The Richmond Building Healthy Communities site—also known as Healthy Richmond—is home to over 46,000 residents living in Central, Southern, and North Richmond neighborhoods. While this urban community has long struggled with high unemployment, low educational attainment, and environmental injustices, its deep history of activism, rich diversity, and strong spirit of resilience underscores an appetite for progressive innovation. Healthy Richmond is bringing together youth and adult residents, as well as community and civic organizations to create hope and opportunity for children, youth, and families.
As Richmond enters a transition phase, issues such as homelessness and housing stands out as some of the most pressing challenges. At the Quality-Of-Life public rollout session on Saturday, March 30, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, BART Board Director Lateetfah Simon and County Supervisor John Gioia will be providing remarks on these pressing issues, alongside the North Richmond Resident Leadership Team.
One of West Contra Costa Unified School District’s recurring conversations centers around the needs of the district’s most high-need students, including low-income, black and Latino students, and those who are learning English. This group is more likely to face academic challenges and be suspended from school. While these achievement gaps are a pressing concern for families and district staff, a college counselor at Kennedy High School says that one group, in particular, is left out of the mix: black nerds.
Healthcare for All: Healthy Richmond is expanding health care options for all city residents, regardless of immigration status. Additionally, Healthy Richmond is connecting eligible residents to new health care options under the Affordable Care Act. Click here to read more about the partners engaged in this work or join the action team making health happen in Richmond.
Safe Homes and Communities: Healthy Richmond’s work includes redirecting limited public dollars to violence prevention and restorative justice rather than incarceration. Community members, law enforcement, and local organizations are working smarter on crime and the result is one of the steepest drops in crime rates anywhere in the country—we’re at a 33-year low. Click here to read more about the partners engaged in this work.
Vibrant, Healthy Schools & Neighborhoods: Healthy Richmond promotes access to high quality community schools and neighborhoods with access to safe places to play, healthy food options, and clean air. Healthy Richmond partners are working with the City to implement its Health and Wellness Element to its General Plan. Efforts are underway all over the city to turn public spaces into safe, healthy, and stimulating places for children to play and learn. Click here to read more about the partners engaged in this work.
Healthy Economic Revitalization: Healthy Richmond’s economic revitalization efforts and successes include working to ensure that existing Richmond residents will benefit from the proposed Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay. While the expansion presents a tremendous economic opportunity for area residents, it also places the majority low-income renter community at risk of displacement. Healthy Richmond is supporting community efforts to negotiate a Community Benefits Agreement. Click here to read more about the partners engaged in this work.
Victor McElhaney was a 21-year-old killed during a robbery attempt.
Victor was a student at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts since 2013. He was part of the Young Artist Diploma Program, one specifically for advanced students to study different disciplines over several years and poured his soul to music in places such as Richmond.