Austin was chosen alongside with the other 35 cities as a participant of the Mayor’s Challenge Program, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The top one from the rest 35 will win $5 million.
Identification is one of the main difficulties that obstacle the homeless to get housing, potential employment, and medical care and the other important services. Austin believes that blockchain may help in solving these challenges. Blockchain technology can found unique online identifiers for homeless people. It let them to reestablish their historical records and assist them overcome poverty.
At a high level, the pilot is trying to figure out how to solve one of the challenges we have in our community related to the homeless population, which is how to keep all the information of that individual with that individual.
Steve Adler, the Mayor, Austin
The blockchain project`s aim is to reinforce previous identity records and identify each homeless individual safely and confidently when letting seamless pass to data by a service worker. “There are all kinds of confidentiality issues that arise when you try to do that, so the thought was that blockchain would allow us to bridge that need,” claimed Adler.
So, inconvenient paper records can be replaced with digital electronic encrypted information which will be more distinct and secure. The blockchain-based platform could also help service providers authenticate a homeless person’s identity without going through existing paper records or bringing someone back to the office for processing.
Records on the blockchain, unlike the paper ones, can be shared betwixt various providers easily, especially new records that need to be added over time. Having a historical record of a personality is very important, especially in healthcare where any new or updated information can be critical for people.