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Amid crisis, San Francisco using data to track homeless

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco is turning to big data to help ease its homeless crisis.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/2wxbfqK ) that the city has been quietly crafting a system to closely track every homeless man, woman and child.

The purpose is two-fold: to tailor housing, rehabilitation and other services to them, but also to eliminate wasteful duplication of those efforts.

The idea is that homelessness counselors and people running shelters would be able to quickly access health, housing, jail and counseling information for each homeless person.

That information would allow them to determine appropriate services.

The rollout of what’s been dubbed the One System began last month.

Eventually the city hopes to see a drop in the number of homeless people and less mess on the streets.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com