NORTH CONWAY, NH, July 27, 2022 (WORLD NEWS CABLE) — digitality and the Jersey City Housing Authority will deliver 75 computers to young people who need them for their education, at a public event at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 28, at the Booker T. Washington development in Jersey City, New Jersey. In all, more than 300 computers will be given to JCHA youth over the next year.
The event is one of several giveaways in the New York City area for Digitunity, a national nonprofit that bridges the technology gap by connecting low-income people to the computers they need. Digitunity believes that access to a computer at home has become vital for people to be successful both in school and financially.
“In the current educational system, kids they need a computer at home to research and run the applications they need for homework and projects. Yet a third of Black and Hispanic households don’t have that resource,” said Scot Henley, CEO of Digitunity. “Providing these computers helps bridge the digital divide. That is Digitunity’s mission. We are delighted to partner with the Jersey City Housing Authority and Electronic Access Foundation to help these young people.”
the Electronic The Access Foundation is a nonprofit organization and partner of Digitunity that sources surplus electronic equipment from corporations, universities, and other groups and donates it to other qualified charities.
The Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA), created in 1938, provides affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities. It manages around 7,100 homes, home to more than 15,000 people. JCHA administrators thank both groups for their support.
“Digitunity and our local partner, the Electronic Access Foundation, have played a critical role in advancing JCHA’s digital inclusion initiatives since 2019,” said JCHA Executive Director Vivian Brady-Phillips.
“Through donations of refurbished computers, EAF has provided computers that enabled JCHA to develop on-site computer labs at four of our public housing developments and provided computers directly to families. With these resources, JCHA leverages local nonprofits to host digital literacy classes and provide computer access to residents without devices at home. This latest initiative with AT&T will allow nearly 300 of its youngest residents to have computers at home to truly access a 21st century education.”
A portion of the computer donations will be distributed to JCHA youth who attend the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County. Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fullop said the initiative was another example of the city employing creative approaches to help its citizens.
“In Jersey City, we have taken innovative approaches to expanding opportunities for all residents, with a focus on removing socioeconomic barriers that disproportionately affect communities of color,” Fullop said. “From promoting homeownership and self-sufficiency, to place-based community programs that support kids and older people, provide vital resources and create powerful partnerships that deliver results, including this latest initiative. The work we are doing together today will impact residents for generations to come. We want to engage local businesses in donating used computers to support digital equity for low-income families.”
To learn more about Digitunity’s mission to bridge the digital divide, visit Digitunity.org.
Since the 1980s, digitality and its predecessor organization have advanced digital inclusion by connecting technology donors with organizations serving people in need. Our mission is to ensure that everyone who needs a computer has one, along with strong Internet connectivity and digital literacy skills. To learn more about our mission, visit digitunity.org.
About the Jersey City Housing Authority
the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) it is the second largest public housing authority in New Jersey. Serving 15,000 residents in Jersey City, it is the most diverse municipality in the country. JCHA is responsible for the administration of approximately 7,100 housing units, including 2,400 public housing units and more than 4,700 Housing Choice Vouchers.
Recognizing that residents’ needs go beyond housing, JCHA established its Department of Resident Empowerment and Community Engagement (RECE) in 2018. It has developed innovative partnerships with government agencies, non-profit organizations and institutes of higher education to offer a wide range of services to residents with a focus on youth, workforce development, seniors and digital inclusion.
As a result of its contracts with Internet service providers, including Starry and Andrena, and in conjunction with FCC subsidy programs, nearly 1,500 JCHA households will have free high-speed Internet access by the end of 2022.
JCHA has been lauded as a champion of energy efficiency and green building practices, policies that promote Section 3 contracting, and an impeccable record of revitalizing distressed public housing. Additionally, its Section 8 program has been ranked among the best in the state.
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