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Rex Hohlbein’s method of using social media to get tents, clothing, car repair and other needs to Seattle’s homeless is catching on in other cities.

On a rainy August day, Rex Hohlbein approached a man sleeping in a shopping cart outside his architecture office and invited him in. “I said, ‘When you wake up, and if you want to, you can come in to that grey house and get a cup of tea,’” Hohlbein recalls.

The man … took him up on the offer, and as he dried out, he started showing Hohlbein the art he was working on—a children’s book and some large oil paintings. Impressed, Hohlbein told [him] he could store his art supplies in the shed out back and sleep there too. He even offered to set up a Facebook page, to help the artist spread the word about his work.

People in Seattle bought his paintings and started comissioning new ones. The next January, out of nowhere came a message from a teenager in Pittsburgh. She had searched his name in Google, the Facebook page had come up, and she was pretty sure [he] was her father … READ MORE —>  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-stirring-portraits-put-face-on-homelessness-180955495/#VgDazzY3oPuLm1M2.99

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