Home Forward, the housing authority serving Portland/Multnomah County, was selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of ConnectHome Nation, the innovative program to end the digital divide in public housing across the United States.
Portland is one of 30 communities selected through an open application process led by EveryoneOn.
In May 2017, EveryoneOn announced the expansion of the ConnectHome pilot initiative, which launched in 2015 in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and was created to bridge the digital divide in 28 pilot communities. Rebranded ConnectHome Nation, the goal of the initiative is to expand to 100 communities and connect 350,000 people living in the HUD)-assisted housing by 2020.
“ConnectHome and now ConnectHome Nation is a first of its kind, public private partnership that is committed to ending the digital divide in public housing across the United States,” said Chike Aguh, chief executive officer of EveryoneOn. “We are so excited to welcome Home Forward/Portland to this new cohort of communities who are committed to changing the life trajectory of some of the most in need in our country.”
Please follow along here as we provides updates to our progress. To learn more about ConnectHome Nation, visit www.connecthomenation.org.