Sign in to the app from any device
Review personal identity information kept in MongoDB
Click to reveal identity documents
Share documents via Twilio SMS
Use our Compass plug-in to view documentation stored in the database
Person8 helps homeless youth restore and maintain their identity.
There are 8000 homeless individuals just in San Francisco, the second highest homeless density in the United States. A growing number of them are youth: One in ten young people in America experience some form of homelessness in the course of a year. Most have a mobile phone, typically being their primary computer device.
It is an anomaly to find a homeless person who has all their identity documents. To get them properly connected to homeless services, they need their birth certificates, social security cards, health insurance records, and other documents. Many homeless people don’t have those documents.
Person8 provides a digital footprint for homeless people that can’t be deleted, lost or stolen. It keeps a copy of their identity documents and other key information, hosted securely online so a missing phone won't become a crisis. The homeless will have access to their own records and have control over who can see it.
For homeless without a mobile device, their identity profile will also be accessible online, through for example public computers like those found at the libraries. A homeless service worker approaching someone on the street will be able to find their identity records without having to bring them into an office and locate a physical file folder.
Person8 hosted identity information is incorruptible and easy to access, stored in the cloud. Instead of paper identification documents, personal records can be encrypted and digitized. In addition to being securely stored, identity records would also be verifiable, activated by homeless individuals on mobile phones sharable via Twilio SMS.
Implementation with MongoDB Stitch and Atlas
The application applies mobile-first Material Design but is responsive to also provide a decent experience on any size computer display.
We developed a ImageViewer Compass plug-in to inspect documentation images stored in the database. The plug-in adds a tab to the Compass user interface with a pane showing all images in a collection:
To aid in development of such Compass plug-ins, we created a Dockerfile that provides all dependencies for building and compiling Compass plug-ins, including Khaos.
What's Next for Person8
We hope to raise funds for future development and set up a team at the San Francisco brigade of Code for America. We’d like to co-create the app in participation with homeless youth, with the side effect of introducing them to product development, which may open up further opportunities and inspire them to a path forward.