The COVID-19 pandemic has hit low-income families particularly hard. In addition to concerns about their basic physical and emotional needs, children in low-income households are experiencing dramatic educational disadvantages due in part to limited access to technology for remote learning. Children from low-income and formerly homeless households are in danger of falling even further behind socially, academically, and developmentally.
Initiative is launching a program to provide computers, internet access, and technology support for families in our homeless and affordable housing programs prior to the students’ return to school in August. Particularly if school remains entirely or partially online due to virus dangers, our families will need to be equipped so that the children can meet academic milestones and remain connected to their classmates.
Equipping our families with technological resources has additional benefits including: enabling our social work staff to work more seamlessly with families remotely, supporting parents in their efforts to develop stronger employability and life skills, and providing opportunities for enrichment programs in our housing communities.