We forgive you if you’re feeling a bit confused.
GoFundMe, the company, just donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe campaign set up to both counter and troll yet another GoFundMe campaign. But wait, it gets even weirder. In this convoluted battle of the GoFundMes, the tech company comes down on the humane side.
Welcome to San Francisco, 2019, where nothing makes sense, but you can still count on the city to collectively thumb its nose at some cartoonishly awful jerks.
According to SF Weekly, this all started with a group of wealthy San Francisco residents uniting to oppose the construction of a Navigation Center — think of it as a more comprehensive homeless shelter that offers services and counseling as well as a place to sleep — in their mostly fancy neighborhood. Read more…
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s latest tweet is yet another example of how money influences politics. This time she focused on how lobbyists pay people, including those experiencing homelessness, to hold their place in line outside committee hearings…
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In a tweet this morning, Amazon founder (and the world’s richest man) Jeff Bezos announced that he and his wife were creating a $2 billion fund to finance a network of nonprofit preschools and donate funds to organizations helping homeless families. “The Day 1 Families Fund will issue annual leadership awards to organizations and civic […]
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You might know Pearl Jam as the world’s most famous grunge band, or the soundtrack of your adolescent angst, or a group of talented yet totally reluctant rock stars. But Pearl Jam is also famous for taking a stand — and it’s doing exactly that in Seattle this week.
The group is currently leveraging its star power to draw attention to the city’s homelessness crisis. With a pair of benefit concerts dubbed the Home Shows, a day of volunteerism between the performances on Aug. 8 and 10, and a successful effort to raise at least $10 million for the community, advocates say Pearl Jam has galvanized Seattleites in unprecedented ways. Read more…
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View More Pearl Jam’s benefit concerts will do more than just raise millions for Seattle homelessness crisis
It probably isn’t what the bride and groom had planned for their big day.
But one man’s tweet about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and homelessness has snowballed into a national debate. And it threatens to play itself out on the very, very international stage of the royal wedding.
So as it stands now, in attendance at the wedding will be 1,200 members of the public and 1,440 others — and potentially thousands of activists hoping to draw attention to the issue of homelessness.
It all started when Simon Dudley, the Conservative councillor for the area that includes Windsor Castle (the venue for said wedding), tweeted that the police should “deal with” rough sleepers in the area ahead of the #RoyalWedding on 19 May. He followed up with tweets and replies saying he believes that some people are “choosing” to beg on the streets and aren’t involuntarily homeless. Read more…
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San Francisco’s housing crisis is painfully obvious with a homeless population of 7,499 people, according to a 2017 homeless census and survey. People lose their homes for a variety of reasons — job losses, wrongful evictions, excessive rent hikes and so forth. What sometimes prevents people from finding a new home is a lack of available […]
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While the vagaries of the cryptocurrency markets are keeping crypto traders glued to their CoinDesk graphs, the real potential of blockchain is its capability to solve real human challenges in a decentralized, private, and secure way. Government officials have increasingly investigated how blockchain might solve critical problems, but now one city intends to move forward […]
View More Austin is piloting blockchain to improve homeless services
Long gone are the days of Girl Scouts having to go door-to-door to sell their legendary cookies.
View More Homeless Girl Scouts aim to sell 6,000 boxes of cookies in New York City
Troop 6000, a troop exclusively for homeless Girl Scouts in New York City, recently set up shop in the city’s Union Square. They’re aiming to sell a reco…
Homelessness in Santa Clara County has gotten worse, with the overall homeless population increasing 13 percent to 7,394 in 2017 over the course of two years. That puts Santa Clara’s homelessness crisis in the same ballpark as San Francisco’s, which has a homeless population of 7,499, according to a 2017 homeless census and survey. Santa […]
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People have been leaving hats, gloves, and scarves out for the homeless to help them stay warm during the current snap of cold weather sweeping Britain.
View More People are leaving out hats and gloves to help the homeless stay warm
The annual campaign involves people leaving items of clothing tied to posts and railings with a n…
Valentine’s Day might suck for single people, but for some, it’s an opportunity to share a little bit of love.
View More Former homeless man hands out roses for Valentine’s Day, because it makes people happy
Like for a formerly homeless man named Cameron, who pledged to hand out roses to people at Nobby Beach, on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Is it worse if a robot instead of a human is used to deter the homeless from setting up camp outside places of business?
One such bot cop recently took over the outside of the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and pet adoption clinic in the city’s Mission district, to deter homeless people from hanging out there — causing some people to get very upset.
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