For many of us, owning a computer and connecting to the internet has become well integrated in our daily lives. Yet that is not the reality for many low-income families and children across San Joaquin County. ConnectHome SJC is part of a larger effort, ConnectHomeUSA, which aims to bridge the digital divide for HUD-assisted housing residents in the United States under the leadership of national nonprofit EveryoneOn.
The Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin (HACSJ) was selected in 2017 to participate in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ConnectHomeUSA initiative. While HACSJ has a broader focus to provide affordable internet access to public housing communities across the County, under ConnectHome SJC, HACSJ will work to connect designated public housing households with K-12 students.
By helping residents in participating communities to get connected at home and providing access to digital literacy and educational content, we aim to make public housing a platform for change. ConnectHomeUSA creates a platform for community leaders, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and private industry to join together and produce locally-tailored solutions for narrowing the digital divide. Through these stakeholders’ specific commitments to provide free or low-cost broadband access, devices, and digital literacy training, ConnectHomeUSA extends affordable access to low-income families, ensuring that high-speed internet follows our children from their classrooms back to their homes.