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9: Securing Funds

Securing funds to help residents obtain computers and tablets and connect to the Internet at home must be at the forefront of your community’s strategy to narrow the digital divide. While traditional fundraising can be one source of funding, this chapter walks you through the various funding sources that are available as well as steps for successfully identifying and securing funds.

10: Engaging Residents

Meaningful engagement of HUD-assisted residents is the best way to integrate your community in the successful implementation of the action plan. The most effective communicators of the benefits to the community are often the residents themselves. This chapter provides some best practices identified in effectively engaging residents in the implementation of ConnectHome.

11: Partnering with Schools

The lack of Internet connectivity at home presents learning challenges for unconnected students and their families. Students without home Internet access are often at a loss because much student learning and instruction is facilitated online. The natural partner for addressing the connectivity “homework gap” are the schools in your ConnectHome community. This chapter provides some helpful tips on how to partner with your school district.

12: Tracking Progress

Tracking progress is essential for learning what is and what is not working, assessing the impact of your community’s efforts, fine-tuning your goals or setting new ones, and demonstrating your success. In this Playbook, you will learn about various models for tracking new connections and tips for sharing your success.