NJ’s Jon Bon Jovi Partners with HUD & VA Submission Deadline is July 27th
On March 19, 2012, Jon Bon Jovi announced that the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation along with HUD and the VA who have launched Project REACH (which stands for Real-Time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless.) This initiative is a contest that offers a $25,000 prize for the best mobile or website app that will help homeless veterans find the resources they need – clinics, food banks and housing. The idea is that the app targets volunteers working to end veterans’ homelessness since many of the homeless do not have phones.
The challenge asks developers for an easy to use, mobile/web application to connect service providers and offer real-time information about resources for the homeless and others in need. The first five entries to meet the requirements enumerated in detail on the website will receive a $10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to test their app at the JBJ Soul Kitchen. The winner will receive a $25,000 prize.
The deadline for submission is July 27, 2012 at 11 PM.
Jon Bon Jovi, musician, Chairman of the JBJ Soul Foundation said:
At the Soul Kitchen we’ve seen the need for a simple, user-friendly, comprehensive application that connects those in need to resources in their community. As we sought out a solution to resolve the disconnect, we found the VA, HUD and HHS to be of like mind. Together we can provide the information about existing services – now we need the bright minds in the developer community to create a platform to tie it all together.
We know by now the statistics that tell the story of homeless veterans in the United States:
15% of the homeless population are veterans; or
in other words, there are 67,495 homeless veterans.
Pete Dougherty, acting executive director of the VA’s homeless veterans initiative said:
Innovations that get information about services right to the point of contact in real or near real time using smartphones and Internet technology are going to have a big impact. They are going to help us defeat veteran homelessness by 2015.
And we also know that connecting homeless veterans with permanent housing and services and other resources is the way to end veterans’ homelessness. Could a New Jersey innovator develop the winning app?