Technology Partners

Thanks to our technology partners, Open Doors is bringing greater speed and efficiency to the work of addressing homelessness

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An introduction between Open Doors Board Chair Aaron Goldman and RentPath CEO Marc Lefar led to a full-scale partnership to address Atlanta homelessness. “It became clear to me that Open Doors was involved in a very noble venture – trying to find affordable housing for people who were in desperate need,” Lefar explained. “The first 5,000 people Open Doors placed were all matched manually in a process that was incredibly labor-intensive.”

Lefar immediately saw that Open Doors’ matching process could be handled with greater automation, in a process similar to RentPath’s websites ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com. He quickly committed both intellectual property and software engineering talent to help automate the system.

Charter Global, an IT services and staffing company, donated thousands of skilled programming hours to help RentPath build the property locator concept into a successful platform. Charter Global is committed to being “part of the solution” to homelessness in Atlanta.

SalesForce, the global leader in Customer Relationship Management software, donates its platform for use by Open Doors. The cloud-based system helps manage daily operations (property contacts, non-profit contacts, donor data base, and active projects) to make Open Doors even more effective.

Georgia Institute of Technology, ranked #8 among all public U.S. universities, contributes student volunteer talent to Open Doors through “Bits of Good,” a student-run Georgia Tech College of Computing organization that connects talented undergraduate software developers with local Atlanta non-profits. The group has named Open Doors as a sponsored project for 2019.