San Francisco rolls out system to track homeless people

Officials believe big data can help with the homeless situation.

    2019/02/06

NSFW    Police State

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco has been designing a system over the past two years to track every homeless person in the city, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The goal of the digital program called ONE System is to collect and sort information in order to tailor housing needs, rehabilitation and other services in order to cut down on costly, wasteful duplication efforts.
According to Bloomberg, the $5 million 50-employee pilot program began in August.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, by typing in a homeless person's name, information about every health, housing, jail and counseling program that person has ever been involved in will come up instantly.
ONE System was designed by Nevada startup BitFocus Inc., and collects data from 15 city and state agencies, according to Bloomberg.
Participants are asked 17 questions that help determine their individual situation, including time spent on the street, health and vulnerability.
The program has so far signed up around 1,000 people, with the goal of registering 2,000 by the end of October. The city's homeless count currently sits at 7,499, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
However, in the five months since the program started, only 20 people have been placed in permanent housing, and 50 more have been helped off the streets through counseling and contact with family and friends.
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