The article focuses on collaborative “start up” initiatives that are joint ventures of engineers, entrepreneurs, designers and neighborhood advocates using technology to help the initiatives. Such new efforts include a mobile wash station and a shelter reservation kiosk.
Jake Levitas, research director at the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, believes that applying the hacker mindset can help to end homelessness. While we often hear the term “hacker” used in the news to describe someone who is committing cybercrimes, in Silicon Valley the word more frequently describes someone who comes up with a clever solution to a frustrating problem.
“Levitas said he hopes the same mentality that has helped once-small startups to challenge the dominance of companies like Microsoft can make strides against a seemingly intractable problem like homelessness.”
What other “clever solutions” to homelessness could we find, if we thought more creatively and “out of the box?”