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.
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.
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.