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The Weird Redemption of SF’s Most Reviled Tech Bro


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Political naivete amuses me... he genuinely believed that the people spending $214M/yr on ~6000 homeless in SF actually wanted to help those people.

That spending is outrageous. But I thought this was inspiring:

He soon stumbled on a nonprofit that wowed him with its results: the Downtown Streets Team. Based in Palo Alto, it was started by former Napster CEO Eileen Richardson, who thought she’d maximize a six-month sabbatical by solving homelessness and shipping the solution across the land like an elegant bit of software.

That was a decade ago.

Since then, Richardson’s organization has honed a system of setting the homeless to work cleaning the streets, teaching them accountability, teamwork, and confidence while building their resumes along the way. At weekly team meetings, staffers and workers cheer their successes with an ecclesiastic vibe. And it is working — nearly 500 of the workers have been permanently housed, and 422 have gotten a job they kept for at least 90 days.

Not bad. 

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