A Virginia city issued a warning to motorists last month to not give money directly to panhandlers who they believe are homeless.
Coincidentally, across the country in San Francisco where escalating and astronomically-priced housing would drive people onto the streets, a homeless service StartUp hosted a launch of a homeless gift card initiative.
HandUp unveiled the availability of $25 HandUp Gift Cards as a way to more conveniently give to the homeless population with trust the donation will go to much needed services and not booze or drugs.
The start up started as a crowdfunding site for homelessness donations. It has since funneled the money collected onto $25 HandUp gift cards. HandUp partnered up with San Francisco-based Project Homeless Connect which offers sites where the cards can be “cashed” in exchange for food or other sustenance goods.
HandUp has raised close to $900,000 dollars from small to large contributors and investors including Jason Calacanis, Marc Benioff, Eric Ries and SV Angel.
It’s a great idea that should expand to other areas of the country.
photo: courtesy Daily Dot