Apple Pledges More Than $400 Million Towards Affordable Housing Initiatives in California This Year

Apple today announced that it is allocating more than $400 million toward affordable housing projects and homeowner assistance programs in California this year, as part of the company's multiyear $2.5 billion commitment to combat the housing crisis in the state.

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Apple says the funding will support thousands of Californians with first-time homebuyer assistance or new affordable housing units.

In November 2019, Apple committed $2.5 billion to combat the housing crisis in California across a series of initiatives over several years, including:

  • A $1 billion affordable housing investment fund with the state of California.
  • A $1 billion first-time homebuyer mortgage assistance fund, with increased funding opportunities for essential services personnel, school employees, and veterans.
  • $300 million in Apple-owned land made available for affordable housing.
  • A $150 million Bay Area housing fund, in public-private partnership with Housing Trust Silicon Valley.
  • $50 million to support Destination: Home's efforts to address homelessness in Silicon Valley.

"As cities and states have been forced to pause many of their long-term affordable housing investments amidst the current public health crisis, Apple is proud to continue moving forward with our comprehensive plan to combat the housing crisis in California," said Kristina Raspe, Apple's vice president for Global Real Estate and Facilities.

Top Rated Comments

smallcoffee Avatar
11 months ago
I appreciate the sentiment, but I don't like the idea of corporations trying to solve public policy problems. Where is the state of California in this?

There are also a few issues that come to light that aren't being addressed by this action:

* Continued construction of suburb-style developments versus walkable towns and villages
* Influx of residents to California as a desirable location to live
* Lack of effective public policies in the state of California to address these issues (Prop-13, etc.)
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
planteater Avatar
11 months ago

Guess I must’ve arrived too early, I was expecting this comment section to already be filled with “Tim Crook is ruining this company.”
And “Apple’s becoming a part of the radical left.”
“Steve wouldn’t have wasted Apple’s money on BS like this.”
And my personal favorite... “ maybe they should keep business and politics separate.”
Congratulations, that makes you the first then.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CausticSoda Avatar
11 months ago
This is an ideal job for Jony Ive. Build them thinner.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TiggrToo Avatar
11 months ago

As a shareholder, how does this initiative maximize shareholder value? I get it can create goodwill in the human sense but can it create such in the financial sense?
Does it have to?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rjohnstone Avatar
11 months ago
The California way. Throw money at the problem instead of dealing with the cause directly.
CA has had a net loss of tax payers over the years, but has increased taxes every year to cover CA’s ever growing budget demands. So the tax burden per resident is becoming untenable.
CA claims to have budget surpluses, but their unfunded liabilities are insane.
Then you have housing costs. CA severely limits construction of new housing. This drives prices of existing houses through the roof. People buying houses via two mortgages is pretty common. Anywhere relatively close to the coast in So Cal and you’re looking at $750k+ for a 1,200 Sqft. 2 bedroom house. Go north and it isn’t any better.
I love going to CA. Used to take 3-4 vacations a year there. It’s like my second home. Pacific Grove is fantastic. But I’ll never live there. Too expensive.
We have a running joke about PG. You can’t buy a 900 Sqft lean-too for less than a million. We’ve met many people that have lived there for decades. Paid $50k-$60k for their houses back in the late 70’s that are now wroth $4-$5 million.
No new construction permits are issued. The land is there, but only remodel permits of existing property are issued and those take a year plus to get approved.
Money alone isn’t going to solve it, and if CA government is involved, most of the money will get directed to some politicians “preferred vendor” or get eaten up by “administrative fees”.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
x-evil-x Avatar
11 months ago



If I was a young college graduate these houses would be quite appealing.
these look appealing to me at almost 40... Much better than a typical apartment. Doubt they will be anything like this these look expensive.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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