An art card, given to donors making contactless payments to homeless charities by the company TAP London in London, United Kingdom on January 4, 2018. Thomson Reuter Foundation / Cormac O'Brien
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Two pounds goes toward Liam's wages; the other pound is donated to two homeless charities.Tapping into the increasing use of contactless payments for everything from commuting to rounds of drinks, social enterprise TAP London is offering work for the homeless as charity fundraisers, all without any cash changing hands.Homelessness is on the rise in England, with at least 4,100 people sleeping rough on any given night in 2016, according to the homeless charity Crisis.All of TAP London's vendors are homeless, and telling their personal stories often succeeds in persuading people to donate.The idea for the social enterprise came after TAP co-founder Polly Gilbert tried to donate food to a homeless man one evening.Gilbert and Whitlock quit their advertising jobs and spent a year researching contactless payment options and homelessness, meeting charities and local government councils before launching TAP London in November.Now being paid 9.75 pounds an hour, the "living wage" in London, Viktor is able to stay in a night shelter that only takes residents who are working.
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