Homeless people struggle to find jobs or proper housing for a number of reasons, but the lack of state-issued identification is often the largest obstacle for them to overcome. The Volusia/Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless recently hosted an event aimed at helping homeless people in the Florida counties receive social security cards, plastic ID cards and other forms of identification to help them find employment, according to the Daytona Beach News Journal.
IDignity and the First Presbyterian Church also helped sponsor the event, which cost over $6,000. In the end, 10 homeless citizens received state-issued plastic ID cards, while six more received driver’s licenses. Others who need birth certificates began the process, which may take several weeks as many were born outside of Florida.
IDignity has sponsored 25 similar events since 2008, and believes that helping homeless prove their identity is a major step to help them get off the street.
The Canadian province of Alberta recently discussed a plan proposal that would help homeless in the province receive plastic ID cards that have a biometric scan of their fingerprint on it to prove their identity, according to the Calgary Herald.