NYC Map the Homeless is an app that allows New Yorkers to take photos of homeless people and pin them to a Google map, letting other users of the app click on and view them. The app allows users to add descriptive hashtags that can inform others.
This app could be used to avoid specific homeless persons who may have a record of threatening behavior. It could also be used by volunteers and social workers -- or indeed warm-hearted regular citizens -- to address specific needs of homeless individuals.
In addition to helping skittish citizens avoid unwanted encounters and assisting the charitable in seeking out homeless people to buy a meal or coffee for or donate some old clothes to, the NYC Map the Homeless app could be used to help authorities and the public identify patterns on homelessness, which could be used to inform remedial action to reduce the city's homelessness crisis.
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