THE CONNECTHOME PILOT PROGRAM
2015 - 2018
HUD’s ConnectHome pilot program was launched in 2015 to address the “homework gap” for students in grades K-12 living in public and Indian housing. While in school, public housing students typically have access to the Internet, but once they go home, the Internet is often unavailable due mostly to the cost of Internet service, the cost of devices, or both. To address this problem, HUD issued a Federal Register Notice asking interested public housing authorities and tribes to join forces with their city municipal leadership to close this gap in their communities. Twenty-eight communities were selected to participate. The twenty-eight communities, working hand-in-hand with private sector stakeholders that made commitments to support this work, helped connect approximately X # of households to the Internet, provided hundreds of hours of digital literacy training, and distributed thousands of free or low-cost devices.
This website contains information about the work of the ConnectHome pilot communities.
The Expansion Program – ConnectHomeUSA
2017 - Present
Thanks to the success of the pilot, in 2017, HUD asked EveryoneOn, its nonprofit partner in this endeavor, to lead the expansion program, ConnectHomeUSA. The goal of ConnectHomeUSA is to reach 100 communities by 2021 and connect residents, regardless of age, to the promise of the Digital Age. Currently, 56 communities are participating and have helped connect over 52,000 households to broadband. To learn more about ConnectHomeUSA, please visit: http://www.connecthomeusa.org/.