New York charity Picture the Homeless is using the Usahidi report mapping system to help identify the city's vacant properties.
Picture the Homeless claim that the city spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on providing shelter to the homeless whilst perfectly good property languishes in the hands of private landlords and city agencies. The charity want New Yorkers to use Vacant NYC to map the property going to waste in their neighborhoods.
It is possible to report a vacant lot or property by e-mail, text message, by Twitter or by filling in a short form. All reports submitted will be added to the Vacant NYC Google Map. By plotting the vacant properties of New York Picture the Homeless hope to prove that there is enough property going to waste to make a real difference in the NYC housing market.