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Tech Startup HandUp is going high tech to tackle homelessness

Paris Marron

Tech startup and B-Corp HandUp ( has launched a pilot in San Francisco to allow users to donate money to a homeless (or at-risk for homelessness) individual using text or mobile app or web, and distributes money to homeless in a way that makes sure it is spent on basics (food, clothing, medical expenses, toiletries, cell phone charger) and not drugs, alcohol, etc.

It also hopes to allow donors (if they want) to follow progress of the person they donate to.

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  • Paris Marron

    What do all of you think? Is this something that you might donate through?

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      I have mixed feelings about this. While I love the idea, but I think that the process of getting donations to homeless people could be really difficult- and I wonder how much would end up actually getting to them. While I think it's smart, I wonder how she streamlines this.