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The Fight for Housing


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The Fight for Housing

August 2017

Ground Floor Organizes Tech Community around Brisbane Baylands Development

This month we organized dozens of Bay Area technology companies in support of building new housing at Brisbane Baylands. Universal Paragon Corporation seeks to build 4,400 homes on the 684 acre site in San Mateo County, just steps from Caltrain and minutes from downtown San Francisco. Like the companies who signed on to support the Baylands project, we believe new transit-oriented developments like this are the solution to our current housing crisis. We are proud to support UPC in this effort and to work with San Mateo County to shape policies. Read more about our work in this article from Tuesday’s SF Business Times: Tech giants Salesforce, Yelp, AT&T and Comcast push for housing at Brisbane Baylands.

Empower Saving through EARN

We are proud to support our friends at EARN, a nonprofit whose mission is to help working families save money and invest in their futures. In partnership with San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros, EARN recently launched SaverLife, a campaign to encourage low and medium-income Bay Area residents to develop and practice saving habits. The program incentivizes participants to create a financial cushion by offering cash rewards if they save money. Participants receive weekly emails from a certified financial adviser to support savings behavior.

If participants save just $20 a month, SaverLife offers $10 in rewards for up to six months of saving. On average, participants save an extra $500 with the program, a small but important cushion that can help cover unexpected expenses and prevent debt or even homelessness.

SaverLife is nearing its goal of 1,000 participants and wants to continue expanding. Their team is looking for partners that could aid their efforts in reaching low-to-moderate income Bay Area residents through online marketing, or, those that could contribute to the match funds that allow them to serve more people. If your employees could benefit from this service, spreading the message to them about SaverLife could make a drastic impact on their well-being. Learn more here, or donate to support the program here.

We want YOU! (To intern with Ground Floor)

Ground Floor is seeks a motivated and hard-working intern to join our team from September-December, 2017. Interns work closely with our staff and our clients to prepare research memos, compile our daily media summary, and staff client meetings and events. If you or someone you know is interested in learning about the world of public affairs and enjoys a fast-paced work environment, we encourage you to apply. Job description and application details here.

Share this with your Favorite SF Nonprofit

The San Francisco Police Officers Association, one of Ground Floor’s most long-standing clients, is finishing up the third quarter cycle of their Community Investment Grant program, which funds community-building efforts around the city. Each quarter SFPOA awards a $5,000 grant to an exemplary nonprofits that work day in, day out for the betterment of their local communities, and are targeted towards neighborhood improvement projects that address the specific needs of the community. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and winners will be announced in September. Apply today!

Alex and the Ground Floor team.