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Community Hub

We are providing reliable transportation for low-income groups through app vouchers (Android and iOS App available).

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Community Hub is an app that users will utilize to monitor or request transportation to crucial resources or medical facilities nearby. To access our transportation services, clients must be part of a low-income program; for example, the Medical Access Program, WIC, and SNAP/TANF, etc. These programs will provide clients with a free monthly general voucher for personal use and additional appointment vouchers as needed.

 

Community Hub expects to use both shuttle buses and vehicles for transportation. Buses will run a scheduled route with the ability to perform special pick-ups for people with disabilities or families with children under two years old. Additionally, users will be able to monitor bus arrival, location, bus stops, and confirm appointments to medical or community facilities. Vehicles will be used for pick-ups not available within the bus route or time frame.

 

Bus drivers/drivers will have access to a driver's portion of the app, which will be used to scan users' vouchers. When vouchers are scanned it will notify the approving party that their client is en route or that the voucher was utilized. The approving party will also have access to track the client's location and arrival time to appointments; this will help reduce the no-show rates for many organizations.

 

*Vouchers can be provided in paper/ID form for individuals without cellphones or access to technology.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Our solution will be available to East Austin residents. - Users: Track pick-ups (to encourage ridesharing), request pick-ups, find bus stops, and confirm appointments. Users will also have the ability to create a user's profile (ex: person with a disability, family with children, etc.) - Drivers: Scan vouchers (pick-ups and drop-offs) and track new pick up request. - Organizations: Track arrival, appointment confirmation, and voucher management allowing organizations to fill their timeslots for any missed appointments when possible.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

From previous experience, we have noticed that the lack of transportation can affect individuals in many ways, including nonprofit funding. By providing a platform like Community Hub, we can predict an increase of participants in the nonprofit sector and a healthier lifestyle for underserved communities.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Yolany Winters is a previous social worker and translator/interpreter with a passion for tech. She is also a disabled veteran and mother to a child with special needs. Yolany became interested in tech when she noticed new opportunities to improve the lifestyles of low-income groups. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yolanywinters/

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

App Development = $70,000.00 Partnerships/Legal/Research = $30,000.00

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

For the first year, we plan to create and test our app usability to ensure that it meets the needs of our future users (including drivers and organizations).

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

We plan to partner with a few organizations to test and obtain data from our future users by providing information about our plans and receiving feedback from organizations that are planning to partner with us in the future.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Our project is 100% grant-based. We will need additional support and funding to continue implementation.

Social Media

@yolanywinters

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