Focuses on housing stability, equitable access, health and resilience
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, January 25, 2022–BRIDGE Housing has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Salesforce.com Foundation to strengthen housing stability, equitable access to digital learning resources, and health and resilience for thousands of low-income, majority BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) families and students.
BRIDGE, a leading nonprofit developer, owner and manager of service-enriched affordable housing on the West Coast, will use the grant to:
- Prevent and remedy housing instability by developing 1,800+ new affordable homes for low-income families and people who have experienced homelessness.
- Expand comprehensive supportive services to reach more than 11,000 low-income, majority BIPOC households annually by 2023, including rental relief for current BRIDGE residents impacted by COVID.
- Pilot a new digital access initiative to ensure thousands of students and families in the San Francisco Bay Area have at-home connectivity, devices and digital-based learning opportunities.
COVID-19 has driven millions of families into unemployment, debt and housing instability, and has disproportionately impacted low-income and BIPOC families who were already overburdened by socio-economic inequities. Research shows that affordable housing has been critical to keeping these families afloat during the pandemic.
“BRIDGE deeply appreciates Salesforce.com Foundation’s support as we work to help low-income families recover from the pandemic and advance our long-term goal of strengthening and building resilient communities, starting with affordable housing,” said Ken Lombard, BRIDGE President & CEO. “This grant will improve the lives of thousands of people in the Bay Area and on the West Coast.”
“It has never been more important for corporate leaders to address community challenges such as homelessness and economic instability,” said Rebecca Ferguson, Vice President of Philanthropy at Salesforce. “Salesforce is deeply committed to fostering community resiliency, including basic necessities for life, and looks forward to the positive impact this grant will have on those most affected.”