SOCA (Socially Oriented Charitable Accommodations)

UNC Asheville students Zac Lopez-Ibanez and Sinead Abbott McCloud present their project, Socially Oriented Charitable Accommodations
  • Zac Lopez-Ibanez, Management
  • Sinead Abbott McCloud, undecided (freshman)

In order to address the immediate needs of homelessness, SOCA’s membership model channels funding to non-profit organizations by selling short-term rental owners a certification of sustainable tourism.

Following their participation in the 2017 Social Entrepreneurship Competition, Zac took the work begun in the Ideas to Action course to integrate the SOCA concept into an existing platform. He has been working with Homeward Bound and real estate agents in a program titled REACH (Real Estate Agents Combating Homelessness) to channel portions of the agent's proceeds to address homelessness. The REACH program is now extending beyond real estate agents to groups that manage and operate short-term rental properties. Zac is dedicated to pushing the SOCA concept out of the classroom into the mainstream to help end homelessness in the Asheville community.