The Housing Project

The Housing Project was an app idea that came about to help students know more about their future landlords. This app allows the user to add a property along with hazards and warnings for others, or merely look up an apartment they are looking at renting to see its history. The story begins with an unfortunate incident that happened to our team member Amanda Lenko last September (2014). She and a few friends and I were out on a third-storey balcony during a party when it collapsed. This resulted in several injuries, ranging in severity, and even left a woman unable to participate in her entire fall semester of school. Lenko landed on her feet, compressing her spine with severe bruises on her legs, and needing a few stitches and punctured a lung. Other injuries included from the others ranged from eight broken ribs, a broken jaw, a sprained ankle, 400+ internal stitches, and lots of cuts and bruises.

This video is the design activism portion of the project. The idea is to project this video on the side of a house. A nice paint job does not fix the problems that may be on the inside of the wall, such as bursting pipes, mold, mice etc...
This is what inspired "The Housing Project". A group of students in Halifax, Nova Scotia recognized this situation could have been avoided had the homeowner taken responsibility to inspect and upkeep the property. Student housing is fraught with dangers due to landlord negligence and many tenants are unaware of their rights and when they are being taken advantage of.
Our hope is The Housing Project can enlighten current (and future) student renters and resolve potential issues before they escalate to what happened with the balcony. Tenants can communicate with each other about both negative and positive experiences they’ve had with properties. The app would give users the ability to post about their property, list its precise problems (mice, mold, exposed wires, etc.) or praises (good neighbourhood, friendly landlord, etc.) and leave comments for other users.
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