The new approach marks perhaps the first time that these health systems have acknowledged that impact investment can and should be part of their overall strategy for improving health and well-being in their communities.
The tiny homes initiative was just approved Tuesday by the Milwaukee Common Council. Forty-eight homes and a community center will be built.
In partnership with Governor Newsom, the state, and community-based organizations, Apple is providing a significant investment that offers statewide housing support as well as funding for projects in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.
Microsoft’s money represents the most ambitious effort by a tech company to directly address the inequality that has spread in areas where the industry is concentrated. It will fund construction for homes affordable not only to the company’s own non-tech workers, but also for teachers, firefighters, and other middle- and low-income residents.
In addition to Pearl Jam’s efforts, over 80 Seattle restaurants joined the campaign and donated a portion of their Wednesday sales to Pearl Jam’s Home Away fund.
The tax will raise $45 million a year over the five-year life of the tax to build more affordable housing and support services for the homeless.
In the last year, the number of homeless veterans fell by 30 percent. Even more dramatic, the number of vets living on the streets decreased by 44 percent.