As Hurricane Florence closes in on the East Coast, DC Government has posted emergency alerts on the platform, a locally-developed technology that allows the District’s government and non-government service providers to send text messages containing critical, potentially lifesaving information directly to the phones of individuals experiencing homelessness.
Pictured above, the emergency alerts sent through HopeOneSource tell recipients how to access available shelter and transportation services should severe weather strike. DC Government also uses HopeOneSource to send out similar alerts to residents experiencing homelessness during periods of extreme heat or cold.
HopeOneSource is a growing resource for the DC community in the effort to prevent and end homelessness in the DC Metropolitan and beyond. The messaging platform is used by over 200 local service providers to send messages about their available services to the people experiencing a housing crisis who need them most--the majority of whom own a mobile phone. Nearly 1,300 DC residents at-risk of and experiencing homelessness are currently receiving messages about available services they need through HopeOneSource.
Learn more how female military veterans experiencing homelessness like Judith are using HopeOneSource to connect to often vital services through HopeOneSource here.