Tech’s concern for the homeless

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Welcome to the newest episode of TechCrunch Mixtape with Megan Rose Dickey and myself. This week we speak about psychological sickness inside the homeless inhabitants, particularly how folks will help conditions which might be sometimes addressed by police.

Neil Shah, CEO of Concrn, joined us within the studio to speak in regards to the ups, downs and ups once more of main an app that lacks the attraction of many Silicon Valley upstarts.

Billed because the “compassionate different to 911,” Concrn permits customers to report a homeless one that is experiencing misery attributable to psychological sickness. Somewhat than involving 911, a name to Concrn will alert skilled workers who’re then dispatched to assist de-escalate the state of affairs, serving to to make sure their security — and hopefully maintain them out of the system.

“I began working in homeless providers; I began serving to folks get jobs,” Shah tells us. “And one of many issues I seen was that sure folks from the homeless group had been absolutely succesful — they simply wanted to get linked to providers, linked to job alternatives. Get some coaching.”

The corporate has skilled some rising pains in its comparatively brief life. It tried to associate with the San Francisco Police Division final fall, however the partnership by no means got here to fruition.

“We’re on pause [in San Francisco] and now we have been since December,” Shah says. “I used to be disheartened at first as a result of I felt like we failed in some methods there. However what I noticed extra is that for therefore many alternative components, SF really is just not a great place for us to function proper now.”

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So the corporate turned its consideration to the smaller metropolis throughout the bay.

“We really feel just like the Oakland group was far more open to one thing like this on the whole.”

Shah was additionally on a panel at Disrupt SF about making a lifeline in communities. Test it out beneath. And click on play above to take heed to this week’s episode.

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