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City-County Neighborhood Initiative
The City-County Neighborhood Initiative (CCNI) helps community members work together to solve problems and create a better standard of living for themselves. CCNI works in two targeted neighborhoods:
- Sobrante Park in East Oakland
- Hoover Historic District in West Oakland
The CCNI has pioneered a unique approach for working with residents to link them to resources and build their capacity to create healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.
Street-level Outreach: Trained staff knock on doors and visit street corners to find residents and link them with resources for employment, health services, education truancy and crime prevention.
- Community Capacity-Building: The CCNI works closely with residents to increase their leadership skills and build their power to create healthier neighborhoods through a variety of projects:
- Community Surveys help identify residents’ concerns and ideas.
- Resident Action Councils, drawing between 20 and 40 residents, meet monthly in each neighborhood to learn about community issues and plan events and campaigns.
- Youth Development—CCNI engages youth ages 12-24 in leadership development, community surveys, advocacy with policy-makers and special events such as the annual “Keepin’ It Real” celebration.
- Mini-Grants provide seed money for resident-led health and neighborhood improvement projects.
City-County Neighborhood Initiative Successes
Job Placement and Health Services
- More than 120 residents were placed in employment training; 75 got jobs through the CCNI.
- More than 600 have received health education, immunization, screening and other health services.
- More than 900 youth have participated in activities promoting healthy eating, active living and violence prevention.
- Oakland Youth Movement surveyed 200 youth about their neighborhood concerns.
- Youth worked with Council Member Nancy Nadel to identify and purchase a site for a West Oakland teen center.
Greater neighborhood involvement
- More than 3000 people every year have been involved in CCNI large-scale community events such as Earth Day and National Night Out.
- More residents attend neighborhood social events and meet with neighbors to create positive change.
Greater disaster preparation
- Sobrante Park has trained more people of color in Communities of Oakland Respondent to Disasters than any other neighborhood
- Surveys found more residents feel they are prepared for a disaster.
Clean‐up in problem areas
- 545 nuisance properties were cleaned up in West Oakland; 205 were cleaned up in Sobrante Park.
- CalTech toxic site was torn down and cleaned up.
Fewer traffic injuries
- Fewer injury accidents involving vehicles, pedestrians and bikes occurred in areas where residents advocated for stop signs, roundabouts, street striping and street humps.
For more information, call Felicia Verdin at (510) 238-3128 or email@example.com