These Code for Progress fellows are giving a leg up to subsidized housing applicants - Technical.ly DC

Civic

Oct. 28, 2014 10:56 am

These Code for Progress fellows are giving a leg up to subsidized housing applicants

The team created a texting app to ensure applicants are speedily informed when new listings go up.

These three current and former Code for Progress fellows — left to right, Pamela Davis, Jason Towns and Terri Acker — created a texting app for subsidized housing applicants.

(Photo by Aliya Rahman)

Filling out the paperwork to apply for subsidized housing can be a pain. And there’s another hurdle for prospective residents with little tech know-how: tracking available properties.

So local community organization Bread for the City devised a plan to reach its clients as soon as a listing’s wait list opened up: with a texting app.

Bread for the City, which helps low-income people apply for subsidized housing, approached Code for Progress with a plan.

Hackers and housing advocates team up to create a texting app.

“Waiting lists open and close very quickly and they only accept a certain number of people,” said Terri Acker, a Code for Progress fellow who first encountered Bread for the City when she needed legal counsel while also searching for employment.

So she and two other fellows, Pamela Davis and Jason Towns, produced the customized app within a summer month.

Now when a listing opens up, “a text is sent out to say this particular housing complex is accepting application,” explained Acker, who now serves on the organization’s Client Advisory Board, organizing activities like computer, yoga and crochet classes and a rooftop garden.

Stacey Johnson, a rather tech-savvy social worker at Bread for the City, already used Salesforce to store the group’s client data.

Advertisement

The three coders used Twilio to send the texts out from the Salesforce database. The team created the app on Flask.

Acker said she’s hoping to eventually do more to help ease the process of applying for subsidized housing. “I wanted to match up some of the landlords with the nonprofits in the city that would be interested in connecting,” she said. “It’s actually in my Github.”

You must appreciate accurate, relevant and productive community journalism.  Support this sort of work from professional reporters with seasoned editors.  Become a Technical.ly member for $12 per month -30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

Sprint is planning to launch a 5G network in DC next year

Trump’s SNAP fix fails to put people first

McLean-based MobilePhire acquired by California company

SPONSORED

DC

Pitch for up to $360,000 in funding at the WeWork Creator Awards

Wawa (Media), PA

Wawa

Distinguished Engineer

Apply Now
DC, SF, NYC

Nava

Experienced Software Engineer – Backend

Apply Now
Hunt Valley, MD

ArmadaHealth

Full Stack Engineer

Apply Now

mProve Health’s Arlington office set to double in size following acquisition

This map visualizes DC affordable housing data

Common is expanding coliving to Chinatown

SPONSORED

DC

VR is cool, but it isn’t mainstream. This local company has a fix for that

Washington, DC

Nava

Infrastructure Engineer (DC, SF, NYC)

Apply Now
Washington, DC

Brainstorm Creative Resources

Database Technology Associate (Temporary / 7 months on-site)

Apply Now
Washington D.C.

Perfect Sense

Senior Front End Engineer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!