Town Square

Facebook donates $20M for East Palo Alto affordable housing

Original post made on Dec 3, 2016

Facebook announced on Friday that it is committing $20 million to help create badly needed affordable housing in East Palo Alto.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 2, 2016, 8:47 PM


Posted by Nice
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2016 at 3:05 am

I hope some of the new Santa Clara Ciunty fund will go toward this effort. I hope there will be an eye toward preventing displacement of existing low income residents.

This is a lovely gesture.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2016 at 8:24 am

Once again this phrase "affordable housing" is used without definition. What is affordable to a college graduate in a job is not necessarily affordable to a family of 5 who run their own gardening/cleaning business.

Are we talking about rents or purchase price?

And before we start using the same old cliché about teachers, police and firefighters (all extremely necessary in our town) there are many others who are just as worthy to live near where they work. The janitors who clean our schools, the trash collectors, the mail deliverers, the grocery store clerks, etc. etc. etc. have as much value as anyone else when it comes to housing.

Posted by be positive
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Dec 3, 2016 at 8:24 am

be positive is a registered user.

@nce, I agree that this is wonderful, but Menlo park and EPA are both in San Mateo county, not Santa Clara.

Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Dec 3, 2016 at 10:33 am


I'll go out on a limb and say "affordable" in this case means BMR housing, as market rate housing, which is affordable to those who purchase it, wouldn't need a $20 million donation...

Posted by Nice
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2016 at 10:52 am

Thanks for the reminder. Oh well. This is a goodmove, though, because it makes projects that use the money eligible for grants, too.

Posted by Sea Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 4, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Very generous donation indeed!

Happy holidays!

Posted by Thanks, FB
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Good job Face Book,

"The coalition includes Youth United for Community Action, Faith in Action Bay Area, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Comité de Vecinos del Lado Oeste -- East Palo Alto, the City of East Palo Alto, the City of Menlo Park, and other community groups."

That's a lot of fingers in the pie, Can we get transparency on when and where the money goes.

There are several landlord organizations out there, I would suggest having your laison contact them directly and discuss options for them to participate in offering some well placed, well intended, low income tenants,

Posted by Jenna D
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm

I'm sure they are in the same mix but at least Dan Gold's fund is making housing more affordable in the area. I'd like to see how this fund actually affects people who need to live in Palo Alto such as students or current residents afford the sky rocketing rents.

Posted by Susan
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Why doesn't Zuckerberg start by building affordable housing next to his compound in Crescent Park in Palo Alto? Do the elites in PA just want the poor people dumped into some other neighborhood? These same poor people are the ones who clean the rich people's homes, and mow their lawns and nanny their kids. Where is the social justice?