With MFH Grant, GlobalHack Advances Homeless Services Technology

Award will fund use of software emerging from 2016 hackathon

May 24, 2018 (ST. LOUIS) – GlobalHack, a St. Louis-based nonprofit that drives social impact through technology, announced today an award of $80,000 from Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) to pilot Cemaritan — a software tool for organizations addressing homelessness.

Cemaritan will reduce the time homeless services agencies spend on duplicate data entry. Case managers must often enter client information in two or more systems, their internal databases as well as a federally-mandated homeless management information system (HMIS). Cemaritan streamlines this process so organizations can serve their constituents more effectively.

“Technology can be a powerful force for driving social impact. Cemaritan has tremendous potential, even outside of homeless services, to help eliminate redundancy and increase capacity,” said Matt Menietti, GlobalHack’s Executive Director. “We’re tremendously thankful for the community partners who have guided and assisted the project along the way.”

The Cemaritan project emerged from GlobalHack VI, a hackathon hosted by GlobalHack at Saint Louis University in October 2016. During the event over 1,000 technologists, agency representatives, and citizens gathered for a weekend-long software competition where participant teams worked tirelessly on specific problems facing local homeless agencies. Homelessness is a major barrier to improved health outcomes. Individuals without proper housing are far less likely to receive the critical services they need to live longer, healthier lives.

Support from the Foundation continues the work funded through the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis in the summer of 2017. Through this partnership, an initial version of Cemaritan was developed in partnership with representatives from Continuum of Care groups located St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County. The next phase of the project will further develop the Cemaritan software platform, build integrations with existing client management systems, and pilot the tool with local agencies in the St. Louis region.

GlobalHack drives social impact through technology. We organize events that kickstart community-focused software projects and deliver accessible computer science education opportunities for kids. Learn more at www.globalhack.org.

Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.
Learn more at www.mffh.org.

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