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Facebook to build housing in Silicon Valley

  • WRITER: REUTERS

Architectural rendering of Facebook’s proposed Willow Campus is seen in Menlo Park, California. (Facebook/Handout via Reuters photo)

SAN FRANCISCO - The shortage of housing in California's Silicon Valley has gotten so severe that Facebook Inc on Friday proposed taking homebuilding into its own hands for the first time with a plan to construct 1,500 units near its headquarters.

The growth of Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google and other tech companies has strained neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay area that were not prepared for an influx of tens of thousands of workers during the past decade. Home prices and commute times have risen.

Tech companies have responded with measures such as internet-equipped buses for employees with long commutes. Facebook has offered at least US$10,000 in incentives to workers who move closer to its offices.

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