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HACLA Hosts ConnectHome Local Convening in Los Angeles

Bringing together twenty public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private entities and over fifty participants, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) hosted the local ConnectHome convening at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The convening provided an opportunity to gain feedback on HACLA’s ConnectHome framework. Additionally, HACLA and its partners discussed strategies to connect households, provide computers, and develop and implement digital literacy content.

 “This program, ConnectHome, is very exciting because it should, it could, it will and can, particularly with the level of coalition and collaboration that this room contains, bust the walls down, making sure we connect,” said Greg Good, from the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office.

Additionally, the HUD Regional Director, Marcie Chavez stated, “[The] ConnectHome [convening] shows the commitment of the Housing Authority and all the partners here to level the playing field for children and families so that the possibility that technology brings are not limited to the privilege but for all.” She added that Internet access, “opens doors to greater opportunities whether to education attainment or employment opportunities. I am so proud that all of us are here today to be a part of this.”

Collaborators: Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, AARP Foundation, ABCMouse.com, Apploi, BestBuy, Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, California Emerging Technology Fund, Campaign for Grade Level Reading, College Board, EveryoneOn, GitHub, Khan Academy, Los Angeles Unified School District, OurCycle LA, PBS SoCal, SCDC, and Youth Policy Institute.

About ConnectHome: ConnectHome is an initiative to provide broadband to residents of public housing, a pilot program established by President Barack Obama in conjunction with the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro. HACLA had been selected as one of twenty-eight communities to pilot ConnectHome to close the digital divide in low-income households.

Official ConnectHome website: http://connecthome.hud.gov/

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