Hackathon team creates an app to assist low income families find housing in thriving areas.
On April 29, 2014 Open Communities Alliance participated in a "Hackathon" sponsored by the CT Mirror and reSET Social Enterprise Trust as part of their Small State, Big Debate conference on inequality in Connecticut. The goal of the Hackathon was to bring together social justice non-profits and data and coding experts to create an app to address some aspect of inequality.
Open Communities worked with Blueprint for Impact to put together a team to create a Mobility App - an online tool to assist people using government housing subsidies like the Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Rental Assistance Program to find housing in thriving areas with safe streets and high performing schools.
The Open Communities team ended up winning and the development of the app is underway!
Many thanks to:
- Chris Brechlin of Blueprint for Impact
- Professor Jack Dougherty of Trinity College and his students
- Evan Dobos and Elliot Berg of PictureThisWEBCENTER
- Scott Gaul of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
- Diana Deng of the Partnership for Strong Communities