Amsterdam: Contactless payment jacket to help people donate to the homeless with the tap of a card

Statistics indicate the number of people without a permanent place of residence in the Netherlands increased from roughly 13,000 to 31,000 in the years between 2009 and 2015.”Homeless people who want to buy cans of beer, have nothing to gain from this jacket, they just want cash,” said Annemiek van Bemmelen of StoelenProject, a homeless shelter in Amsterdam. “But the very people who want to make something of their lives again, can benefit enormously from it.”

Meanwhile, N=5 employee Silvia van Hooft told the Indy100: “[Firstly], these days we tend to carry little or no cash at all. Secondly, most people would like to help the homeless, but they feel that giving money basically goes to supporting addictions.”So, we wondered: how we can make it easier for people to help others who need it?”She added: “They [the homeless] have embraced the fact that it takes away the concern of how your donation will be spent. Organisations for the homeless are also very positive about the fact that it contributes to more than just immediate challenges.”

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