Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that Google will be gyving $2 million in grants to nonprofits working on the behalf of the city's homeless.
"With this show of 21st Century philanthropy and the many other meaningful gifts including Free Muni for Youth and improving digital connectivity for our residents with free WiFi in the Parks, Google has demonstrated an understanding of the needs of our City and our residents," Lee said in a statement Thursday.
The money will be divided up between the Hamilton Family Center, Larkin Street Youth Services, and HandUp, according to the Office of the Mayor. All work to "improve conditions for homeless residents."
“Since 2010, Google has given $100 million to Bay Area nonprofits, and we’re proud to be able to support the amazing work these groups do to strengthen our communities," Jacqueline Fuller, Google.org director said.
The Hamilton Family Center, which is working to end family wait lists for shelters will receive $1 million. Larkin Street Youth Services will receive a $500,000, which it will use to prevent chronic homelessness in adults, and another $500,000 goes to HandUp, which connects donors with those homeless or low-income residents who need contributions to cover basic necessities.
Google's philanthropy comes at a good time. Often cast as the villain
in rising housing costs and gentrification of affordable neighborhoods, this opportunity gives Google a way to show that it cares for the city and its most vulnerable residents.