Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rhode Island First State to Join ConnectHome Nation

RIHousing, in partnership with the RI Office of Innovation, was selected as one of 30 communities participating in the ConnectHome Nation initiative, which aims to end the digital divide in public housing across the United States. Rhode Island is the first state to join the initiative.

“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, the national nonprofit implementing ConnectHome Nation. “We are so excited to welcome Rhode Island to this new cohort of communities who are committed to changing the life trajectory of some of the most in need in our country.”

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 HUD-assisted housing by 2020.

To learn more about ConnectHome Nation, visit www.connecthomenation.org.