Tech founder funds affordable housing nonprofit: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative offers $3.1M to East Palo Alto legal aid group

Buoyed by the success of Facebook’s founder and his wife, the philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is delving into the Bay Area’s housing crisis by funding legal support and advocacy for tenants facing displacement.
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Samantha Weigel
San Mateo Daily Journal
February 7, 2017

Tags: Funding: Private/Foundation, Housing: Affordability

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA)


“In the Bay Area, few challenges are greater than the need for affordable housing,” Plouffe wrote in a Facebook post. “People in neighborhoods across the Bay Area are experiencing displacement where housing costs and conditions are forcing many residents to move.”

He went on to commend CLSEPA, noting the group is working to curb displacement in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood — two areas nearby Facebook’s headquarters that are markedly affected by the affordability crisis.

The announcement comes on the heels of Facebook pitching in $20 million and agreeing to work collaboratively with neighboring cities and advocacy nonprofits to help curb gentrification prompted in part by an astronomical job growth of high-paying jobs. That partnership announced in December, included $500,000 for a tenant assistance fund divvied out by CLSEPA.