Google invests in San Jose Homeless Services and Black Cultural Center
SAN JOSE, Calif. (BCN) — Google executives joined elected officials in San Jose on Thursday to announce a $500,000 grant for homeless services and to help build a new African-American cultural center.
The grant will be split equally between the nonprofit organization People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) and a service and cultural center project for the city’s African-American community, U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren said during the event.
“These will be amazing additions to our community,” Lofgren said. “I want to thank Google for their vision and for always being a partner of our wonderful nonprofits.”
Half of the grant – $250,000 – will help support nonprofit case management services and purchase equipment for a new supportive housing development on Fourth Street set to open later this year .
PATH, a nonprofit that provides services to homeless people in more than 150 cities in California, also recently received a $1.2 million contract from San Jose to provide mental health services to homeless people. downtown housing.
The other half of the grant will help with pre-development and community engagement for the construction of a proposed African-American Cultural Center and affordable housing on the Alameda.
The African American Community Service Agency and First Community Housing are spearheading the project. According to previous reports, the project will include 109 residences, offices, a clinic and community gathering spaces.
The nine-story building is planned for the intersection of the Alameda and Interstate 880. San Jose Vice Mayor Chappie Jones said the grant, specifically for the African American Cultural Center, is great for San Jose. “I’m very excited about it,” Jones told San Jose Spotlight. “In my very limited time on City Council, I will do everything in my power to move this project forward.”
The grants come as Google plans to invest $3.5 billion across California to expand offices in Los Angeles, Sunnyvale and Mountain View, in addition to plans for San Jose’s Downtown West project.
According to Google executives, the mega campus in San Jose is expected to bring 25,000 jobs, including 6,000 in construction, to the area. Downtown West, approved by San Jose in 2021, will span 80 acres near Diridon Station and include 7.3 million square feet of office space, 4,000 homes, 15 acres of parkland and a 30,000-square-foot community center. 50,000 square feet.
It also has 500,000 square feet for commercial, cultural, educational and artistic purposes. A quarter of the housing in the neighborhood will be affordable. Construction is expected to begin next year.
“We want to make sure we’re good neighbors,” said Kent Walker, president of global affairs and chief legal officer of Google. “We want to make sure we’re doing the right thing for the communities in which we operate.”
San Jose recently approved Google’s $4.5 million spending on education, job training, scholarships and neighborhood programs.
It also has an advisory board tasked with dispersing more money from the tech titan. By the time Downtown West is complete in a decade, Google will have distributed $200 million in community benefits funds.
Officials including San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo praised Google for its investment and willingness to work with the city.
“We’re incredibly excited about this, more than what Google is doing, but how Google is doing it,” Liccardo said.
Council member Dev Davis, who represents the area where Google’s campus will be located, said the new construction will increase tax revenue for the city.
“What that does is it allows us to provide more services that residents deserve, like public safety,” Davis told San Jose Spotlight.
“Google is going to invest in our parks and trails, which I also really appreciate.”
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