Austin's Blockchain For The Homeless Faces Challenges

Law360 (February 15, 2019, 1:44 PM EST) -- Homeless and transitory populations across the country face numerous challenges attempting to find health care, mental health resources and other government services. As a population without access to stable residences, maintaining documents to prove identity, medical history or documents related to human services is often problematic. Something as simple as proving identity can be a real problem for people who don’t have ready access to identification documents.

In 2018, the city of Austin, Texas, proposed a program to use blockchain technology to associate homeless and transitory residents of the city to the records necessary to receive services.

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