Facebook breaks ground on community hub devoted to nonprofits

Facebook will soon break ground on its latest development, but this time the social media company isn’t building offices — it is creating a nonprofit community hub.

The 12K SF community hub will provide much-needed space for nonprofits educating the community and youth about tech and coding. It is expected to open in early 2019.

Large tech companies and organizations have been devoting community spaces for nonprofits and events as part of their campus or office developments. Salesforce has devoted the top floor of Salesforce Tower, the ohana floor, for community and nonprofit events after hours. Google opened a free 8,500 SF workspace for nonprofits at its Embarcadero office in 2017.

Large tech companies and organizations have been devoting community spaces for nonprofits and events as part of their campus or office developments. Salesforce has devoted the top floor of Salesforce Tower, the ohana floor, for community and nonprofit events after hours. Google opened a free 8,500 SF workspace for nonprofits at its Embarcadero office in 2017.

Facebook’s Menlo Park Community Hub will be for local nonprofits focused on internships and workforce training, coding and technology courses and community development. The space is reservable for nonprofits, entrepreneurs and community events when not used for classes.

 

 

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Haight neighbors claim 100 percent affordable housing project at McDonald’s is too tall

The rent is too damn high, and to correct this, every San Franciscan is clamoring for The City to build affordable housing — and a lot of it. But one pocket of our sleepy little town is drumming up opposition to a plan for affordable housing at the site of the McDonald’s restaurant on Stanyan Street.

The problem? It’s too tall, they say.

The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council — or HANC, as they’re called — penned a public letter in late December laying out its support for the project, in general, but voiced concern that a 65-foot, 7-story-tall development would “substantially change the character of the area,” due to its “height and bulk.”

Read more from the San Francisco Examiner

Can your spare bedroom help solve Oakland’s homelessness crisis?

OAKLAND — For everyone who has ever passed one of this city’s sprawling homeless encampments and wondered how to help, Mayor Libby Schaaf has an answer — open your door to someone in need of shelter.

The Oakland mayor is asking residents to offer their spare rooms, Airbnb units and rental properties to the city’s homeless, a radical proposition that has prompted both cautious optimism and scathing criticism from her constituents. Some landlords worry taking in down-on-their-luck tenants could backfire, and skeptical homeless advocates say this Band-Aid of a solution doesn’t solve the larger problem. But others, watching Oakland’s homelessness crisis grow to devastating proportions, say now is the time for outside-the-box thinking.

Read more from East Bay Times

Google, Facebook push back on housing, transit crisis

As the Bay Area’s housing and transportation crisis deepens, a few of the region’s biggest tech employers are taking matters into their own hands.

Menlo Park-based Facebook and Mountain View-based Google are starting to address the region’s foremost issues in housing and traffic. The two tech giants have committed to supporting or building permanent housing in their hometowns – a first in the region – each drawing up or promising master plans that would create new apartments and retail close to thousands of jobs.

Read more from San Francisco Business Times

S.F. hotels inundated with demand from people and events displaced by wildfires (Video)

As the Wine Country’s hospitality industry sits in shock by the destruction wrought by wildfires tearing through the region, San Francisco hotels and venues have stepped in to accommodate those displaced by the damage.

Hotel properties throughout the city have been fully occupied this week with guests affected by six major fires that have killed at least 32 people, blackened more than 300 square miles and combined, have been deemed the deadliest week-long period in the state’s wildfire history.

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Fall Volunteer Event: Habitat Restoration in the Presidio


Thank you to everyone who participated in yet another successful NAI event, our Fall Volunteer Day: Habitat Restoration in the Presidio on Friday, November 7th! We had an incredible turnout, and it was a great opportunity to not only bond as a company, but also to give back to our San Francisco community. We helped enhance rare native plant habitats and maintain important wildlife corridors in the Presidio, which is home to 20 rare plant species, including five protected by the Endangered Species Act. Participating in habitat restoration by removing invasive species and re-vegetating with native plants is the most proactive way to help conserve this landscape.
Click here to see more photos from the event!

The Golden Gate Nation Parks Conservancy is a community-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming places—and people—through conservation and improvement of the Golden Gate National Parks. Their mission is to preserve these remarkable national parks, enhance the park visitor experience, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future.

Please visit www.parksconservancy.org to find out how you can help.