HandUp, A Startup Combatting Homelessness, Is Setting An Example For The Tech Industry

In collaborative efforts with the Project Homeless Connect, Handup, a startup combating homelessness, has been overseeing outreach days in San Francisco, wherein government officials as well as employees from big corporations such as Dropbox have contributed. The signature event normally begins with participants being separated into groups of five people, after which they are assigned a community advocate to direct them into the city’s downtown areas where they can be of help to the homeless. Every partaker carries with him/her a hygiene package constituting shampoo, deodorant, soap, a toothpaste, a toothbrush, pairs of socks, plus a flyer showing where the subjects can get valuable services including Medi-Cal, dental and vision aid and employment assistance. Additionally, each volunteer is given 2 $25 Handup gift cards to distribute, and these serve as coupons by which the subjects can acquire food and other products at Project Homeless Connect. Handup has so far raised a six figure dollar sum in venture capital, and it intends to scale up to other cities in the US.





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