COVID-19 and the Digital Divide
Before the pandemic, the digital divide has disportionately impacted low-income individuals and families, in particular those living in public housing, where the average annual household income is $14,473 and 50% - 60% are unconnected or underconnected (rely on their smartphone for internet access).
K-12 students in these households face a particular disadvantage since accessing critical educational platforms and content, including student portals and college planning resources, require a reliable internet connection. This in turn affects learning outcomes and educational success, including postsecondary achievement.
EveryoneOn’s COVID-19 Public Housing Connectivity Campaign
Our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign will launch a three week effort to raise $30,000 by May 22, 2020 to provide affordable high speed internet and devices, to low-income K-12 households in public housing communities across the country. Please save the date and consider a $20, $50 or $100 donation to help us reach our goal!
How does your donation help?
$10 - 1 month of affordable internet service for a K-12 household
$50 - 1 broadband router and one month of service for one K-12 household
$120 - 1 hotspot with three months of service for one student
$120 - 1 year of internet service for for one K-12 household
$175 - 1 laptop for a student
$1,200 - Help get 10 K-12 families gain access to the resources that the internet brings
Since 2012, we have helped connect more than 784,000 people to low-cost internet service, deployed thousands of computers, and delivered hundreds of hours of digital skills trainings to students, job seekers, and seniors. Beginning on #GivingTuesdayNow, we will share more information about the digital divide and how your donation, in any amount, will support our team’s efforts nationwide!
To learn about our existing digital inclusion efforts in public housing communities across the country, visit www.connecthomeusa.org