Blockchain Service Creates Digital Identities For Homeless New Yorkers
Blockchain for Change helps homeless people connect to the services they need with a digital identity in its Fummi app
Blockchain for Change, a New York startup, will give homeless people free smartphones with Fummi—an app that can serve as their digital identity. Through a partnership with Life Wireless, homeless New Yorkers will get phones and access to financial and government services through the Fummi app.
The app will connect people to shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries and other financial services they might need. Further, the app will help users keep track of their activities—such as how much they spend on showers or clothes—to help them reach their financial goals.
Fummi helps the homeless find the services they are entitled to but often have trouble accessing. It also serves as a digital wallet that can hold dollars as well as Change Coin, the cryptocurrency in the app. Users can get more coins by using the app for services. The coins are redeemable, and people may opt to use them for phone or data credits.
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