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Vibewire’s social impact hackathon, #Hack4Homelessness runs from this Friday 15 September to 17 September. In the lead up we had a chat with Rabbi Mendel Kastel, CEO of the Jewish House Crisis Centre, our amazing partners.

Jewish House is a non-denominational, not for profit organisation that offers accommodation, counseling services and other essentials for people in crisis. Jewish House provides an inspiring framework to look at innovative ways to measure and implement new ideas. Rabbi understands “we need to have an open mind to look at how we can do things better and I that a hackathon gives an opportunity to get different young minds to come up with ideas”.

Jewish House are one of the leading independent agencies taking a holistic and community based approach to addressing the immediate distress, causes and outcomes of homelessness, to then break the cycle and seek a permanent stable housing situation.

Rabbi believes “that we should not have a homelessness problem the way we do in Australia and every person should have their basic needs facilitated in this country and making a difference to homelessness is a good start”.

Over the weekend’s #hack4homelessness Rabbi wants to see new ways of thinking develop to “help those who are in contact with those experiencing homelessness – for them, their families and the community”.

Vibewire’s #Hack4Homelessness brings Australia’s leading technology, engineering and social impact students, social entrepreneurs and startups together to tackle the challenge of homelessness. Running from 15-17 September 2017, you can register as a participant here.