Facebook commits $20 million to community groups

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Facebook announced a new partnership program with local community organizations, committing $20 million toward affordable housing, job training, and legal services available to more people in the area surrounding its Silicon Valley headquarters. The effort involves groups such as Youth United for Community Action, Faith in Action Bay Area, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, and Comité de Vecinos del Lado Oeste — East Palo Alto, along with the local governments of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

“We know we can’t solve these issues by working alone. This unique coalition is comprised of initial partners that share our goals, including Youth United for Community Action, Faith in Action Bay Area, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Comité de Vecinos del Lado Oeste – East Palo Alto, the local governments of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, and other community groups.” wrote Elliot Schrage, Vice President for Public Policy and Communications.

About $10 million of funding will go toward projects in East Palo Alto, a racially diverse city of about 29,000 people near Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park. About 16 percent of the city lives in poverty. As of 2014, the median income of residents was $52,716, according to The Mercury News.

 

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