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DoorDash is partnering with mRelief to Help Food Stamp Recipients in California

DoorDash has announced a pilot program with mRelief, the startup helping families across the nation sign up for food stamps through voice, digital and text applications. There are a few hurdles when it comes to applying for food stamps. From wait times, paperwork and being approved, families risk going through weeks of not securing the funding necessary to help buy groceries. DoorDash and mRelief’s partnership is providing emergency food vouchers to assist families while they wait for food stamp approval in San Francisco. Families who sign up for CaliFresh—California’s food stamp program—in San Francisco are given $35 in DoorDash credit for their next meal. The partnership is set to run from February until September, according to a post from DoorDash’s blog. “Our work at mRelief is about bringing the simplicity of technology typically used to provide on-demand services, to things that are critical needs” mRelief co-founder Rose Afriyie told Techcrunch. The partnership is big news...

Feb 6, 2019

Airbnb, Twilio Announce $2.7M Commitment To Stopping Youth Homelessness

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Airbnb and Twilio Inc. have announced a $2.7 million commitment to helping the city’s homeless. The funding will support the Rising Up campaign, which provides housing and job placement services to more than 500 young people in San Francisco. Rising Up plans to cut the homeless population in the city in half within the next four years. The donation from Airbnb and Twilio will be used for expanding Rising Up’s capacity. According to a  county and city report almost 7,000 homeless residents lived in San Francisco in 2017 — an increase of over 4 percent since the 2015 count. “Shelter is a basic need, yet on any given night, nearly 1,200 young people sleep on San Francisco streets. This is our hometown, and we have a responsibility to help those young people in need of housing and job opportunities,” Airbnb Co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky said in a press release. Homelessness and income inequality are ongoing problems in cities with booming tech sectors...

Jan 30, 2019

Microsoft Commits $500 Million For Affordable Housing In Seattle

In an effort to offset the impact the company has had on Seattle’s housing market, Microsoft has pledged $500 million to help build middle and low-income housing in the area, according to the New York Times. Host cities for big tech companies have seen their housing markets shift, with many residents being pushed out when they can no longer afford rent and other expenses. Amazon, which is also headquartered in Seattle, recently received backlash from Washington, D.C. and New York City residents after announcing that it is building its joint headquarters in the cities. According to a report by Zillow , although incomes in some of America’s more expensive housing markets are typically higher than other cities, they have not been able to keep up with housing costs — this puts renters in a bind and increases the risk of homelessness. New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle are some of the priciest housing markets in the country. People in these areas who typically spend...

Jan 17, 2019

Airbnb Is Giving $5 Million to Help San Francisco's Homeless Population

On Tuesday, Airbnb announced its donation of $5 million to help San Francisco’s homeless population, making it the largest donation from the company to its hometown. According to a report by the city and county of San Francisco, the city had almost 7,000 homeless residents including the general street and shelter count in 2017. This is an increase of over 4 percent since the 2015 count. “Over the next three years, Airbnb will commit $5 million to address the homelessness crisis in San Francisco,” Airbnb said in a blog post published Tuesday. “This is our hometown and this is our shared responsibility.” The announcement comes after San Francisco residents voted to implement a “ homelessness tax ” on big businesses housed in the city. Proposition C taxes gross receipts for businesses with over $50 million in gross annual receipts and payroll expenses for certain businesses with over $1 billion in gross annual receipts. Proposition C was not well received by tech companies in the city...

Nov 15, 2018