Connect Home USA is a movement to bridge the digital divide for HUD-assisted housing residents in the United States. The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority (LDCHA) joined ConnectHome USA in 218. To be able to meet this goal, the LDCHA teamed up with local internet provider RG Fiber. Their efforts have been nothing short of amazing!
Lawrence Douglas County Housing Authority’s “main objective is to be good stewards of the housing programs it is charged with managing and administering. We are committed to serving all our residents, participants, and the public in a manner consistent with the principles of respect, fairness and equity. We are dedicated to ensuring that the policies and practices we follow foster both resident responsibility and program integrity. We recognize and seek to balance our duty and responsibility to our residents, our property and the public trust.”(LDCHA, 2020).
The LDCHA is a Moving to Work (MTW) agency which allows for investment in tenant services to promote self-sufficiency. Through the MTW program, LDCHA was able to invest in the infrastructure needed to bring internet to every household in Edgewood Homes FOR FREE. Located at 1600 Haskell Avenue in Lawrence, KS, Edgewood homes are home of 130 public housing units with 287 tenants, which include 136 children.
The critical need for everyone to have access to high speed internet became clear in 2020 when the global Covid-19 pandemic hit. As schools, workplaces, and doctors’ offices closed their doors, those without internet access were left behind. RG Fiber couldn’t let that happen.
Edgewood tenants are so excited for the ConnectHomeUSA program:
“I am working from home due to Covid and my three kids are doing remote schooling. This will change our lives by allowing us to be all on the internet at once”. – Edgewood Tenant
“This is going to save me over $80 a month” – Edgewood Tenant
RG Fiber was able to provide all the internet needed services for Edgewood property free of charge to each tenant.