The homeless population are given personalised business cards, which comprise of their names and their basic needs, ranging from a need for dental care to clothes and toys for their children and food. Donations can be redeemed through Project Homeless Connect in exchange for these necessities.
Handup is an interesting way to help provide the basic needs of the homeless community of San Francisco, whilst at the same time allowing the donor understand the common issues leading to homelessness. The crowd-funding aspect, however, enables people to choose which person to donate money to, forcing the homeless to essentially market themselves to potential donors. Is that what we want?