Twitter announces educational project for low-income and homeless SF residents 

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Twitter has announced a partnership with Compass Family Services, a San Francisco non-profit, to provide educational workshops to local homeless and low-income families.

The project, called the Twitter Neighborhood Nest, will be staffed by Twitter employees who choose to volunteer and will offer technology-based classes to families referred by Compass Family Services and other non-profits.

The Neighborhood Nest is expected to open in the summer of 2015 in the mid-Market area. It will provide families with access to computers, WiFi and educational software.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo says, "Twitter is taking on the challenging and complex issues that exist right in our neighborhood by actively partnering with the organizations doing direct service. Our goal is that the Twitter Neighborhood Nest is a safe and nurturing place supporting homeless kids and their families."

Costolo will officially announce the project tonight at the centennial anniversary gala for Compass Family Services. Twitter has made financial donations to Compass in the past, as well as donations of computers and other equipment. Twitter says it also plans to have employees volunteer at Compass Clara House, a transitional family housing program, where they will provide tutoring and technical support.

“We opened our childcare center in the Tenderloin to help children and families more than 40 years ago," says Compass Executive Director Erica Kisch. "To meet the needs of these struggling families today, we must address the impact of the digital divide. This initiative with Twitter will go a long way toward doing just that.”

The charitable work is mandated through Twitter's tax arrangement with The City. Twitter's community benefits agreement requires that the company contribute to the mid-Market neighborhood in exchange for a break in city payroll taxes.

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