SF tech company donates $400K for homelessness prevention program

A San Francisco-based software company granted $400,000 to The City Wednesday in an effort to prevent residents from becoming homeless, according to the Mayor’s office.

Gliffy, a software company with clients such as Pixar, Netflix and Nike, donated the funds to support Problem Solving assistance programs intended to help residents at risk of homelessness.

“We are inspired by the work of the talented team at HSH and their partner agencies, but more importantly Gliffy staff has rallied to do something for their fellow San Franciscans,” said Chris Kohlhardt, founder and chairman of the board of Gliffy. “We haven’t forgotten about our business goals and objectives, but we are working to expand our place in the community and to do our part to give back.”

“We hope to inspire other smaller companies to incorporate a philanthropy program into their work,” Kohlhardt added. “We are eager to help.”

The program can help residents identify alternative housing arrangements and connect them with services or financial help. Designed to provide short-term help without ongoing case management, it can offer services including referral to eviction prevention and legal services, help reunifying with family, move-in assistance and, where necessary, flexible grants.

“We cannot build ourselves out of homelessness,” Mayor Mark Farrell said in a statement. “We need to invest in programs that prevent families and residents from falling into economic troubles they cannot escape from.”

Last year, 269 families and 488 adults were helped by the city’s move-in assistance program, which grants money to pay for security deposits for people who have found homes but lack the initial funds to acquire the space, according to City data.

The $400,000 grant will be included in the Mayor’s budget and the Problem Solving assistance program will be phased in across all programs within the Homelessness and Supportive Housing department, according to the Mayor’s office.

This story has been revised to add an updated quote from Gliffy.

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