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Tech companies have an obligation to join the fight against poverty, says Tipping Point CEO Daniel Lurie

The homeless situation in major U.S. cities is unacceptable, he says — and it is

Tipping Point CEO Daniel Lurie speaks from the audience at the “Revolution” town hall event. MSNBC
Shirin Ghaffary is a senior Vox correspondent covering the social media industry. Previously, Ghaffary worked at BuzzFeed News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and TechCrunch.

Tech companies bear responsibility for addressing homelessness, especially in wealthy regions such as San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles, said Tipping Point Community CEO and founder Daniel Lurie.

“What we’re seeing around the homeless situation here in San Francisco is unacceptable. We have 7,000 people that are homeless every night here in this city,” said Lurie, whose nonprofit organization pledged $100 million last May to reduce homelessness in that city over the next five years. “We can no longer just rely on government. We actually need the leadership of the Googles and the Amazons and the Apples.”

Lurie’s comments were part of “Revolution,” an ongoing televised town hall series examining tech’s impact on the future of work. The first episode with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was taped recently in San Francisco.

But not everyone made it into the final show that was aired on Sunday with Recode partner MSNBC, so watch Lurie’s comments below:

And watch the entire episode of “Revolution” here:

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