San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Friday announced a new public-private partnership to construct new housing for formerly homeless veterans and families in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood.
The city's partnership with sf.citi, chaired by Conway, will leverage the $5 million to accelerate the planned affordable housing project and bolster on-site social services for families and veterans in need, according to the mayor's office.
Lee said that the funds donated by Benioff, Conway and others, will advance the construction of the $48 million housing project by about a year.
Conway said when he realized how much this public-private partnership would be able to accomplish, he immediately agreed to donate funds.
"That's the best investment a tech investor can ever make," Conway said today.
Benioff agreed with the mayor and Conway, explaining that he is happy to see San Francisco leading the way on ending homelessness.
"We are doing something for those in our city who have given so much for our country and deserve our deepest help," Benioff said today.
Benioff said the decision to give to the "men and women who risked their lives for our freedom" was an easy one.
He expressed his frustration, saying that it's "just not acceptable" that nearly 50,000 homeless veterans are living on the streets on any given night around the country.
Benioff said "this is a problem we can solve," explaining that VetForce, launched by the Salesforce Foundation last year, aims to help veterans attain fulfilling careers through access to training, opportunities and jobs.
All veterans in the new apartment building will have access to VetForce and the employment opportunities it can provide to them.
Rick Waltz of the Golden Gate Warriors, said the Warriors are also happy to donate funds to the construction of the new housing units.