EZHouz Project

What is that?

EZHouz is an app that helps people to search for good affordable housing in a great neighborhood, as well as assists these applicants to keep their spots in waiting lists.

September 17 and 18, 2016

Updated (July 24, 2017)

After a year, our EZHouz project could still be helpful in Toronto. According to Metro News, people have to renew his spot each year on the *complicated* bureaucracy of affordable housing waitlist.

Our Project on the Internet

Digital innovation hub

Official TPL website here

Pitch

The presentation here

OiCanada

Article in Portuguese Here

Brazilian Wave

Article in Portuguese Here

Why?

  1. We were challenged to participate in TPL Hackathon 2016, a great hacking event hosted by Toronto Public Library in collaboration with Civic Tech Toronto, Social Planning Toronto, Open Data Institute Toronto. There, we would do a prototype for poverty reduction in Toronto.

  2. Selecting 10 potential ideas in a brainstorm, based on the official Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy document, we saw that waiting lists are big, the process can be more than 10 years, and applicants can be removed from the list easily.

  3. The websites where people can apply for housing uses old technologies and its instructions are hard to understand.

Meanwhile, we found comments like that:

It is [her home] your sanctuary, a safe space. You should be proud of your living situation.

-- Khadiija Sayaadi on Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy document.

A better housing choice can lead people to be proud of their home.

The unit was infected with red ants. I had to re-register, and I have been on the waiting list again since 2012.

-- C Jasz on torontoist.com.

Applicants should choose a great, confortable, and hassle-free housing.

We can help these people!

How?

Our team selected the datasets (open data), and divided responsibilities;

We went to CODE.

After 2 weeks, we presented the project at Toronto Reference Library.

References on Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy document:

It contains 6 Issue-areas, 17 recommendations, and a set of actions where EZHouz project is based on:

EZHouz App (v1.0)

Presentation & Prototype

Material shared in TPL Hackathon event.
Here | GitHub

API

Group of methods that supports the project.
Here

Feedbacks

I think this idea can make the search and application process easier as well as keeping track of submissions to waiting lists.

-- Reema Tarzi

(Digital Project Manager| Mentor at TPL Hackathon)

The tool was well conceived, with good insight into the challenges and consideration related to the client, particularly the consideration of proximity to key amenities appropriate to the population. It pulled the appropriate data well and was responsive. I was also impressed by the design which was clean and accessible with strong graphic tools and an engaging overall feel.

-- Sean Meagher

(Executive Director at Social Planning Toronto)

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Contact us

Alexandre Belloni Alves

(Full Stack Developer)

Gregory Uchitel

(IT Student)

Leonel Oliveira

(Front-End Developer)