In the Bay Area, one of the richest regions in the world, thousands of people are forced to live without shelter. A large proportion of them live on the streets of the Tenderloin, the neighborhood surrounding UC Hastings Law School. We would like to contribute our legal expertise and other resources to reduce homelessness in our city. LexLab, an innovation hub for emerging legal technologies out of UC Hastings Law, wants to explore how technology and design might be able to maximize the impact and accessibility of existing legal services for the homeless population.
What is Hack Homelessness?
Design thinking-based course taught at UC Hastings Law
Classes will be taught in conjunction with governmental and non-governmental homeless service providers, engineers and design thinkers. The course will delve into the issues that prevent the homeless population from accessing legal services. The group's findings will determine the issues to be tackled in the subsequent phases of the project.
The challenges identified in the course will be tackled by teams of lawyers, developers, designers, builders and thinkers with the objective of finding a technology and design solution for each challenge over the course of three days (October 25-27, 2019).
To guide future implementation of our methods and solutions, we will publish a white paper that will present the findings generated by the course and the hackathon.