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Homeless evictions near future site of Zuckerberg-funded school spark protest

November 17, 2017

By Alastair Gee in East Palo Alto : guardian – excerpt

Foundation launched by Facebook founder and his wife says it had nothing to do with evictions near planned private school for low-income students..

Residents of a Silicon Valley city protested on Wednesday as officials evicted homeless families and others living in RVs from their parking spots over public health concerns.

The location of the showdown was suggestive: next to the future site of a private school for low-income students that receives funding from a philanthropic initiative by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.

Schoolchildren living in the vehicles were among those evicted and the outcry highlighted the profound poverty in the local school district, which includes the Facebook campus in its catchment area.

Homelessness in Silicon Valley is deeply intertwined with the technology boom and the real estate crunch that has ensued. The foundation said it had nothing to do with the RV removals, and construction was still more than a year away…(more)

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