Google invests USD 50m in Housing Trust's TECH Fund

Google is making a USD 50 million investment in Housing Trust Silicon Valley´s TECH Fund, the largest investment in the fund to date, the company said.

Housing Trust Silicon Valley launched the TECH (Tech + Equity + Community + Housing) Fund in March 2017 to provide affordable housing developers the flexible financing needed to compete for sites on the open market — a key barrier to building affordable housing. Google´s investment will enable Housing Trust Silicon Valley to continue helping create and preserve affordable housing units across the Bay Area.

This investment follows closely on Google´s USD 1 billion commitment to invest in housing and the production of at least 20,000 homes in the Bay Area. It is the company´s first investment from its USD 250 million affordable housing fund.

The investments in TECH Fund tend to be deployed quickly, which is a main reason why the initiative has already helped bring online 2,255 homes across 20 developments in Silicon Valley. This includes the purchase of land, construction of new homes, and preservation of existing homes for affordable housing that is close to job centers and transit options in San Jose, Mountain View, and other cities and towns in the region.

Over half of the homes TECH Fund has helped secure are designated for families, a third for the homeless and/or permanent supportive housing, and one-in-five for seniors. Most homes are aimed at those earning 60 percent of the area median income or less.

Housing Trust Silicon Valley (Housing Trust) is a nonprofit community loan fund based in San Jose that works to improve quality of life low-income people in the greater Bay Area by increasing affordable housing opportunities. Since 2000, Housing Trust has invested over USD 257 million in programs that help everyone from those experiencing homelessness to renters to first-time homebuyers – creating nearly 19,000 affordable housing opportunities serving over 34,000 of our neighbors. It is the first nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to receive a Standard & Poor´s rating, AA- because of its strong capacity to meet financial commitments. For more information visit www.housingtrustsv.org

TECH Fund (Tech + Equity + Community + Housing) is an initiative created by Housing Trust Silicon Valley to create opportunities for philanthropists and large Bay Area employers to provide resources to be part of the affordable housing solution. The fund began in March 2017 with an initial investment from the Cisco Foundation that has since been followed by investments from Google, Grove Foundation, LinkedIn, NetApp, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Pure Storage and Sobrato Family Foundation. Housing Trust to date has raised USD 112 million for the TECH Fund to be revolved over the course of a ten-year investment period — at the end of which TECH Fund investors receive a modest return on their investments in addition to the original investment being repaid and, most importantly, having created more than 10,000 affordable housing opportunities during that time. For more information visit www.housingtrustsv.org/tech-fund/