Making the case for connecting low-income residents to the internet

A panel discussion on affordable housing and broadband was held at the United States of Anchors conference, hosted by the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition. At the conference, participants learned even more about why getting low-income residents connected to the internet is so important. Eighty percent of students need internet access to complete homework assignments and because 90 percent of job applications are online, all low-income residents need internet access to apply for jobs. Job seekers with at-home internet find employment seven weeks faster. Social workers can conduct virtual home visits for families with young children, making it possible to serve more families. The Free Application for Financial Student Aid will soon move entirely online, making home internet even more important for students applying for help with college tuition. Participants also heard about unique programs and partnerships, challenges for housing providers to consider in their broadband program planning and financial benefits for housing providers in getting their residents connected. Read more in this blog post.

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