Team Hactory, HomeShare
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Project Name: HomeShare

Team Name: Hactory


Homelessness and, loneliness and isolation affect your mental health: Living alone is potentially isolating and an undesirable living arrangement. At the same time, being homeless poses great mental stress. Every now and then, people need to see a familiar face, and hear a familiar voice.

A secure and suitable home is key to your wellbeing, health and community. It provides a physical and mental security. Also, it provides the potential to participate meaningfully in one's personal and social lives, getting educated, engaging in the job market, contributing to society and building friendships.

There is also a great intergenerational gap building up in this 21st century. There is decreasing interest in education amongst the youth due to lack of motivation, unfortunate family backgrounds, or bad peer influence.

The Problem

In current era of modernization, it’s unfortunate that there is a devastating increase in the number of homeless Australians. According to statistics, 1 in 100 young people is homeless. At the same time, there is an increasing number of lonely elderly people. This could be result of increasing number single occupancies, increasing number of old people living alone (specifically 24% of people over 70 years of age and 60% people over 60 years of age live alone).

The number of young people aged 20–24 years who are engaged in some form of education is 42% - which is down by half from the number of young people aged 15-19 years. This will impact Australia’s national economy to a vast extent. These young people lack a proper mentorship or experienced guidance. Some of them lack an appropriate motivational environment in their current families or houses. It will lead to lack of apt skilled professionals in coming decade in Australia.

It has also been assessed that 3% of Australian households need one or more extra bedrooms to meet current occupancy requirements. At the same time it has been discovered that 78% of households occupied dwellings which had more bedrooms than were needed to accommodate the occupants.


Wouldn’t  it it be good if we could help Young people find a nice place to stay and have Older Australians not living in Isolation and Loneliness,

Digital platform to match needs and reduce the impact of issues relating to the intergenerational gap, housing stress for youth, homelessness amongst youth, minimising the social isolation of the elderly and improving the general well being and mental health of Youth and Older Australians.

Home Share bridges the Intergenerational Gap by bringing Older people and people with spare room capacity together with Young People in need.

It allows Young Australians find affordable housing, while helping older people remain at home. It will  match anyone with spare bedrooms to a suitable person seeking a room.

The Home Share Hub delivers solution through 7 pathways, namely

●     Spare Capacity

●     Mental Health Benefits

●     Information Hub (*** Our Data Sets will come into play, hospitals, parks, education places, transport...etc..etc,...)

●     Security and Advocacy through Police, Social workers, Local Government & AGencies

●     Country Billet for City Youth wanting to relocate to the country to study, work or seasonal employment.

●     Education Partnerships to provide education links and a platform to support youth in the education sector (High Schools, TAFE, Colleges & Universities) find affordagle and safe accomodation.

Young lodgers can live with older residents for free or a nominal reimbursement, in return for spending between 5 to 15 hours,  helping with things such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, technology assistance, etc….. They will help someone else out while you're also helping themselves out, and being able to save and study.  Everyone will agree on jobs, responsibilities and living costs as part of the matching process. All the matching will be done with a range of safeguards and background checks that will protect both parties involved.

This is how RoomSeekers works.

A RoomSeeker or RoomGiver will register their profiles and enter a range of matching criteria. This will include a range of things including……. In addition they will fill in Quick Quiz which will be used to help match Personality.

This will be displayed on RoomGiver interactive map to allow RoomSeekers to identify potential locations to stay.

In addition it will provide other key information to help the Seeker determine an area that best fits their need, such as Public Transport, Public and Recreational  Amenties , Education Institutions, Community Groups, Internet & Phone Coverage..etc

The RoomSeeker Matching Engine which will match on many criteria including by matching interests, personality, and lifestyle. This will list potential matches for either party.

Safety is critical!! RoomSeeker and RoomGiver can select various personal safety features, including requesting a 100 Point check, a Local Police Check and/or an Advocate check. Only after these checks are details exchange between all parties.

Advocates are an important part of the matching process. If this option is selected that can be Family, Friends, Social and Health Workers, who validate the RoomSeeker or RoomGiver, provide advice, monitor the and mitigate in any disputes that may arise. Advocates may also be Local Government, Community and Government Organisations who will have their own console to manage tasks relating to people that they are advocating on behalf of. This will include other information relating to being an Advocate.

Home Share platform also provides resources, information and links to accredited providers on Mindfulness, Health, Mental Health, Education, Brain Plasticity Training and LifeSkills so that everyone has access to tools to I’ve them a holistic and well rounded experience.

The RoomSeekers platform is accessible by a Smart Phone App or Web App via a Web Browser. This takes into account that most Young on low budgets will rely solely on their smartphone  and many Older people will be more comfortable using a simple Web Browser application on a big screen.

Technologies/tools Used:

All the tools on the platform are integrated and displayed using the Wordpress Content Management System, which is open source and runs on an Apache, Linux, Mysql and PHP stack.
All mapping and trip planning uses the Google mapping API and the detailed marine charting utilises the Navionics API.
Team Collaboration:
The Team worked on multiple projects and collaborated and built the solution using the Slack, Trello, Google Drive, Google Application toolsets.
The Team used an Agile (in the extreme) to manage the multiple streams of creativity and delivery delivered across all of our projects.

Datasets Used: 
1. Homeless Statistics: ( 2. Household and Family Projections, Australia, 2011 to 2036: ( 3. Education and Work, Australia, May 2014: ( 4. Persons per bedroom correction: ( 5. Public House Dwelling, 2012-2013: ( 6. Port Adelaide Enfield Council Data Sets Used ( 7. National Data -Various National data sets from (

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