In this podcast, Jonathan Kumar—a user experience designer by trade, and founder of several projects to solve social issues—speaks with KHC’s executive director, Edwin King, about Samaritan. Samaritan is a mobile app that enables Seattle city-goers to invest directly and compassionately into individuals around them struggling through homelessness. Bluetooth beacons, through the Samaritan app, collect donations that the beacon holders can use with the help of a counselor. Jonathan will be a keynote speaker for #KAHC19, on Friday, September 13, 2019.
Over its history, Housing Partnership, Inc. (HPI), has leveraged over $830 million into affordable housing in the Louisville region and served thousands of families with services ranging from housing counseling to homeownership assistance and developing and managing affordable rental housing, including projects targeted to special needs populations through creative strategies. HPI accomplishes its work both directly—developing and managing many of its own projects—and through partnerships with other nonprofit and community-based organizations.
Safe, decent, and affordable housing can play a significant role in a person’s overall well-being and help shape their future. New research shows that having an affordable place to call home has a positive impact on the resident’s health, ability to maintain a job, and their children’s education. At the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), we have created incentives in our Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program to encourage developers to not only build high quality housing, but work with local partners and stakeholders to provide services that enhance the lives of residents and help improve communities.
Randall Howard just completed a new roof, switched an old large front window for a new one, and handed the homeowner the keys to her new door that actually locks. Howard is currently participating in the New Energy Internship program that he started in October 2017 and was placed at COAP, Inc., in Harlan, Kentucky. COAP’s mission is to provide sustainable, affordable, safe, energy efficient and dry housing to moderate-, low- and very low-income residents in Harlan, Bell and Leslie Counties.