Community Fellowship

Code for America’s Community Fellowship program pairs community members with local government to address inequities in service delivery
Group photo of the 2019 Code for America Community Fellows
The 2019 Code for America Community Fellows

Code for America’s Community Fellowship is at the core of our work to transform people’s lives by making government work for everyone in the digital age, starting with those most marginalized. Since 2011, Code for America has worked with more than 100 government agencies on projects to break down barriers in meaningful ways, better serve communities, and transform how governments use technology.

The primary purpose of the Community Fellowship program is to resource and train community members with project-related lived experience and partner them with their local government to more effectively address inequities in service delivery. By resourcing and training those closest to the problem with the skills they need to make change in government—paired with the mindset of the digital age—we can close the gaps in service delivery better, faster, and more justly.

Our current Fellowship teams focus on the following areas:

Adams County, CO

How might Colorado’s Department of Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) prioritize delivering services to persons experiencing homelessness by identifying those in need of the greatest breadth of services in order to place them in permanent supportive housing?

Fort Collins, CO

How might the City of Fort Collins make its income-qualified programs available to eligible residents through a single, people-centered, web-based application that includes income verification?

Oakland, CA

How might the City of Oakland (and Alameda County) provide their population of people experiencing homelessness with available supportive services based on their present location?

Santa Barbara, CA

How might the County of Santa Barbara Public Defender make supportive programs and resources accessible to justice-impacted residents to improve the quality of their lives and reduce recidivism?

Meet the current fellows

Team Adams County

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Team Fort Collins

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Team Oakland

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Team Santa Barbara

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Stories FROM the fellowship

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Interested in learning more about the Community Fellowship and ways to get involved? Contact the Fellowship team