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Homeless people describe life outside Airbnb headquarters

Five tiny homeless encampments dot two sides of the San Francisco headquarters of Airbnb. The inhabitants appear to be outsiders in every sense. Out on the streets. Out of the city’s economic boom. Out of luck.

from The Guardian US
Airbnb, the Silicon Valley poster child, was valued at $10bn last year, but in a nearby area near Airbnb headquarters a community of homeless people tell a different tale as none of those interviewed had heard of Airbnb even though the four-storey office, a 72,000-square-foot converted warehouse, dominates this section of the SoMa district.

They did not know the company's motto – 'We believe in a world where all seven billion of us can belong anywhere' – was a poster child of Silicon Valley's vaunted 'sharing economy', with more than 1 million homes listed worldwide.
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HandUp - Social start-up gives homeless people a helping hand

BBC News - 5th July, 2015
Richard Taylor reports
For some in San Francisco the tech boom has brought wealth, but the city also has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the United States. Hand Up is trying to help by linking linking donors directly to the homeless who need support.
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For more on HandUp, visit their website

Berkeley council postpones street behavior proposal

1st July, 2015 - Berkeleyside
By Emilie Raguso
“The Berkeley City Council voted early Wednesday morning to postpone consideration of a new set of laws designed to curb problematic street behavior.
The vote came around 1 a.m. after council spent the bulk of its June 30 meeting discussing the city’s biennial budget, which needs to be adopted this month. No public comment on the street behavior proposal, which came up for discussion at about 12:45 a.m., took place.”

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Ordinances aimed at Berkeley homeless tabled at City Council meeting

30th June, 2015 - KTVU
By Ken Pritchett, Reporter
“These ordinances that they’re planning to vote on would essentially criminalize the very presence of people who are homeless on the streets of Berkeley,” said Attorney Osha Numann with the East Bay Community Law Center.

City considers new recommendations on homelessness

23rd June, 2015 - Berkeleyside
By Francesca Paris
On Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council is set to consider new recommendations that would focus the city’s approach to homelessness on supportive services and, in particular, housing.
Berkeley Homeless Task Force — initiated by Councilman Jesse Arreguín in 2013 — that proposes a series of immediate and longer term recommendations for the city in its efforts to end homelessness. The task force has been meeting under the leadership of Genevieve Wilson and David Stegman since August 2013.

Berkeley City Council restores funds for community’s homeless, children, youth services

10th June, 2015 - The Daily Californian
By Yuka Koshino
The City Council restored funds to a number of South Berkeley nonprofits and homeless services Tuesday after proposed cuts drew criticism from many members of the public.

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