Partners in White House initiative discuss progress, next steps

by | Mar 22, 2016 | Community News, News

Several organizations are working together as part of the White House’s ConnectHome initiative to make sure children living in public housing have the tools they need to succeed, including fast internet and a working device, whether it’s a laptop or tablet. Macon-Bibb is one of only 28 communities nationwide that that were selected to participate, and partners came together in February to learn how the program was going and how they can be more involved.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the meeting.

 “Kids now, particularly low income kids, are going home with no internet access. They can’t do their homework, they can’t do the research they need to do, and they can’t research colleges and opportunities,” said Ed Jennings, Southeast Regional Administrator for The Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Connectivity is the key to helping children keep learning beyond their classroom.”

Partners in this initiative include Macon-Bibb County, the Macon-Bibb County Housing Authority, Everyone On, and Cox Communications. Several churches and nonprofits are working to identify new ways to reach people in the community and make sure they know how to sign up.

To find out if you’re eligible, call the 855-222-3252 or visit www.Connect2Compete.org.

About ConnectHome
HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr., Macon-Bibb County Housing Authority CEO June Parker, and Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert joined community and civic leaders in July to announce Macon-Bibb’s selection to President Obama’s ConnectHome initiative, which is an effort to provide families living in HUD-assisted housing access to high speed broadband. Through ConnectHome, Internet Service Providers, non-profits and the private sector will offer broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs, and devices for residents in assisted housing units in 28 communities across the nation.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) selected Macon and 27 other communities through a competitive process that took into account local commitment to expanding broadband opportunities; presence of place-based programs; and other factors to ensure all are well-positioned to deliver on ConnectHome.

“By connecting local HUD assisted housing families and students to high-speed internet, we help expand their ability to access educational tools, health care services, employment opportunities, and resources to apply for college and financial-aid, said Jennings. “This is all about providing opportunity and hope for the future of America.”

“We are moving more and more towards a time when having high-speed access to the internet will be vital to the success and sustainability of our communities,” says Mayor Reichert. “Already more and more college and job applications are being done online, and we must provide our children the tools to access them. I commend the school district for making it available in the classrooms, and now we must work with our partners to make it available at home.”

Recent News

Coming together to protect our community in case of emergency

Coming together to protect our community in case of emergency

This week, our Emergency Management Agency (EMA) activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), bringing in all our department and partner agency leaders to keep an eye on Hurricane Ian’s path and prepare our community’s response for any impact we may have gotten....

Historic Macon Foundation holds Fall flea market

Historic Macon Foundation holds Fall flea market

Historic Macon’s warehouse is packed with new donations that volunteers collected for months in preparation for the nonprofit’s fall Flea Market.  The 45th annual Flea Market will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at HMF’s warehouse, located at 357 Oglethorpe St. A ticketed...

Community leaders join Mayor’s Literacy Alliance Luncheon

Community leaders join Mayor’s Literacy Alliance Luncheon

On Monday, September 26, 2022, the Macon-Bibb Mayor’s Literacy Alliance (MLA) held its inaugural Literacy Month luncheon. It was hosted by the Bibb County School District at its Professional Learning Center. Some of guests in attendance included Mayor Lester Miller,...

Red Cross, EMA offering Shelter Training Course

Red Cross, EMA offering Shelter Training Course

When Hurricanes Irma and Matthew were bearing down on the East and Gulf Coasts, hundreds of people evacuated to Macon-Bibb County, and the American Red Cross of Central Midwest Georgia worked with Macon-Bibb’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Recreation...

Randy Stephens Tennis Center named best facility in the nation

Randy Stephens Tennis Center named best facility in the nation

The Randy Stephens Tennis Center is one of the best tennis facilities in our region, and it’s also being recognized nationally. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) named Randy Stephens Tennis Center one of 33 winners in the its annual Outstanding Facility...

What’s Happening?: District 7

What’s Happening?: District 7

District 7 has a lot of great things happening from new additions to public parks, to job growth to industry expansion. District 7 Commissioner Bill Howell is staying on top of making sure his constituents are getting what they need in their community.  The Sarah...