Shanghai Rescue Station uses advanced technologies to help locate the families of the homeless and mentally ill people it rescues every year, including seniors and children. And it's working; read how DNA testing helped reunite a daughter with her 70-year-old father after he'd been missing 20 years.
It's a story about the power of social media, of community and of compassion. But it started with one woman who befriended a homeless man on a street corner in a Texas town and changed his life forever.
One downside to a cashless society is that it's more difficult to help out a homeless person. To counter that, a Dutch ad agency designed a warm winter coat with a built-in terminal that people simply tap with a contactless payment card to donate a euro. A prototype is currently being tested, with early feedback reportedly positive.
With the GiveSafe app on a smartphone, people walking the streets of Seattle can read the stories of homeless people they pass by and, if they wish, make a safe, cashless donation to help meet the person's needs – groceries, bus fare, maybe a haircut.
The nation may be focused on who will occupy the White House next year, but there's another kind of housing issue on Nov. 8 ballots. In cities and counties across the country, voters will be asked to reach into their pockets to help pay for more low-income housing. Click for a quick look at some of the proposals.
A veteran New York City social worker told a Smart Cities Week audience that homelessness is like a bus route to a shelter -- there are many stops along the way. Learn how data analytics is helping more people avoid the stop at the shelter or get a ticket to permanent housing.
Dundee, Scotland is a UNESCO City of Design and as such has launched a competition to find a digital design solution that will fundamentally improve the lives of those dealing with homelessness on a daily basis.
Buffalo, NY-based Hearts for the Homeless has fed and clothed the community's homeless and poor since 1990. With new technology and powerful data, today the nonprofit is able to streamline its operations.
There's not often a lot of good news on the homeless front, but here's a figure to celebrate: Since 2010, the number of homeless vets in the U.S. has dropped 47% -- and 17% of that came in the past year. Find out what's working -- and get tools and benchmarks to help house homeless vets in your city.