ConnectHome is a public-private collaboration designed to narrow the digital divide for residents living in HUD-assisted housing.
ConnectHome 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, ConnectHome extends affordable access to low-income families, ensuring that high-speed Internet follows is available to HUD-assisted residents.
The pilot program launched in 2015 in 27 cities and one tribal nation in collaboration with public housing agencies, local government, Internet service providers, and nonprofit organizations. Since then, 37% of HUD-assisted households with children in these communities have Internet access through ConnectHome.
In 2017, the expansion program, ConnectHomeUSA was launched. Led by HUD's nonprofit partner, EveryoneOn, there are currently two new cohorts of participating communities. Applications to join ConnectHomeUSA are being accepted on a rolling basis.
Timeline of Events:
SUMMER 2018: MILESTONES
The second cohort of ConnectHomeUSA communities was announced which nineteen new communities to the ConnectHomeUSA family. In addition, HUD's partner EveryoneOn announced a rolling application process allowing any interested community to apply at any time. To learn more, go here.
SUMMER 2017: MILESTONE
The first cohort of twenty-seven ConnectHomeUSA communities are selected.
SPRING 2017: MILESTONES
HUD and EveryoneOn, HUD's key partner in this work, announced the establishment of ConnectHomeUSA, the expansion of the pilot ConnectHome with a goal of onboarding 100 new communities by 2020.
SUMMER 2016: MILESTONES
Communities completed the first round of broadband expansion. Thanks to the public-private relationships created through ConnectHome, HUD-assisted households in most of the country are now eligible for low-cost high-speed Internet.
SPRING 2016: IMPLEMENTATION
Pilot communities began implementing plans.
FALL 2015: LOCAL CONVENINGS
Communities convened local stakeholders and prepared implementation plans. Learn how to host your first local convening.
SUMMER 2015: LAUNCH
The White House and HUD launched ConnectHome in July 2015 in 28 demonstration cities spanning the entire country, including metropolitan areas, cities, counties, and a tribal nation. Read the press release.
In August 2015, communities, stakeholders, and HUD leadership convened at the White House to plan for implementation. View photos.
SPRING 2015: SELECTION
In May 2015, via notice in the Federal Register (and supplemental notice), HUD asked local governments and public housing agencies that were interested in bridging the digital divide in their community to contact us for a demonstration project. According to the criteria outlined in the notice, HUD selected 28 communities with a local commitment and capacity for the work as measured by other place-based initiatives.