District Attorney Awards 11 Community Organizations with Neighborhood Justice Fund Grants

January 31, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167

ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón awarded 11 community organizations today with Neighborhood Justice Fund grants. Funding for the grants are a result of funds collected from Neighborhood Court directives and held by the District Attorney’s Office for the sole purpose of disbursement through nonprofit 501(c)3 organization grants for projects that enhance the safety, livability and cohesion of San Francisco’s neighborhoods.

“Safe and sustainable communities are a direct result of residents getting engaged and being part of the solution. That is why we created the Neighborhood Justice Fund - to empower communities to take action towards improving neighborhood safety,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “These 11 projects represent a cross section of neighborhoods and organizations serving youth, seniors and families. We were inspired by the thoughtfulness, the creativity and the commitment to public safety behind each proposal.

"At Quesada Gardens, we've found that the more local the response to any challenge, the better the results. That's one of the reasons we are so proud to receive a Neighborhood Justice Fund award from District Attorney Gascón, and are especially glad he is championing the neighborhood courts concept,” said Jeffrey Betcher from Quesada Gardens and one of the grant recipients.

For consideration, projects were required to be located in San Francisco, demonstrate a long-term benefit for the district, be accompanied by a time bound schedule, enhance the livability of the district and be within the demonstrated capacity of the applying organizations. Project proposals were reviewed by a panel for technical compliance and chosen based on panel recommendations and the diversity of districts represented. Grants awarded during the 2012 disbursement are required to be completed between March 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

Grants were awarded for the following projects:
Organization: Quesada Gardens Initiative
Project: Community Garden: Build a community garden as a mixed use community service space
Neighborhoods served: Bayview

Organization: Visitacion Valley Business Improvement Group
Project: Movies in the Park 2013 and Visitacion Valley Festival 2013: Promote 2-3 movie nights in the community’s parks to build community cohesion.
Neighborhoods served: Ingleside

Organization: Asociacion Mayab
Project: Maya Community Education Program on Violence and Crime Prevention: Educate Maya community on public safety, victim assistance programs and SFPD on linguistic and cultural differences.
Neighborhoods served: Mission and Tenderloin

Organization: Livable City
Project: Play Streets for All: Build on “Sunday Street” by supporting local organizers to produce open street events.
Neighborhoods served: Central, Bayview, Tenderloin, Northern

Organization: Lower Polk Neighbors
Project: Fern Alley Farmers’ Market: Farmers’ market in Fern Alley (Apr-Oct), stipends for Larkin Street youth for flyering/live music
Neighborhoods served: Northern

Organization: Collective Impact
Project: Youth Code of Conduct Campaign: Establishing code of conduct principles with Western Addition youth (be kind, be responsible, be respectful, and have fun)/
Neighborhoods served: Park

Organization: Self Help for the Elderly
Project: Asian Scam Outreach and Education for elderly population
Neighborhoods served: Richmond, Tenderloin, Central, Ingleside, SOMA, Taraval)

Organization: United Playaz
Project: Youth Recreation Activities: Recreational development activities for SOMA children
Neighborhoods served:

Organization: Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Project: Youth Domestic Violence: Develop and stage play to educate teens about domestic violence focusing on underserved communities
Neighborhoods served: Taraval, Southern

Organization: Vietnamese Youth Development Center
Project: Security entry gate to increase sense of security for center’s youth and staff.
Neighborhoods served: Tenderloin

Organization: SF LGBT Aging Policy Task Force
Project: Enhancing public safety for LGBT seniors: through outreach and focus groups, the Task Force will create a multi-lingual public safety document for LGBT seniors
Neighborhoods served: Tenderloin, Bayview, Mission