Google executives joined San Jose elected officials Thursday to announce a $ 500,000 grant to assist homeless services and help build a new African-American cultural center.
The grant will be divided equally between the People Assisting Theless Association (PATH) and a service and cultural center project for the African-American community in the city, Congresswoman Zoe Lopgren said at the event.
“These are going to be amazing additions to our community,” Lopgren said. “I want to thank Google for its vision and for always being a partner with our wonderful nonprofits.”
Half of the grant – $ 250,000 – will help support the association’s portfolio management services and purchase new support housing development equipment located on Fourth Street that is due to open later this year. PATH, an organization that provides homeless services in more than 150 California cities, also recently received a $ 1.2 million contract from San Jose to provide mental health services to non-downtown residents.
The second half of the grant will help with early development and community involvement for the construction of an African American Cultural Center project and affordable housing at Alameda. The African-American Community Service Agency and First Community Housing are leading the project.
According to previous news reports, the project will include 109 residences, offices, a clinic and community gathering spaces. The nine-story building is planned for the intersection of Alameda and Interstate 880.
San Jose Deputy Mayor Chapi Jones said the grant, especially for the African-American Cultural Center, is tremendous for San Jose.
“I’m very excited about it,” Jones told San Jose Spotlight. “In my very limited time on the City Council, I will do my best to advance this project.”
The grants come as Google plans to invest $ 3.5 billion across California to expand its offices in Los Angeles, Sunnyvale and Mountain View, in addition to plans for San Jose’s Downtown West project. According to Google executives, the San Jose mega-campus is expected to bring 25,000 jobs to the area, including 6,000 under construction.
West Downtown, approved by San Jose in 2021, will cover 80 acres near Diridon Station and will include 7.3 million square feet of office space, 4,000 homes, 15 acres of parks and a community center of 30,000-50,000 square feet. It also boasts 500,000 square feet of retail, cultural, educational and arts uses. A quarter of the housing in the area will be affordable. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.
“We want to make sure we’re good neighbors,” said Kent Walker, president of global affairs and chief legal officer at Google. “We want to make sure we are operating properly by the communities in which we operate.”
San Jose recently approved a $ 4.5 million spend from Google on education, job training, scholarships and neighborhood utility programs – as well as an advisory committee tasked with spreading more money from the tech titan. Until Downtown West is completed in a decade from now, Google will distribute $ 200 million in community benefit funds.
Officials, including San Jose Mayor Sam Licardo, praised Google for the investment and willingness to work with the city.
“We’re very excited about it, more than just what Google does, but the way Google does it,” Licardo said.
Councilman Dev Davis, who represents the area where the Google campus will be located, said the new construction will help increase the city’s tax revenue.
“What it does is it allows us to provide additional services that reach residents, like public safety,” Davis told the San José Spotlight. “Google is going to invest in our parks and our trails, which I also really appreciate.”
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