The City of Atlanta in partnership with the Atlanta Housing Authority and the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) launched the Atlanta’s ConnectHome pilot initiative in November 2015. ConnectHome is a platform for collaboration between local governments, public housing agencies, Internet service providers, philanthropic foundations, nonprofit organizations, and other relevant stakeholders that will produce local solutions for narrowing the digital divide.
The primary goal of Atlanta’s ConnectHome Pilot is to provide 1,200 low-income families with school-aged children, within the city, access to high-speed internet, computer devices and digital literacy training at no cost. We’ve also partnered with Atlanta Public Schools to ensure children have opportunities to extend their education into their homes via their MyBackPack Virtual Academy. Parents will, via APS Infinite Campus, will be able to interact and participate in their child’s education.
Atlanta’s Connect Home team has identified two pilot site locations within the City:
- Pilot Site 1: Martin Street Plaza and The Centers of Hope at Dunbar Recreation Center (January 2016)
- Pilot Site 2: The Centers of Hope at Adamsville Recreation center (March 2016)
- Pilot Site 3: ConnectHome Welcoming Atlanta