|(Miami, FL June 24, 2019) – The City of Miami and Code for America today announced an innovative partnership to connect residents with affordable housings options through a 2019 fellowship program. The program pairs local Code for America Brigade technologists with local government, using technology and the principles of delivery-driven government to create long-lasting change that will transform the way government serves the public from the inside out.
Building on the original Code for America Fellowship model, the Community Fellowship bridges the talent gap in the tech and public service sectors by giving government staff the experience of working with technologists, and technologists the experience of working in government jobs. The 2019 Miami Community Fellowship Team will work with City of Miami government professionals over a six-month period to build an affordable housing data portal that connects disadvantaged residents with affordable housing options.
“The City of Miami is excited to partner with Code for America and its’ 2019 fellows to improve the way our organization serves the people of the Magic City, and specifically those in need of housing assistance,”said Miami City Manager Emilio Gonzalez. “This is a valuable partnership for both our workers and the fellows, and it’s one that reinforces the City’s broader commitment to driving innovation into every aspect of our public service work.”
Code for America chose seven projects for the 2019 Community Fellowships. In addition to Miami, cities chosen for the program include: Buffalo, Charlotte, Durham, Indianapolis, Santa Monica and Savannah. Individuals selected for the 2019 Community Fellowship cohort come from diverse backgrounds. Nearly 60 percent of this year’s cohort is female, and 35 percent of the class is Black.
“Code for America’s Community Fellowship program is at the core of our mission, making government that works in the digital age,” said Hashim Mteuzi, senior manager for Network Talent Initiative at Code for America. “This program allows people to solve real problems that are affecting their community. We are excited to connect our Brigade talent with Miami to make a sustainable impact on these communities.”
Code for America Fellows will spend six months working with government staff, researching user needs, meeting with key stakeholders, and improving service delivery to vulnerable populations. The product could be an early-stage application, an improved procurement process, an open data release, or other projects that improve the delivery of a government service or function, at a fraction of the typical cost to taxpayers.
About Code for America
Code for America believes government must work for the people, and by the people, in the digital age, starting with the people who need it most. We build digital services that enhance government capabilities, and we help others do the same across all levels of government. Through the help of thousands of volunteers across nearly 80 chapters nationwide, we have improved governments in various local communities and served as a catalyst for technological advancement. Our goal: a 21st century government that effectively and equitably serves all Americans.