The District of Columbia Housing Authority has been selected as one of 28 cities and housing authorities by President Obama and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in an initiative to extend affordable broadband access to families living in HUD-assisted housing.

Building on the Obama Administration’s goal to expand high speed broadband to all Americans, ConnectHome,is a program Internet Service Providers, non-profits and the private sector will offer very affordable broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs, and possibly devices for DCHA residents. ConnectHome also meshes well with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Connect.DC program. 

“America’s challenge in this 21st century is to remain the world’s undisputed land of opportunity, said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “By expanding broadband adoption, ConnectHome will provide more Americans with the same high-speed access to knowledge and opportunity that millions of people already enjoy.” 

Despite this significant progress and investment in high speed internet, one in four American families still don’t access the internet at home, particularly lower-income families with children. While nearly two-thirds of America’s lowest-income households own a computer, less than half have a home internet subscription. HUD’s ConnectHome initiative strives to ensure that students can access the same level of high-speed Internet at home that they possess in their classrooms.

“We are thrilled to participate in the president’s initiative to expand access to broadband internet in our communities,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “This builds upon our Wireless Internet Action Plan that has already provided Internet access to 1,400 residents in eight of our communities, as well as our STEM programming.”

Todman added, “These initiatives and others like it contribute to the Mayor's vision to create pathways to the middle-class."

The initiative allows DCHA to work with private, non-profit, and public partners to develop a plan to build out its own ConnectHome framework. As more information is available, DCHA will reach out to the communities that will benefit.   

Other cities and one tribal nation that are participating in ConnectHome are:

Albany, GA; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Baton Rouge, LA; Boston, MA; Camden, NJ; Choctaw Nation, OK; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Fresno, CA; Kansas City, MO; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; Macon, GA; Memphis, TN; Meriden, CT; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Rockford, IL; San Antonio, TX; Seattle, WA; Springfield, MA; and Tampa, FL.

For more information and a complete listing of private sector commitments for ConnectHome visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2015/chomefactsheet

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