2018 Livability Awards
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 Preservation 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 Acquisition 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 Hernández Gil
Chema is the political coordinator 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
Homeless Youth Alliance (HYA) 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.
Livability Advocate We advocate for policy changes, programs, and projects which make San Francisco more sustainable, livable, and equitable. Over the past decade, Livable City has become one of the City’s most effective advocates. We champion complete streets, a citywide greenway network, parking reform, improved transit, more affordable housing (including legalizing accessory dwelling units), keeping arts and artists in San Francisco, and keeping neighborhood commercial districts vital, diverse, and walkable.
Open Streets Provider Livable City organizes the beloved Sunday Streets program in partnership with the City, which transforms miles of City streets into car-free community spaces for all to enjoy. With a focus on serving neighborhoods in most need of open space and recreational opportunity, Sunday Streets brings together hundreds of nonprofits, community stakeholders, small businesses and city agencies every year to make active living, healthy eating, and connection accessible to every San Franciscan.
People’s Planner We work directly with residents and small buisinesses to make San Francisco neighborhoods more livable, including helping enact planning and zoning changes responsive to neighborhood needs, helping plan and secure funding for street and open space improvements, preserving housing and local landmarks, and helping neighborhood-serving small businesses and community services thrive.