In this third annual design hackathon event, participants used design thinking and UX methods in an entrepreneurial spirit to address social, economic, and environmental challenges specific to South LA - Julian Scaff
There are 44,000 people in Los Angeles County that are homeless. Of these, only 16-20% of adults are employed. There currently is no easy-to-navigate tool for this population to find job and housing opportunities in LA, despite existing resources.
A concept iOS mobile application connecting persons who are homeless and/or formerly incarcerated with home listers and employers, including social enterprises, who empathize with the aforementioned populations.
Background research was provided by the producers of SOLA Hackathon. However, our team decided to do some further market research.
We looked at various websites and mobile applications serving the homeless and formerly incarcerated populations to identify connectivity gaps in the space, and come up with a strategic solution.
We found that there is currently no easy way for persons who are homeless or formerly incarcerated to connect with employers and/or home listers who empathize with their situations.
Ava Jackson is staying the night at a homeless shelter in Inglewood, and sees a flyer for a new mobile app, Open Door, that would connect her to employers and home listers.