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30% to 40% of D.C’s homeless use cellphones

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009

Nokia 7510 Supernova phoneWhen you think about the homeless, you likely think about wool blankets, shopping carts and cardboard box shelters. Add the cell phone to that list. According to advocates who work with the district’s homeless, the proportion of homeless people who own and use a cellphone is 30% to 40%.

It seems bizarre, but the gadget once considered a luxury, is now being used by the homeless to keep up with food stamp programs, housing applications and checking emails. There’s also the obvious need for the 911 feature. It makes sense, as a pay as you go phone with 200 minutes can cost about $20 or $30. It’s a lifeline.

Give the homeless a cart & let them sleep in it

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2008

Give the homeless a cart & let them sleep in it
You know the old saying, If you can’t beat ’em join ’em? Apparently this Shelter Cart concept by Gregor Timlin is a lot like that, If you can’t solve the problem at least give them a cart to collect recyclable cans and sleep in. The problem being homelessness. The goal of the project was to design a tool for those homeless people who collect cans and bottles and make money by taking them to the recycling plant.

The idea was that it would raise awareness regarding the homeless issue. And it’s a brilliant design too, allowing them to collect by day and sleep at night. Though it does seem counterproductive to focus on something like this while the main problem of homelessness remains.