A new crowdfunding platform has been set up to help homeless people pay for job skills and training.
Beam lets people donate money securely to fund specific employment qualifications for homeless people.
It is the brainwave of tech entrepreneur Alex Stephany, who wanted to help tackle the growing problem of homelessness.
He told Sky News: "The question I asked originally was why can I not take a couple of pounds in my pocket and do something smarter and more long-term to help someone than just buying them a coffee."
Each homeless person on Beam, or member as they are known, has to show potential to succeed in training and work.
They are helped to find the right training courses, and Beam sets them up with a fundraising page.
The website went live in September and it has already helped nine people reach their fundraising targets.
One of the first to be funded was Tony Elie, from east London, Beam raised £4,378 to pay for his City and Guilds electrician qualification.
After ten years living in hostels, which made him "lose enthusiasm for life", Mr Elie says things are finally looking up.
"Basically I feel unstoppable now because I know where I'm going, the training's ongoing and I know what's ahead of me," he said.
"Things are looking really fantastic."
Beam's website is simple to use, and includes pictures and profiles of all members, including how they ended up homeless.
It also itemises where the money will be spent so people can see exactly what they're paying for.
Mr Stephany believes the website helps create a connection between the user and the homeless person.
He said: "Crowdfunding has never really been used to its full potential to tackle homelessness as a problem and what we've built is a model that allows anyone to give responsibly to help a homeless person to leave homelessness for good."
Beam members are all recommended by support workers from homeless charities like Thames Reach.
Chief executive Jeremy Swain says it is a brilliant new way of positively helping the homeless.
"We can see the impact on those individuals and the way it's changing their lives, we're getting people into work which is exactly what we need to be doing," he told Sky News.
"Every homelessness charity should be not only getting people into accommodation but getting them into work too."
Mr Elie says 2018 could be the year he moves into his own home, something he's long dreamed about.
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"It's made such a difference to me," he said.
"It's given me some ambition and I've just got the drive to succeed now to hurry up and get out of a hostel and get my accommodation and get on the ladder in the work environment."