Digital Divide: Public-Private Partnership for Funders

There is no way to achieve the American dream without being connected to the Internet.

In August, 30 communities were selected to participate in ConnectHomeUSA, an important program working in partnership with your city’s leadership and housing authority to help some of your community’s most vulnerable populations bridge the digital divide. They join 28 pilot communities selected when it began as a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ConnectHomeUSA expanding under the leadership of a national nonprofit organization, EveryoneOn, to 100 communities by 2020. This program will bring resources to your community from the private sector, federal government and local government.

The Council on Foundations is pleased to host an informational call to share more information about this program for funders with a representative from EveryoneOn and NTIA’s BroadbandUSA program, which will be offering technical assistance to the ConnectHome communities.

Resources

Check out the Council's recently hosted webinar, How Essential is Broadband in Your Community, to learn about free resources.

Why does the Digital Divide matter?

The Problem

The Internet has transformed our world, yet 1 in 4 households are without home access. Disproportionately from low-income and minority communities, these populations remain isolated from our digital society.

The Solution

Public-private partnership to eliminate the digital divide by making affordable Internet, low-cost computers, and free digital literacy courses available to all unconnected U.S. residents.

Selected Communities for the ConnectHome Nation Initiative

  • Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA)
  • City of Phoenix Housing Department
  • ConnectHome Nation - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Alliance
  • Edinburg Housing Authority
  • Elm City Communities dba New Haven Housing Authority
  • Greensboro Housing Authority
  • Herkimer Housing Authority
  • Home Forward (f.k.a. Housing Authority of Portland)
  • Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh (HACP) ; Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHAP) ; City of Pittsburgh
  • Housing Authority County of San Joaquin (HACSJ)
  • Housing Authority of Salt Lake City
  • Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville
  • Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro
  • Housing Authority of the City of Wilson
  • Louisville Metro Housing Authority
  • Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
  • MOWA Choctaw Housing Authority
  • North Little Rock Housing Authority
  • Northern Ponca Housing Authority
  • Pasco County Housing Authority
  • Red Cliff Tribe
  • Renton Housing Authority
  • Rhode Island Office of Innovation & Rhode Island Housing
  • Sanford Housing Authority
  • Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority
  • St. Louis County and City
  • The Housing Authority of the City of Prichard
  • Tuskegee Housing Authority
  • Westmoreland County Housing Authority
  • Winnebago County Housing Authority