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Harnessing Technology for Homeless Families

Harnessing Technology for Homeless Families (HTHF), is a training, research, and intervention project led by the Center for Social Innovation at the Boston College School of Social Work. Funded by an Academic Technology Innovation Grant, and Lead by Professor Stephanie Berzin, the project will work in collaboration with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UW). This project will involve the 1) a competition for homeless organizations to develop technology-based services for their population, 2) the development of mobile and/or social media based interventions to support homeless families, 3) research on the aforementioned interventions, and 4) the development of a cohort of MSW students who will be involved in the development and implementation of the technology. Building on the strength of the existing partnership with UW and a parallel non-tech based competition, HTHF provides an opportunity to enhance technology use among organizations serving homeless families, engage Boston College social work students in technology-based projects, and document the promise of technology for engaging with homeless families.

The CTE’s Jamie Walker, Instructional Web Developer, and Emaad Ali, Computer Science student and developer assistant, supported Professor Berzin in identifying business requirements for the project, scoping the design and functionality of the mobile app, and developing a prototype for a web development firm.

Project Team

  • Project Director: Stephanie Berzin, Associate Professor, Chairperson, Children & Youth, SSW
  • Technical Consultants: Jamie Walker, Instructional Web Developer, CTE; Emaad Ali, Computer Science student, ‘20 and Developer Assistant