New Advisory Board Will Distribute $155 Million From Google To Fight San Jose Displacement

A newly formed advisory group will soon create a plan to distribute approximately $155 million in Google funding to communities at risk of being displaced by the tech giant’s new 80-acre development in San Jose.

The council-appointed committee is called the Opportunity Pathway Fund Commission and aims to put decision-making in the hands of local leaders and residents. Their task is to determine the best way to distribute funds to residents at risk of being left out of San Jose. The funds will also go towards education and entrepreneurship opportunities.

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Five committee member roles will be filled by San Jose residents who have had experiences of displacement, underemployment or homelessness and eight positions will be filled by residents with housing, mental health, health or other community services. The committee will also include non-voting members – three city representatives, a Google representative and potentially a few of the project’s other big backers.

The City expects to fill the advisory committee positions by the end of the year. To learn more about the project and the engagement process, click here.

Google has agreed to hand over the $155 million as part of the city’s approval of their Downtown West in 2021, which will cover 80 acres near Diridon Station. It is also expected to feature 7.3 million square feet of office space, 4,000 residences and 15 acres of parkland and a large community center.

Opponents of the project warned that the massive development would increase the cost of living and create displacement in San Jose.

Apart from the $155 million, Google has already given the city $4.5 million for education, job training, and scholarships.

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