Google.org Awards $2 Million to Fight Homelessness in San Francisco

The mayor of San Francisco has announced grants from Google.org totaling $2 million to three organizations working to alleviate homelessness in the city.

The awards will support a range of programs, including housing and college preparedness programs for homeless youth and a crowdsourcing platform that enables people to assist neighbors who are at risk of becoming homeless. Grant recipients include the Hamilton Family Center, which was awarded $1 million to partner with the San Francisco Unified School District to address family homelessness in the city; Larkin Street Youth Services, which received $500,000 in support of an innovative college and career preparation program for homeless youth that provides the full continuum of programming they need to develop the skills and capacities to live as independent adults; and HandUp, which was awarded $500,000 to leverage a charitable-giving technology platform that connects donors with homeless and low-income individuals and families who are struggling to meet their basic needs.

"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 Edwin Lee. "With this show of twenty-first century philanthropy…Google has demonstrated an understanding of the needs of our city and our residents."

"Google.org Commits $2 Million to Fight Homelessness in San Francisco." Google.org Press Release 12/11/2014. John Coté. "Google Gives $2 Million to S.F. Nonprofits to Aid Homeless." San Francisco Chronicle 12/11/2014.