The Aunt Bertha Blog

How Former Phone Booths Helped New Yorkers Find Housing (and more) in 2017

In 2015, the City of New York and CityBridge turned hundreds of old phone booth locations into touch screen kiosks with high speed wifi for people in the 5 boroughs to use for free. Beginning in April 2017, Aunt Bertha partnered with the LinkNYC team to connect kiosk users with an easy way to search for social services using an in-kiosk app. 

In just 9 short months, the Aunt Bertha LinkNYC app has been used over 90,000 times, helping tens of thousands of people across the city find and connect with social service providers.

We see searches late at night, and on the weekends--for housing, food, medical care, and much more. We see people in need connecting to some of New York's amazing non-profits and government agencies. We're seeing all of this from our offices here in Austin, Texas, but as 2017 comes to a close, our team put together some data to share with you: LinkNYC and Aunt Bertha, by the numbers (see below). 

We are inspired by the usage and connections happening in New York, and are eager to keep working in the new year to make sure that anyone, anywhere can find and connect to programs that can help them.

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