Community Mediation

90% of the time, parties who take their dispute to Center for Human Development will leave with a resolution in the form of an agreement — a product of their collaboration at the mediation table.

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CHD’s dedication towards building peaceful communities fuels the commitment to offer low cost services on a sliding scale. That’s why, under Community Mediation, diverse community issues are resolved without the overhead of expensive legal services. Although businesses and organizations pay a flat fee that is less than half the cost of using a private mediator with the same expertise, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.


Animal Services says that the dog owner is within his rights; the police came and reminded the neighbor to turn it down, but the music is up again the next night. If, however, a call is made to CRP, trained volunteer mediators can contact all the individuals involved, explain the process, and if all parties consent, offer to mediate. Under the service, mediation sessions are scheduled in a secure meeting place. All parties show up with the willingness to share their stories. If an agreement is reached, it is written down and everyone receives a copy. The entire process is confidential.

Other cases handled under the program are:

  • Business/ workplace disagreements involving employees, management, contractors, etc.
  • Organizational conflicts between groups such as school boards and parent associations
  • Real estate issues between buyers, sellers, contractors, and realtors
  • Homeowners’ association/ member disputes

Download CRP tip sheet published by Contra Costa County Sheriff

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Upcoming Trainings

For more information about Community Mediation please contact Steven Cross at (925) 349-7344 or