>> So it's now incredibly safe and quick to help a homeless person to train up and get into work.>> It's called Beam, and it wants to help solve the UK's homeless crisis through crowdfunding, where small amounts of money are raised from a large number of people. A recent report by Homeless Charities Shelter, estimates more than 3,000 people are homeless in Britain, a jump of over 13,000 in one year.
Founder and CEO Alex Stephanie, explains how Beam hopes to fight that.>> We make a donation to an individual's campaign. That campaign funding is split between employment training and any other costs that individual might need. It might be as large as child care for a single parent, or it might be as small as a hard hat.
And Beam looks after all of these funds on your behalf.>> Beam's score is to get homeless people and unstable employment, Tony is one of it's pilot members. And in less than a month, he's campaigned to become a fully trained electrician, raised over 4,000 pounds from 136 supporters, mostly strangers.
>> I was touched and very surprised.>> He had funded his own initial training, but was struggling to come up with the cash for the final stage. He's now joined a course at a local training facility, and says Bieam provided the practical help to get there.>> There's a lot of talking, but no action's getting done.
And that's the difference I think with Beam, things happened very quickly.>> A member manager comes up with a plan and budget, meaning potential sponsors can see exactly where their money is going. It's founders says their transparency is what separates Beam from traditional begging, and that it's helping a homeless person for the long term.
>> It's how can we take a small amount of money and do something so much more powerful than just give it to someone. How can we actually make a really smart investment in that individuals future?