Google, which became a lightning rod in the debate over tech firms' impact on rising property prices and income inequality in San Francisco, announced a $2-million contribution Thursday to groups serving homeless and at-risk people in the city, the San Francisco Chronicle writes. The donation includes $1 million for Hamilton Family Center to serve families at risk for homelessness, $500,000 to Larkin Street Youth Services for college and career help for homeless youths, and $500,000 to match donations to HandUp, a Web site that crowdfunds specific needs for homeless and low-income people.
Justin Steele of Google.org, the Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet giant's philanthropic arm, said many "Googlers" live in San Francisco. "This is our community. These are our neighbors," he said. The company donated $6.8-million earlier this year to provide transit passes to low-income youth after coming under fire for its private shuttle service for Bay Area employees.