In San Francisco, data on homelessness suggest that there are from 7,000 - 13,000 homeless living in this city at any time. All great impact starts with successful prototyping and then scales.
March - May 2014 will see 4 participants in 90 days go from homeless to hacker
following in the footsteps of Marc Roth (follow link to see personal story) who managed to bootstrap a new life for himself and his family in San Francisco's hottest tech learning environment, TechShop SoMa
(a maker space where anyone can buy a membership and learn/work on anything from basic sewing, to CNC machining). As a reach back and out of gratitude Marc conceptualized a place built to produce success through training, mentorship, and community. With the help of numerous partners and the Mayor of San Francisco's amazing workforce development team, it is now coming to fruition.
Next steps in 2014 will involve scaling from 5 (4 participants plus the original) to a second cohort of 30 individuals. You can bet that with a diverse homeless population, The Learning Shelter will be made up of people from all walks of life and many new stories and challenges will arise. That is why the first crowdfunding mission is to successfully prove out this business model and adapt. Iteration, 4 people in February can and shall be the seeds that grow something built especially to help people from all around the globe follow a path to successful reinvention of self. The Learning Shelter will be an open source project aimed at positively affecting those who have become a part of the homeless systems as they stand now. A tipping point is out there that once reached will turn enough welfare dependents into tax payers to turn the tides on homelessness. The time to act is now.