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An App Tries to Find Beds for The Homeless

The epicenter of innovation is turning to software to help the most vulnerable get off the streets
A room at the Minna Lee, one of 13 supportive housing sites where ECS provides programs and services

On paper, it looks as if San Francisco shouldn’t have a homelessness problem. There are as many permanent housing beds as people who need them. The city spends hundreds of millions of dollars to help get people off the streets, and last year voters approved a measure to raise $300 million annually to tackle the issue by taxing local companies. Yet there are about 7,500 homeless in the city because of soaring rents and the difficulty of treating substance abuse, mental illness, and other health concerns.

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