The Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a coalition of residents and community & faith based organizations, non-profits, academic institutions, private and government agencies working individually and collectively to help our communities achieve their goals. The following are a few of the key organizations that help drive the programs and resources of the NEN.
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. Established by charter in 1932, the SFAC integrates the arts into all aspects of City life. Programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Galleries, Street Artist Licensing, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth and Community Concert Series.
MONS is dedicated to helping the citizens of the City & County of San Francisco receive the highest levels of service possible from all areas of City government. Our district and community liaisons work to ensure that the Mayor’s Office is involved with helping to improve the quality of life for all San Francisco residents.
SF Environment creates visionary policies and innovative programs that promote social equity, protect human health, and lead the way toward a sustainable future. SF Environment puts their mission into action by mobilizing communities and providing the resources needed to safeguard our homes, our city, and ultimately our planet.
The mission of the San Francisco Department of Technology is to be an enterprise information and technology services organization. SFDT provides proactive leadership in the use of technology and information solutions to improve the City’s operations and service delivery.
The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Housing is to provide financing for the development, rehabilitation and purchase of affordable housing in San Francisco. MOH also guides and coordinate the City’s housing policy. MOH administers a variety of programs to finance the development of affordable housing by non-profit and for profit developers, provides financial and educational assistance to first-time home buyers, and finances housing rehabilitation costs for low-income homeowners. MOH is also responsible for monitor and ensuring the long-term affordability and physical viability of the City’s stock of affordable housing.
The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (DEM) manages disaster preparation, mitigation, and response; 9-1-1 dispatch; and homeland security grant distribution for the City and County of San Francisco. DEM was created in 2006 by local legislation that reorganized the Emergency Communications Department and the Office of Emergency Services into a single agency. DEM is composed of two divisions: Emergency Communications and Emergency Services.
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is dedicated to enhancing San Francisco’s economic vitality. OEWD oversees activities and programs related to business attraction and retention, workforce development, international business, development planning, and neighborhood commercial revitalization. OEWD’s programs are responsible for strengthening San Francisco’s many diverse neighborhoods and commercial corridors, creating a business climate where companies can grow and prosper, and ensuring a continually high quality of life for all San Franciscans.
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San Francisco SAFE, Inc. (Safety Awareness for Everyone) is a community crime prevention and public safety program that works in cooperation with the San Francisco Police Department and other city agencies to help San Franciscans protect themselves from becoming victims. San Francisco SAFE educates and empowers San Franciscans to build safer neighborhoods through crime prevention education and public safety services that result in stronger, more vibrant and resilient communities.
Born in the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the San Francisco Interfaith Council has for 20 years brought people of different faith traditions together, bringing spiritual comfort at times of crisis, building understanding among various religious traditions, celebrating our diversity, and coordinating services to the citizens of San Francisco.
The Department of Public Works is a world-class public works organization that contributes to making San Francisco a beautiful, livable, vibrant, safe and sustainable city. DPW enhances the quality of life in San Francisco by providing outstanding public service. DPW designs, builds, operates, maintains, cleans, greens, and improves the city’s infrastructure, public rights-of-way, and facilities with skill, pride, and responsiveness, in partnership with the San Francisco community.
Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) advocates for a superior, equitable and sustainable park and recreation system. NPC provides leadership and support to park users through community-driven stewardship, education, planning and research. Since 1996, NPC has established itself as San Francisco’s premier park advocacy authority, representing more than 100 park groups, over 50 strategic partner organizations, and 4,000+ park volunteers.
The Wigg Party is a community organization based in the neighborhoods around the bike route The Wiggle in San Francisco. Our mission is to make the community that uses The Wiggle a leader in the transformation to sustainability and resilience.
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) provides opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development at San Francisco State University for students and faculty. Through innovative courses, experiential learning, political engagement, participatory action research, and direct services, ICCE partners the resources and expertise of the urban university with the knowledge and assets of diverse communities. Working locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally, ICCE cultivates strong leaders who will effectively advocate for social, economic and educational inclusion, and fully participate in the civic life and political processes of their communities.
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, we strengthen our community and make it more resilient to disasters large and small.
A pioneer in the field of volunteerism, The Volunteer Center connects individuals, nonprofits and businesses with opportunities and resources needed to support local communities. Founded in 1946 by the Junior League of San Francisco, then called The Volunteer Bureau of San Francisco, it was the City’s central agency for volunteer placement. Today, The Volunteer Center works closely with agencies to provide thousands of opportunities for volunteers of all ages. TVC offers a wide range of resources, consulting and training services, and provides a strong network for organizations in the area.
Friends of the Urban Forest’s mission is to promote a larger, healthier urban forest as part of San Francisco’s green infrastructure through community planting, tree care, education, and advocacy. In all of its programs, Friends of the Urban Forest seeks to improve our City’s environment, build community and connect San Franciscans with the natural world and each other.
Empowerment Institute is the world’s premiere consulting and training organization specializing in the methodology of empowerment. Its state-of-the-art empowerment tools have been applied over the past thirty years to achieve measurable behavior change at the community and organizational level. Its clients consist of public sector agencies, corporations and nonprofits.
NERT is a free training program for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in San Francisco. Through this program, individuals will learn the basics of personal preparedness and prevention. The training also includes hands-on disaster skills that will help individuals respond to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team. San Francisco is made up of many neighborhoods. We are training to be one ready community when it counts. The Emergency Response is key, but the Neighborhood Team comes first.