Mini City is a compassionate, community-driven tech resource hub that partners with municipalities and NGOs to quickly secure ID for the homeless utilizing a tablet based solution. It is an Android based software solution that includes: Identification Services, Vital Record Services, a Goal Tracker, Employment Profile and Success Metrics. Our core focus is obtaining legal forms of identification. As lack of ID prevents the homeless from obtaining services such as TANF, SSI, Medicaid, housing, and more. We are solving a much-needed obstacle on the path out of homelessness. All of our services are securely housed within our encrypted database, a secure admin portal and a tablet kiosk, which is HIPPA compliant to the National Institute of Science + Technology Cyber Security Framework. As you can imagine, during this global pandemic the need for access to government benefits is greatly exacerbated. Identification was greatly needed by the vulnerable to unlock benefits, but during (and post COVID) the need became life critical.
A US study found, of the homeless without ID:
- 51.1% were denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
- 30.6% were denied Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) benefits
- 53.1% were denied food stamps
- 54.1% were denied access to shelters or housing services
- 45.1% were denied access to Medicaid or medical services
Lacking photo ID can also lead to problems with law enforcement, with 59.8% of respondents reporting that they experienced harassment or arrest when they could not produce an ID. Another 8% said that police confiscated their ID. (Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty)