Zillow #HackHousing Hackathon: Seattle Housing Finder
- Establish a direct connect between landlords and future Section 8 tenants.
- Create a user-friendly website that gives the Section 8 voucher holders the proper information needed to get them placed in a house, access to an emergency shelter, or an extension on their voucher deadline.
- Display relative and updated information from provided datasets as well as directly from the landlords.
This application was developed February 6-8, 2015 for the Zillow #HackHousing Hackathon.
Our app is live at http://section8connect.herokuapp.com/.
Challenge and Approach
Our approach for satisfying this challenge was to:
- Research and understand the current challenges facing voucher holders and prospective landlords*
- Develop and iterate strategies in correspondence with HUD and SHA resources in order to provide incentive for landlords to reach out to those in need of housing
- Provide strategies for implementing this new technology - educating voucher holders and landlords of its existence and ability to quickly fill vacancies
Our application provides a way for landlords to quickly fill vacancies with Section 8 voucher holders.
In order for this application to be as valuable as it can be, we must continue to work with the Seattle Housing Association to advertise this site to current voucher holders as well as advocate its ability to fill otherwise unnoccupied (or under-priced) rooms and buildings.
presentation slide deck
*You can see our research results in our
You can also check out the infographic!
Our team is comprised of:
Pico Premvuti – Computer Science, University of Washington
Daniel (Dani) Sandoval – Human Centered Design and Engineering (UW)
Imran Haroon – Former HUD Employee
John-Paul Patrizio – Post Amazon Employee
Spencer Nusbaum – Computer Science, Washington State University
Mitchell Barnette – Digital Technology and Culture (WSU)
###Watch us work in the #HackHousing video (See Spencer at 00:05-00:06, Imran from 00:34-00:40, and Pico, Matthew, and Dani from 00:46-00:51):
Technologies, APIs, and Datasets Utilized
We made use of:
- Ruby on Rails
- Spencer's simple email API
- Public Housing Buildings Dataset (to find "current" availabilities)
In order to build and run our app:
Our code is licensed under the MIT License. Pull requests will be accepted to this repo, pending review and approval.