San Francisco General Services Agency and the Department of Emergency Management, the NEN is a collaborative comprised of community organizations, city agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.

NEN Executive Steering Committee

Currently being updated

NEN Community Steering Committee

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Contact the NEN

For more information about the Neighborhood Empowerment Network, please contact Daniel Homsey, Director of Neighborhood Empowerment Network.


Email: daniel.homsey@sfgov.org

Phone: (415) 554-7114

Main Office: 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 401 San Francisco, CA 94102