Working Together Continuum
"Only three things happen naturally in organizations:
friction, confusion, and under-performance.
Everything else requires leadership."
• Homeless Individual • CSAH
• HOPE House
• SAFE House
• Union Mission
• The Salvation Army
• Inner City Night Shelter
• Savannah Baptist Center
• Behavioral Health Services
• Chatham County Municipal Courts
• Development Services Department
• Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Agencies
• Chatham Savannah Police Department
• Downtown Neighborhood Association
• Department of Housing & Urban Development
• Department of Health & Human Services
• Department of U.S. Veteran Affairs
Beneficiary Primary Secondary
• Long-Term Stability
• Job Placement
• Permanent Housing
• Educational programs
• Long-term support network
• Family Reconnection
• Life-Skill Development
• Job Training Programs
• Transitional Housing
• Case Managers
• Food Security
• Emergency Shelter
• Health Services
In a 2013 census, there were 5,120
homeless people living in Savannah, GA.
Statistics provided by the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless
• lack of public awareness & support
• limited human resources
• wide variety of needs
• stagnant federal funding
• short-term solutions
• medical centers provide limited services
Many homeless people are not aware
of the resources available to them.
Utilize technology to reach out to
homeless people in need of services.
Free & Easy, Educational
Educate the homeless on
available resources with real-
time services in Savannah.
risk free, casual, and un-
judgmental opportunity to
advertised and funded
by integrated public
advertisements to the
general public and homeless
There is no method for quickly verifying
whether an individual is actually homeless.
Makes identification and verification
easy, fast, and simple.
Connected to Transportation
general accessibility for involved
organizations for better communication
Stores the homeless person’s information
on the device so that they do not have to
fill out repetetive paperwork.
How it Works
Arrive at Homeless Authority
Get assigned a caseworker
Support System, Success Stories, Mentor, etc.
Treating Illnesses, Therapy, Job
Use Wristband/ID for Services
Transportation, Food, Housing, etc.
Name, DOB, Race, Gender, etc.
Reading, Writing, Construction etc.
When feeling confident
Receive Preliminary Aid
Healthcare, Shelter, Hygiene etc.
Receive Wristband or ID
Encoded with data
Easy to Understand
Stays attached / Not easily lost
Integrate with society (wearable electronics)
Can be activated or deactivated by the Homeless Authority.
ID or Bracelet would function as temporary free pass for:
Accessibility for involved organizations for
better communication and planning
Important Record Backups
Electronic backup of documentations for both
homeless clients and organizations to aid any
quantitative data to support future decision making &
accurate statistics for government documentation
Instant reference to background and nature of a
homeless client with possibly experience or skills
HMIS requires an annual fee and extensive
paperwork required by the Federal Government.
Design a universally accessible
database to benefit all service providers.
One day, as Nick is hanging at the bus stop, he notices a woman
using an interface to get to a location
Nick then tries the interface and sees
he can get directions to get free food
at the food truck.
Once he arrives to the food truck, the volunteer
informs him that he can get free food only by
going to the homeless authority first to be in the
database and recieve a propper ID.
At the Homeless Authority, Nick talks to a counselor and
recieves a RFID bracelet that will serve as an ID and give
him access to all services for homeless including food,
clothes, transportation etc.
• Provide a foundation for achieving self-sufficiency
• Grants mental stability for homeless individual
• Gives the homeless person an opportunity to regain their sense of normalcy
• Creates a centralized location to access resources and services
• Saves substantial money for tax payers
Many individuals relapse into
homelessness once they leave the shelters.
Provide long-term support by housing
individuals first, then assess their specific needs.
Housing First Initiative
Phase 1 Phase 3Phase 2 Phase 4
Convince and raise
awareness of homelessness
Raise funding through
• Public Campaigns: Focusing
on false perception of the
• Benefit concert/ festival
• Kickstarter fundings
• Biking Charity
• Pub crawl charity event
• Habitat for Humanity &
• SCAD Building Arts & Service
Design collaboration for
smaller scale housing first plan
Implement small model
to show effectiveness of
housing first plan
Housing First Initiative
Build Savannah into a
bigger homelessness model
Ideal: Homeless with Homes Realistic Implementation