From KSAT 12 San Antonio:
Opportunity Home San Antonio, formally known as the San Antonio Housing Authority, has been working on Wi-Fi connectivity for its residents since 2013.
In 2020, when the pandemic hit, Opportunity Home approved a $4 million plan to help give the families who live on its properties free Wi-Fi. Now that it is in full effect, the initiative has evolved to help with digital literacy and device distribution.
“As for me, I’m able to keep up with emails, apply for jobs. The public Wi-Fi is very important because I was able to apply for the RA position that I have because of the public Wi-Fi in our community center,” Yvonne Andrews said.
Andrews and her son are two of the more than 23,000 people using the program to thrive.
She said the free program has relieved financial stress.
“Not having just to pay that extra bill, It’s very important. It’s helping out a lot,” Andrews said.
Loren Dantzler, an OHSA resident and commissioner, uses her voice to help her neighbors. She told KSAT that she felt more secure with the program’s help.
“Well, you know, it eliminated a costly bill that I was previously worrying about paying. It gave me more security. That was one less thing I had to stress about,” Dantzler said.
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