2018 Livability Awards
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Join Livable City and friends for our annual fundraiser and awards ceremony to honor San Francisco’s most dedicated livability advocates who work at the intersection of land-use, environment, public health, and social equity in the Bay Area on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM.
Barbara Garcia, Director of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health
Under Barbara Garcia’’s leadership, San Francisco Department of Public Health has championed rigorous, evidence-based, and innovative approaches to drug addiction, street safety, and healthy eating and active living. DPH has been a key partner in two initiatives Livable City is deeply involved with – Vision Zero, San Francisco’s initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries by 2020, and San Francisco’s Shape Up Coalition, a multidisciplinary collaborative committed to reducing chronic disease health disparities across San Francisco communities. Most recently, Barbara has championed safe injection sites to improve health outcomes and access to services for people with drug addiction.
The San Francisco Foundation
As one of the nation’s largest community foundations, The San Francisco Foundation has been a touchstone for countless community organizations in the Bay Area. With Fred Blackwell at the helm, the foundation has taken their People, Place, and Power strategy to the next level, putting racial and economic equity at the heart of their grantmaking. Livable City recognizes TSFF’s important investment in Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)’s Small Sites Program, which has allowed the organization to acquire multi-family rental properties in the Mission to preserve and/or revert them to permanent affordable housing for low and middle income families.
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development. MEDA’s services range from free tax preparation, business development, and job training to housing counseling and home-buying assistance. Livable City recognizes MEDA’s innovative Small Sites Program that will help stabilize 120 units of affordable housing and put MEDA on track to realize their vision of creating 1,020 housing units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space by 2020 to help protect Mission District families, small businesses, and community services from displacement.
Chema Hernandez Gil is the political director of San Francisco Rising, an electoral alliance building political power of working-class communities of color, and board director and co-founder of Seed the Commons, a grassroots organization working to create sustainable and just food systems independent of animal exploitation.Chema also serves as Board Director at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and The East Cut Community Benefit District, as well as an Executive Committee Member of the Sierra Club. His comprehensive organizing spans many interconnected areas, including social justice, human rights, the environment, sustainable transportation, and animal welfare.
Homeless Youth Alliance develops relationships with youth and young adults aged 13-29 who live on the street in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, striving to empower young homeless people to protect themselves, educate each other, reduce harm within the community, and when they are ready, transition off the streets. HYA provides one-on-one counseling, mental and medical health services, and syringe access and disposal. After losing their drop-in center in 2013, HYA began providing services via their street outreach team, where they make over make over 12,000 contacts per year through their model of accessible, non-judgmental outreach and harm reduction.
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Livable City honored:
- Cheryl Brinkman, livability advocate
- David Winslow, Loring Sagan, and Meredith Thomas, livability innovators for Linden Living Alley
- Ross Mirkarimi, livability legislator