San Francisco is our hometown and we share in the responsibility to help find solutions to some of the city’s most pressing problems. Last November Airbnb announced a $5 million commitment to tackle homelessness in San Francisco over the next three years.
Today we’re proud to join San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Twilio in announcing a $2.7 million commitment to Rising Up, a program aimed at cutting youth homelessness in half by the end of 2022. Launched by Mayor London Breed in October 2018, Rising Up will provide temporary housing subsidies and job-placement services to more than 500 young people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco.
“Youth homelessness is a crisis throughout California, and in San Francisco we are working to get our young people housed and employed so we can prevent them from becoming chronically homeless,” said Mayor Breed. “I’m grateful that Airbnb and Twilio are joining the City, Larkin Street and Tipping Point in putting resources towards supporting our youth. Together I know we can achieve the goal of Rising Up — to cut youth homelessness in half in San Francisco by 2022.”
Airbnb is contributing $2 million and Twilio an additional $700,000 to support Rising Up and help Larkin Street Youth Services scale and build capacity for the program. This donation is part of our $5 million commitment to tackle homelessness over the next three years.
“Shelter is a basic need, yet on any given night, nearly 1,200 young people sleep on San Francisco streets. This is our hometown, and we have a responsibility to help those young people in need of housing and job opportunities,” said Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky. “We’re proud to work with Mayor Breed and our local partners to help San Francisco youth find a place to call home.”
This funding builds on our existing partnerships with organizations dedicated to addressing homelessness, including Hamilton Families, SF Marin Food Bank and Larkin Street Youth Services. Airbnb will continue to work with a coalition of experts across government, community organizations, and other private sector entities to ensure the remaining $3 million in funds are directed to the most pressing and urgent needs.
To learn more about the announcement, read the full press release.