Apple celebrates the opening of ‘Veteran Square’ in California, a housing project part of its $2.5 billion commitment

In a new article, Apple has celebrated the opening of ‘Veterans Square’, a 30-unit housing complex in Pittsburg, California for veterans and individuals who are identified as “having the greatest need for housing.” The building is part of the tech giant’s multi-billion dollar commitment.

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To resolve the housing crisis in California, United States, Apple committed $2.5 billion to fund affordable housing projects and homeowner assistance programs over multiple years.

In 2020, the company allocated more than $400 million and in 2021, the budget was increased to $1 billion for the development and construction of new housing, providing assistance to first-time homebuyers, and expansion of programs to reduce homelessness in partnership with Destination: Home, the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), and Housing Trust Silicon Valley, a community development financial institution (CDFI).

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Apple’s new housing project is now home to veterans and individuals who are identified as “having the greatest need for housing”

In partnership with Apple, CDFI built the Veterans Square building which is now home to an 85 years old J.C. a Navy veteran who served the country for 20 years as an aircraft mechanic. Before living in Veterans Square, J.C. was living with a family friend under a soon-to-expire arrangement.

“I didn’t know if I was going to get in, so I prayed about it,” J.C. says. “I love my apartment. They even put me on the first floor because it’s easier with my walker. That meant a lot to me.”

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The project has given the 60 years old, Tonia an apartment that is her own. Before moving into Veteran Square in March, Tonia was living in a hotel as part of a program that provides shelter to those individuals who are waiting for housing and more importantly, helps them stay off the streets.

“It’s home,” she says, looking around with pride. “I have neighbors, and we look out for each other — I have a friend here who will come with me to get groceries and help me carry them back. And Marcus is amazing.”

Proud of the housing unit and its impact on people’s lives, Apple’s vice president for Global Real Estate and Facilities, Kristina Raspe said:

“We’re incredibly proud to see families and neighbors moving into new homes as a result of our partnership with affordable housing organizations across California. Apple is committed to finding real solutions that can help our communities thrive, and these new projects represent tangible progress toward making that promise a reality for so many of our fellow Californians.”

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