Helping Out Homelessness

Supported By: 
City of Melbourne
Eligibility Criteria: 
Any hack that helps people access or understand support services

At any one time, there are approximately 1,300 people experiencing homelessness in the City of Melbourne, with a portion of these sleeping rough. There are multiple services run by the City of Melbourne, local charities, and social enterprises to assist people with the complications that arise from living on the streets (and to try and assist people to find more secure, or at least sheltered accommodations). Lists of these services are available online, but given the target audience possibly has limited access or barriers to technical familiarity, it needs to be readily searchable and available, and readily relevant to a lived context. How can people who want to access support services (food, shelter, counselling, warm or cool spaces, rest spots, public toilets) find the ones that are open and closest to them easily? Data Sets: ­ Flush Toilet Finder app ­ Helping Out Map ­ StreetCount 2014 Final Report ­ ­ CoMPASS ­ Administration ­ Community Services ­ Aged Disability ­ CoMPASS ­ Administration ­ Community Services ­ Syringe Collection ­ CoMPASS ­ Administration ­ Community Services ­ Maternal Child Health ­ CoMPASS ­ Assets ­ Security ­ Safe City Camera ­ CoMPASS ­ Emergency ­ Evacuation Centre ­ CoMPASS ­ Assets ­ Signage ­ Services & Community Info ­ CoMPASS ­ Assets ­ Road - Footpath (without gradients) ­ CoMPASS ­ Assets ­ Road ­ Tramway

Holes in the Safety Net Indicator

Team Name: 
Safety Net

Holes in the safety net indicator is a national assessment of the concentration of charitable organisations that work with people at risk of homelessness. It shows locations where there are fewer homeless charities and comparatively larger homeless populations, to encourage growth of charitable organisations in those areas most in need.



Team Name: 
J Mash

Inspired by the Hobo Code of the depression era, this aims to place discreet signage around the city to direct people (homeless and homed alike) to facilities (such as toilets, drinking fountains, showers, sharps disposal). Such signs would be placed at a well-known set of locations (street corners) and point to the nearest such facility. The system would be boot-strapped by placing more obvious signage to draw people's attention to the signs. Issues around literacy are worked around by using common icons/pictographs.

Safety Net

SafteyNet image of a net protecting the ground
Team Name: 
Safety Net

Safety Net is a website designed to ease communication between homeless or at risk people and the services designed to help them. 

By geocoding data for charitable support services, we can provide an easy to use information source that will allow the newly homeless or at risk to  find the appropriate services easily, thus minimising the danger that they will become trapped with the disadvantages of street life. With a few minutes and an Internet connection, they will be able to find the people that can assist in getting them back on their feet. 

Postcode Battle (The Card Game)

Team Name: 
Level 6.3

Now you can fight your suburb against that of your friends!

Using our database built from state and national data, we select all the attributes in which your suburb is more awesome than that of your mates. We present them in a easily understandable way. Now you have real data to prove that your suburb is absolutely the most awesomest! Get battling!!


Path To Safety

Path To Safety Logo
Team Name: 
Community Nexus


‘Path To Safety’ (PTS) is a community tool for helping users determine the safest route to their destination through crowdsourced user feedback. Our project directly provides a solution to the question 'How Do I Get Home Safe At Night?'.

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