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What Is The NEIGHBOR Project?

The Mandell Gisnet Center offers low cost mediation services to community members through the Neighbor Project. This program was established several years ago as a result of a tragedy that occurred in our County resulting from a neighbor dispute. At the Mandell Gisnet Center we encourage early resolution of disputes before they escalate. We provide skilled mediators to guide the parties to a successful result. We also offer peer mediation training to community groups who may be interested in developing or expanding mediation and communication skills. To set a Neighbor Project mediation or a community training contact us today.

How Does The NEIGHBOR Project Help?

  • Communication breakdowns
  • Neighbor issues including noise, parking, pets, privacy, fences and property lines
  • Negotiating:
    o Shared expenses
    o Shared resources
    o Evictions
    o Return of security deposit

How Long Does NEIGHBOR Project Mediation Take?

Our process of mediation initiation usually takes between 2 to 4 weeks before a mediation session is scheduled. Mediation is a voluntary process. A case developer will work with both sides to determine if mediation is a good fit for the situation.

Once both parties have agreed to mediate, they will receive up to 3 hours of mediation with 2 to 3 mediators.

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.

-Albert Eisntein

We view conflict as on opportunity for growth and change.

How Much Does It Cost?

Nominal $25 fee for each side once a mediation is scheduled.

Where are the Mediations?

Mediations are held at the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management located at the Community Justice Center in Seaside, CA. Click here for directions.

Who Are The Mediators?

Professionally trained community members and licensed attorney volunteers.

Call the NEIGHBOR Project Program at (831) 582-5234 x 1039
or email

When you call us, you’ll speak to our program coordinator who will explain the program, do a brief intake and assign your case to a case developer if you choose to pursue mediation.