More than 500 people supported our crowdfunding campaign in March 2020

“On one freezing night in February 2019, I was walking home when I passed a man who was lying on the
street, covered only by a thin sheet. My heart went out to him. I’d already taken a few steps when

something stopped me. I had to go back.

For a long time, I listened to him and understood his situation.

One of the toughest problems he faces on a daily basis is that he has nowhere safe to store his things,
and that’s how the idea of Makom started to take shape in my mind.”


– Niv Balosh, Project Founder

Helping Homeless People, on the Street.

Makom - Lockers for Homeless

Helping Homeless People on the Street

Our project coordinator and team of volunteers approach people experiencing homelessness all over
the city, providing reliable, ongoing mental and physical assistance.

Locating & Connecting with Homeless People

Ongoing Physical & Mental Assistance

Storage Lockers

Housing, Rehabilitation & Rights

2 weekly tours by our coordinator and volunteer team

Weekly conversations, availability by phone, and providing heating equipment, bedding, and food helps them feel like someone out there really cares

Providing access to lockers, helping homeless people reorganize their lives

Assisting homeless people when requesting benefits to which they are entitled from various authorities, helping them to regain control of their lives

Housing, Rehabilitation & Rights

Assisting homeless people when requesting benefits to which they are entitled from various authorities, helping them to regain control of their lives

Storage Lockers

Providing access to lockers, helping homeless people reorganize their lives

Ongoing Physical & Mental Assistance

Weekly conversations, availability by phone, and providing heating equipment, bedding, and food helps them feel like someone out there really cares

Locating & Connecting with Homeless People

2 weekly tours by our coordinator and volunteer team

Innovative Action & Assessment Approach

Our Makom – Street Work© app tracks and analyzes the status of homeless people in the city while also documenting the coordinator’s ongoing work.

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people assisted by the project
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city tours to locate homeless people
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people helped to receive benefits
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registered with the local Emergency Shelter
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are no longer homeless

Innovative Action & Assessment Approach

Our Makom – Street Work© app tracks and analyzes the status of homeless people in the city while also
documenting the coordinator’s ongoing work.

0
registered with the local Emergency Shelter
0
people helped to receive benefits
0
are no longer homeless
0
people assisted by the project
0
city tours to locate homeless people
Personal nameplate emphasizes each user’s ownership and individuality
Sloping roof drains rainwater away from the user
Mail box
Number enables identification and serves as a mailing address
Special robust locking mechanism protects against burglars
Suitable for storing a mattress, blanket, and bag
3cm thick damage-resistant metal structure

Our Lockers

These lockers help us to connect and build trust with people experiencing homelessness, and are designed to help relieve the stress caused by constant worrying about where to store their belongings.

By placing these lockers in a central, open, well-lit location monitored by CCTV, they are safe to use, can be seen from all around, and blend into the urban fabric, reducing the chance of vandalism.

(Mouse over the icons in the picture to learn more about the lockers)

These lockers help us to connect and build trust with people experiencing homelessness, and are designed to help relieve the stress caused by constant worrying about where to store their belongings.

By placing these lockers in a central, open, well-lit location monitored by CCTV, they are safe to use, can be seen from all around, and blend into the urban fabric, reducing the chance of vandalism.

(Mouse over the icons in the picture to learn more about the lockers)

Our Vision

Helping people experiencing homelessness, with empathy and without judgment.

We believe that everyone can get back on their feet, and we work tirelessly to help people receive appropriate benefits in order to achieve this.

Cooperation is the key to success, so we collaborate with Jerusalem’s existing municipal ecosystem.


“I was on the street for 6 years and barely spoke to a soul. I felt completely alone. Then Eviatar and the Makom team started coming to my corner every week for four months. They helped me get a stipend, a cell phone with a SIM card, food and clothes. Now I’m sleeping in a shelter and, God willing, I’ll soon be moving into an apartment. The team and the social worker help me look for a job so I can stay on my feet. They got to me just in time.”

Our Team

The Makom project operates under the auspices of Home Base, a non-profit organization that has been working with homeless people in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem since 2013, helping them successfully integrate back into society.

Omri Abramovich

Manager, Home Base
Inspired by the humanist tradition, I work with “forgotten” people on the margins of society.

Eviatar Cohen

Project Coordinator
I believe in the power of people to make a difference and also advocate a “harm reduction” approach.

Niv Balosh

Project Founder
A conversation with a homeless man on a particularly cold winter night led me to establish the Makom project.

Ori Halperin

Locker Designer & Technical Manager
My locker design came from an in-depth study of homeless people’s needs, as well as similar projects worldwide.

Ori Shoham

CEO, Home Base
I combine political action with social awareness – you have to create change from within.

Strategic Partners & Supporters

The Makom project is carried out in collaboration with the Jerusalem Municipality and Emergency Shelter.

JTLV Investments

“I admire how you have approached such a complex issue in a way that is unconventional but has the potential to make a huge impact.”

Doron Livnat

“I support Makom because they’re taking on a tough challenge at the heart of Israeli society with extraordinary creativity.”

Jerusalem Municipality

“This exciting professional cooperation has enabled us to enhance our ability to locate people experiencing homelessness and help them receive appropriate benefits with the assistance of our social workers.”

Studio H2O

“The studio is very proud to participate in such a significant project. We are happy to have this opportunity to prove the great importance of design in making a topic accessible. Accessibility leads to a fundamental change in how we perceive the world.”

BeerBazaar

“BeerBazaar is about Beer for Good and supporting our local communities. Makom is playing a crucial role in helping solve our homeless challenge by significantly improving their quality of life and starting them on a path to independence.”

Rise.ai

'Makom' have taken upon themselves a challenging mission, it touches the weakest among us, and can rehabilitate them. its out honor, to provide assistance for this noble cause.

Advisory Committee

Ortal Sigler

CEO, Branding Firm
Giving Makom its form, color, and personality.

Shira Eting

Associate, Venture Capital Fund
Facilitating connections and collaborations to move Makom forward.

Gilad Heimann

Representative, Project Advisory Committee
Encourages innovative thinking, transparency, and excellence throughout the Makom project.

Rachel Benziman

Attorney & Social Entrepreneur
Formulates the understanding and hones the insights behind Makom.

Makom Milestones

February 2019

Niv’s lengthy conversation with a homeless man launches the initial idea.

February 2019
April 2019

A chance meeting with the mayor of Jerusalem gives us the green light to start work.

April 2019
May 2019

We build the project’s operational model in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality and Home Base.

May 2019
February 2020

Crowdfunding for the project’s first year reaches its goal in just 5 days.

February 2020
April 2020

Home Base hires a part-time coordinator and starts work on the streets of Jerusalem.

April 2020
December 2020

We set up 12 lockers in the city center.

December 2020
April 2021

The Makom app goes live and our coordinator becomes a full-time position.

April 2021

Get in Touch

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Mailing Address: 30 Melchett Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6523417

 

Contact Phone:

058-399-0520

 

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