Access to the Internet affects the way we learn, manage social services, engage in business, and interact with each other. Here are some resources to help you get connected.
If you live in HUD-assisted housing in one of the ConnectHome/ConnectHomeUSA communities, please contact your Office of Resident Services or similar office.
If you do not live in HUD-assisted housing in one of the ConnectHomeUSA communities, view options below to get connected and benefit from use of the Internet.
Visit our partner EveryoneOn's website for a list of affordable Internet, computers, and digital training providers in your ZIP Code: http://everyoneon.org.
As of December 2016, the Lifeline Program offers users the choice (where applicable) to apply their benefit to one of three types of service offerings:
- Fixed or mobile broadband,
- Fixed or mobile voice-only (to be phased out by the end of 2021 with the exception of certain areas), or
- Bundles of fixed or mobile voice and broadband.
To learn more, visit http://lifelinesupport.org.
View additional discounted offers from ConnectHome stakeholders, paying close attention to eligibility criteria.
Accessing the Internet is the first step. Your family needs to know what the Internet can help them do and how to stay safe while doing it. Here are some ideas to maximize your Internet access:
- Learn basic computer skills and more at http://digitalliteracy.gov and https://www.techgoeshome.org/schoolandcommunity (materials are also available in Spanish)
- Contact your child's school to learn how to communicate with their teacher and view grades online
- Contact your bank to learn how to view your account online
- View Common Sense Media's resources to learn what entertainment is appropriate for your child's age
- Learn about banking, credit reports, mortgages, and loans from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Encourage your young child's learning with Public Broadcasting Service and Age of Learning's ABCmouse (ABCmouse offers free service to ConnectHomeUSA PHAs)
- Encourage your older child's learning with College Board