The Hayward People's Budget
We are excited to announce Hayward's first participatory budgeting process. During this process, community members will submit and vote on proposals to increase community connections in their neighborhoods.
The process will run from September 2021 - December 2022. We have divided Hayward into six sectors for this process (scroll down to see the map). Each sector will have a budget of $50,000-$70,000, depending on the population and income level of the sector. There are no restrictions on the type of proposals, as long as the project connects neighbors and builds community. The proposals with the top votes get funded!
September - October, 2021
Neighborhood Meetings and Delegate Recruitment: Join us at a City Hall to You meeting in your neighborhood to learn about things happening in Hayward and hear about the participatory budgeting process.
Delegate Kickoff: Sign Up to be a Delegate by Oct 31, 2021. We will announce neighborhood delegates by November 10, 2021. During November we will host orientations and trainings to help your delegates conduct community outreach and draft proposals.
November 2021 - February, 2022
Brainstorming and Creation of Proposals: Suggest ideas for your neighborhood. Neighborhood delegates will conduct outreach to collect ideas for projects and gauge the interest level for each concept. They will then work with City staff to create project proposals that reflect community input and are able to be implemented in the timeframe.
March 10-20, 2022
Community Voting: Residents age 10 and up will be able to vote in person at sites around Hayward or online. No registration or identification is needed. Voters will be required to sign an affidavit to confirm age and residency.
April - December 2022
Project Implementation: The projects with the most votes will happen throughout 2022. Each project will have a volunteer project lead or a team of leads. If you are interested in being a project leader, let one of your neighborhood delegates know (the list of delegates will be available in November).
Suggest Ideas for Your Neighborhood
Use our online platform to suggest and support ideas for projects that you want to see in your neighborhood. Remember, the goal of the projects are to increase community connections, so explain how your idea will do that.
Sign up to be a neighborhood delegate
Sign up by October 31, 2021. Delegates will be responsible for collecting ideas from their neighbors, gauging which concepts are the most feasible, creating proposals, and helping get out the vote. The volunteer commitment will be around 25 hours between November 2021 - March 2022.
Join the process
- Sign up to get updates: If you haven't already, sign up for the City's newsletter. We will keep you posted about upcoming events and opportunities.
- Attend a City Hall to You meeting: There will be meetings throughout the fall. For each neighborhood there will be one virtual meeting and one drop by meeting at a local park.
- Vote! Voting will take place in your neighborhood between March 10-20, 2022.
Map of the six sectors
The sectors below match census tract boundaries. We understand there are multiple neighborhoods in each sector. It will be up to community participants and voters to decide how best to allocate the funding to build community in the neighborhoods throughout their sector. The budgeted amounts are based on each sector's population and mean per capita income.
Project Manager: Mary Thomas, Management Analyst, Office of the City Manager | Mary.Thomas@hayward-ca.gov | (510) 583-4227