Homeis intends to help immigrants living in foreign cities connect and share advice

The question, “Where are you from?” does not always have an easy answer—especially for those of us who are born in a different country but also consider the United States home. The new social network Homeis wants to be a safe haven for urban dwellers who have ever felt this way. The app is intended for foreign-born people who live in a city but also come from a different, distinct culture and place that is intrinsically tied to their identity as well.

Homeis was created so local immigrant communities can come together digitally, sharing an understanding of their culture and their local knowledge. Being a Homeis member allows people who share a unique experience to support one another and provide any necessary information. This may be as simple as asking someone in your community where they go to send packages or recommending local places to eat.

Undeniably, there are plenty of online platforms out there seeking to connect people. However, co-founder Ran Harnevo believes his platform will be different because Homeis connects people within a specific geographic area, making it easier to meet in person and share advice about living in a specific city. He acknowledges that local culture networks have existed since the beginning of immigration, but the platform wants to specifically take advantage of technology to make these communities more visible to each other and to everyone else.

The first version of the app is aimed at Israelis who live in New York, an understandable move because Harnevo was born in Israel and moved to New York City as an adult. His next plan is to create a community for French immigrants, followed by one for Indian immigrants. He also wants to expand to other cities around the world, such as Toronto and London—making it easier for immigrants in any city to also feel more at home.

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The question, “Where are you from?” does not always have an easy answer—especially for those of us who are born in a different country but also consider the United States home. The new social network Homeis wants to be a safe haven for urban dwellers who have ever felt this way. The app is intended for foreign-born people who live in a city but also come from a different, distinct culture and place that is intrinsically tied to their identity as well.

Homeis was created so local immigrant communities can come together digitally, sharing an understanding of their culture and their local knowledge. Being a Homeis member allows people who share a unique experience to support one another and provide any necessary information. This may be as simple as asking someone in your community where they go to send packages or recommending local places to eat.