Tech companies help the homeless

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Tech Companies Help the Homeless
Technology companies in California are trying to engage in the communities they inhabit, by helping the homeless.

Zendesk, a company based in the San Francisco area, regularly organizes tours guided by the homeless. The motive: to increase awareness of the community in which they operate.

Innovations in community service have been fostered by the tech companies in the bay area. For example: LavaMae is a recently converted bus that houses 2 facilities for the homeless to shower.

The division between the homeless and the tech community has become increasingly pronounced by the rising rent and evictions in San Francisco. As more and more companies relocate to the area, it will be important for these businesses to give back to the communities in which they operate.

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Tech companies help the homeless
People walk along a thrash-lined trail at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp must be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A sign in support of The Jungle is posted at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp, known as The Jungle, must be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Police and city officials look into a makeshift home built underground at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
People walk along a thrash-lined trail at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp must be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A resident peeks out from inside a trailer after receiving an order to move at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp must be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
San Jose police officer Eduardo Sandoval looks inside a makeshift tent as notices to move are handed out at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp must be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Carlos Tovar, a contractor in charge of cleanup, left, hands out a warning notice to a resident of the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp must be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Police officers and city officials hand out warning notices at a Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp, known as The Jungle, must be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Robert Aguirre, a resident at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, shows a notice asking him to move Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp, known as The Jungle, must be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology Debris and trash is scattered around an empty tent at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A woman drinks a beer during a rainstorm at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology The words 'welcome to the jungle' are inscribed on the post of a flooded dwelling at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A man rides along a muddy path carrying his belongings at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A pair of blue jeans are used as a door mat at the entrance to a dwelling in the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology Lilly Mei walks with a newly found knife and shoe at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology Lilly Mei pauses for a photo after sifting through a pile of shoes at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A sign is posted near a trash-lined path at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology Wielding a newly found knife, Lilly Mei sifts through a shopping cart at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A man who declined to give his name walks with belongings at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A tree house is seen at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A tree house is seen at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A sign posted renames an area 'Hush Park' at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A house covered in wrapping paper with a cardboard chimney is seen at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology An empty underground dwelling is seen at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A man who only goes by the name David gulps down a drink at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A sign from the city of San Jose is posted is posted at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A shirt with a morale-boosting message is placed atop mud and debris at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology An unidentified person walks along a muddy path at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-Poverty-Homeless-Technology A man pushes a cart filled with debris at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown have been given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of have nowhere else to go. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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