Buy a Person Without a Home a Smart Phone

by RootProject
International

When one is without regular shelter, a smart phone is one’s lifeline to life-saving city resources, friends, and the rest of society. When RootProject opens offices in a new pilot city, we will give away fingerprint-locked phones to those that need them.

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  • $5,041.00

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RootProject’s worker recruitment begins by raising awareness of RootProject in a new city. Starting in our pilot cities, we will hand out new phones with finger print locks to those that need them. Our app, city services apps, and other important tools for undersheltered people will be already downloaded.

Those without regular shelter have, out of necessity, a surprising fluency with mobile technology. The conversation that began RootProject started when Dr. Melissa Mahoney, a psychologist working at a Manhattan hospital that serves many homeless people, pointed out the importance of smart phones to her patients.

For $50 USD you can purchase a smartphone for someone in need. For homeless teens, undersheltered families, and others, you are not just donating a smartphone, you are buying them a lifeline to city services like medical care, vererans’ clinics, and RootProject day labor program. For another $15 you will cover the costs of a water-resistant charger and a case.

Fingerprint locks programmed into the phone will prevent easy reselling of the phone.

Funds raised in this campaign will be locked away in their own bank account, used for no purpose other than the purchase of phones, a water-resistant case, and a phone charger. Funds from RootProject’s ICO will cover the operational costs of handing out the phones.

We will consult with Tech Goes Home, a Boston-based nonprofit with decades of experience giving hardware to those below the poverty line.

Contribute to a Fund for Legal Representation for Undersheltered People

Interaction with officialdom is a major barrier to overcome for those stuck in poverty. Lawyers, out of necessity, focus their limited pro bono hours on the most vital legal services. This fund to is pay lawyers to take their services to another level, helping individuals navigate bureaucratic systems that often cause overwhelming fear and anxiety in those they are designed to help.

Research has shown that vital services often do not reach intended recipients due to the difficulty of navigating bureaucratic services that most people find annoying but not frightening. As an example, semi-literate people often go to extreme lengths to avoid the psychologically painful act of filling out simple forms.

By professional standards, most law firms provide a limited but significant number of pro bono hours each year. These hours are often set at the firm level. Lawyers that focus on vulnerable populations are often resource-strapped.

Funds raised in this crowdraise will be used solely to pay the hourly bills of lawyers who, in conjunction with their pro bono hours, will guide clients through bureaucratic and legal systems. Clients will be identified by RootProject over the course of its reach out to undersheltered populations in its pilot cities, in conjunction with its partner nonprofits.

Examples include resolving outstanding legal issues that make finding work difficult, negotiating debt forgiveness, and participating in and negotiating disputes in public housing and shelter systems.

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