Systems that assist individuals in identifying government or community provided benefits and services.
- Startups Are Finally Taking on Food Stamps
Outdated social programs are desperately in need of innovation. A new wave of apps aims to fill that niche. Wired magazine, 2017.
- Leveraging Text Messaging to Improve Communications in Safety Net Programs.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2019.
Code for America partnered with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Nava Public Benefit Corporation to conduct pilots in Michigan (in partnership with Civilla), Colorado, Alaska, Vermont (led by Nava PBC) and Louisiana.
"Google.org and Boulder, Colorado, are teaming up to create a new eligibility calculator, which residents of that city will be able to use to determine if they qualify for public programs, discounts or rebates"
- Engagement tech, Get social benefits, Govtech, Justice tech, State and regional government technology, The Tech
Legal Aid Checker is an online triaging system, helping to determine if people are eligible to recieve services and help from Victoria Legal Aid.
- Engagement tech, Get social benefits, Meet the others, Organize campaigns, SMS campaign tools, Socialize online, Solidarity networks, The People, The Tech
Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 in the United States.
- Civic data, Engagement tech, Get social benefits, Govtech, The Tech
Create modern web applications that evaluate household data against eligibility rules for 31 different City, State, and Federal benefits programs (including SNAP, Cash Assistance, WIC, HEAP, and more).
The platform makes it easy for social workers and refugees to create and access digital records related to their settlement and integration into Germany, also supporting local labour market integration.
Assisting low- and moderate-income individuals and families to move from the Crisis of poverty to being able to make real Choices in their lives through the practical application of innovative technology, public policy expertise, and community outreach.
Curated by Greg Bloom
Greg Bloom (@greggish) is the founder of Open Referral, a civic technology initiative that is promoting a shift towards open sharing of resource directory data (i.e. information about who does what for whom, across all fields of health, human, and social services). Greg is a cooperative developer and community organizer, with more than a decade of experience in GOTV, class-action labor lawsuits, municipal budget battles, death penalty abolition campaigns, community wireless networks, and even a backyard chicken legalization movement. His writing has been published in In These Times, Civic Quarterly, Personal Democracy Forum, and Code for America’s Beyond Transparency.
Curators are not responsible for all of the entries in their categories.
Would you like to become a curator of the Civic Tech Field Guide? Drop us a quick note.