Google.org awards $4 million to help address homelessness in Bay Area

Google.org awards $4 million to help address homelessness in Bay Area

Google.org has announced grants totaling $4 million to nonprofits working to prevent homelessness and displacement in the Bay Area, both of which have been exacerbated by COVID-19.

Part of a $50 million commitment to community-based organizations working on the front lines of the region's housing crisis announced by Google.org last year — and in conjunction with a $1 billion pledge by parent company Google in support of affordable housing — the grants will support the efforts of Larkin Street Youth ServicesAbode Services, and Sunnyvale Community Services to prevent homelessness among youth, families, and vulnerable communities in the Bay Area. In a blog post announcing the grants, Google.org president Jacquelline Fuller highlighted Larkin Street and Abode Services' "Housing First" approach, which provides the homeless with emergency, short-term, or long-term housing, as well as supports such as food assistance, mental health services, drug rehab services, and job training programs.

"This has been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, given the added risk of contracting the virus among people who are on the streets or in homelessness encampments," wrote Fuller.

The grants are in addition to $7.75 million disbursed by the organization since June 2019 to provide mental health care, food, and job-training services to more than thirty-three thousand people and house nine thousand individuals over the next four years.