Today, everything from education to healthcare, employment, and social connection hinges on an individual's access to a reliable broadband connection. In the hope that our members are as well-positioned as possible to help provide their residents with internet access, CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative has created a comprehensive list of each state's broadband director(s) and their contact information. If you are looking to implement digital access for your residents or enhance services you already offer, reaching out to your state broadband director is a great place to start to learn about resources—including funding—available to your PHA.
CLPHA is pleased to announce that 15 of our members received a combined more than $4 million in grants from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that will help bridge the digital divide for their communities!
The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) is one of the leading housing authorities in the field of digital equity, offering several services to residents to improve digital inclusion. Eight years ago, HACA identified that their residents were missing out on the many online services and opportunities due to the digital divide – that is, the gap between those who have consistent access to modern information and communications networks, technology, and devices and those who do not.
Published in November 2022, Connecting Hope: How Public Housing Authorities Bridge the Digital Divide discusses the current landscape of the digital divide, efforts to advance digital equity at the federal level, and Housing Is’ past, current, and future advocacy work in this space on behalf of public housing authorities and the low-income families they serve. The publication also highlights examples of how PHAs are leading efforts in their communities to provide internet access, devices, digital literacy training, and technological support for their residents. Most importantly, Connecting Hope offers several policy and funding recommendations to federal decision makers and stakeholders that would help PHAs continue to connect their residents to the digital world and address challenges that housing authorities have faced in doing so.