Mayor Lee Announces $2 Million from Google to Support San Francisco’s Homeless
Google Provides Hamilton Family Center, Larkin Street Youth Services & HandUp with Grants to Help City’s Homeless Families & Residents Access Housing, Financial Support & Job Training Leading to Emplo
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced $2 million in grant commitments from Google to three local nonprofits working to improve conditions for homeless residents of San Francisco. Hamilton Family Center, Larkin Street Youth Services and HandUp are employing innovative solutions to help San Francisco homeless residents access housing, supportive services, and find jobs.
“These generous Google grants have the potential to change the lives of thousands of homeless families and help them share in the success of our City,” said Mayor Lee. “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.”
“Hamilton Family Center, Larkin Street Youth Services and HandUp are all taking fresh approaches at helping to improve the living conditions for so many at-risk San Franciscans,” said Google.org Director Jacquelline Fuller. “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.”
Hamilton Family Center, which will receive $1,000,000 in Google funding, is working to eliminate the homeless family wait list for shelters in San Francisco by partnering with the San Francisco Unified School District to rapidly intervene when at-risk families are identified by the school district.
“The number of homeless students in San Francisco’s public schools has been increasing steadily for the past five years,” said Hamilton Family Center Executive Director Jeff Kositsky. “Google’s investment will allow for a unique commitment between Hamilton Family Center, the San Francisco Unified School District, and the City and County of San Francisco to address homelessness in our schools. We are deeply grateful for everyone at Google for funding this innovative partnership to solve family homelessness.”
Larkin Street Youth Services will receive a $500,000 grant to be used to prevent the next generation of chronically homeless adults in San Francisco by implementing a first-of-its-kind college and career preparation program for homeless young people to develop the skills and abilities needed to succeed in the Bay Area.
“The timing couldn’t be better for Google’s transformational gift as we have recently expanded the range of services we provide to homeless youth, including expanded education and job training through our Larkin Street Academy,” said Larkin Street Youth Services Board Vice-Chair and former U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer. “The needs have never been greater of our homeless youth with the opportunity to make a life changing difference never better. Google’s leadership and desire to make a difference in our community couldn’t be more appreciated and transformational.”
HandUp, a direct donation platform which helps homeless and low-income individuals overcome poverty by connecting donors with neighbors who are struggling to meet their basic needs, will use $500,000 in Google funding to kick off a gift-matching campaign that will double the contribution any donor makes to HandUp members.
“Google.org’s $500,000 grant will empower thousands of homeless and low-income Bay Area residents meet their most urgent needs through our direct giving website, HandUp.us,” said HandUp CEO and Co-Founder Rose Broome. “This represents an important step toward deepening the collaboration between the tech community, nonprofits, the Mayor’s Office, and local citizens who want a transparent way to give back. At HandUp, we believe that new solutions are possible and that everyone can play a role in the fight against urban poverty.”