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Effective community advocacy relies on understanding the change you want. Steps in getting there include understanding your community, collaborating, organizing, building coalitions and pushing the boundaries on possibilities.

Neighborhood Bulletin

Skateboard Sign and Ramps at Patricia’s Green

We were prompted of a skateboard sign and ramps newly …

Neighborhood Bulletin, Small Business

Head West Market Seeks 2 More Event Dates

(previously aka: Urban Air) Dear Neighbors: An SFMTA ISCOTT hearing …

Neighborhood Bulletin

Fallen Trees in Hayes Valley

Today’s rain wreaked havoc on our trees.

Neighborhood Bulletin, Small Business

Head West Market Event Permit Initiative

(previously aka: Urban Air) Update March 9th:At today’s hearing, Head …

Neighborhood Bulletin

Lyft Bike Station on Octavia at Hayes

We’ve checked in with SFMTA regarding the Lyft Bike Station …

Public Safety

HVSafe Letter to Board of Supervisors Re: Reappointment of Cindy Elias

We’re sharing our recent correspondence to the BOS regarding the …

Neighborhood Bulletin, Public Safety

Who is the Hayes Valley Public Safety Committee?

We prompted you a while back of the confusing title …

Founders Column

End of Year Message

As we end 2022 we want to reflect on the …

Neighborhood Bulletin

Statement Regarding HVNA’s Involvement in Campaign Against Supervisor Dean Preston

Last month we informed you that Jen Laska, current president …

covering what’s happening in the neighborhood

We explore the issues around us and the challenges impacting civic engagement in San Francisco.

Why Neighborhood Advocates Play a Key Role

While City and Neighborhood politics seem to be in a clash of sorts these days making it even more challenging for neighbors to often obtain answers and insights on issues impacting their neighborhood, it’s good to revisit the critical role of Neighborhood Advocacy.

While community advocates cannot guarantee greater participation, experience has shown me that they can help increase resident involvement in community development processes. Community advocates can be the difference between a successful project with strong community input and buy-in or an unsuccessful one with limited community involvement and neighborhood indifference.

– Richard Wooten, Michigan State University

“Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.”

Dorothy Height