Crowdsourcing Change: Dignity Housing

Dignity Housing is a non-profit organization established by formerly homeless people in 1988 to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty confronting low-income and homeless families and individuals in Philadelphia.  Dignity Housing promotes our client’s self-sufficiency by providing affordable rental housing with individualized social services, homeownership opportunities, assistance in pursuit of education objectives, workforce development, and financial management assistance.

The organization has been slow to technology and social media changes but has the goal for the upcoming year to increase our online presence. Our goals include using social media and new technology to attract new supporters, increase online donations, and form coalitions throughout Philadelphia in support of affordable housing. Currently, Dignity Housing has a Facebook page and a recently updated website, Dignity Housing also have a fundraising plan to highlight projects online throughout the year, but it will be a first-year effort both with limited resources and limited knowledge.

Crowdsourcing Change” will be a highly participatory event where attendees will have an opportunity to help three “Social Changers” who are using — or trying to use — the social web for the common good. Dignity Housing is one of our three presenters. Feel free to ask questions in the comments ahead of time, and read more about the event to learn about the other presenters.

1 Comment on "Crowdsourcing Change: Dignity Housing"

  1. It was nice to learn about your organization and what you feel you need to advance your organization at the meeting last night. As I mentioned, I would recommend re-doing your web site using a content management system (CMS) to allow you the flexibility to grow and manage changes with your web site better.

    You should also partner with other local Philadelphia organizations and universities that have similar goals and vision. Drexel and Temple come to mind.

    You might also want to work with local sustainable organizations to help make your housing as green and zero-energy as possible. It seems like a great marriage of causes.

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