Welcome the 2017 Cohort of ConnectHomeUSA

30 New Communities To Join ConnectHomeUSA Initiative

This is the first ConnectHomeUSA cohort, with the goal of expanding to more than 100 communities by 2020.

Washington, D.C., August 21, 2017 -- ConnectHomeUSA is proud to announce that it has selected its first new cohort of communities to join the innovative program. The 30 communities were selected after an open application process and review by EveryoneOn.

The communities include:

  • Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA), OH

  • City of Phoenix Housing Department, AZ

  • ConnectHomeUSA - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Alliance, NC

  • Edinburg Housing Authority, TX

  • Elm City Communities dba New Haven Housing Authority, CT

  • Greensboro Housing Authority, NC

  • Home Forward (f.k.a. Housing Authority of Portland), OR

  • Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh (HACP) ; Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHAP) ; City of Pittsburgh, PA

  • Housing Authority County of San Joaquin (HACSJ), CA

  • Housing Authority of Salt Lake City, UT

  • Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville, TX

  • Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro, NC

  • Housing Authority of the City of Wilson, NC

  • Louisville Metro Housing Authority, KY

  • Lumbee Tribe, NC

  • MOWA Choctaw Housing Authority, AL

  • North Little Rock Housing Authority, AR

  • Northern Ponca Housing Authority, NE

  • Pasco County Housing Authority, FL

  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, WI

  • Renton Housing Authority, WA

  • Rhode Island Office of Innovation & Rhode Island Housing, RI

  • Sanford Housing Authority, NC

  • Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority, NV

  • St. Louis Housing Authority, the Housing Authority of St. Louis County, and Housing and Community Solutions, Inc., MO

  • The Housing Authority of the City of Prichard, AL

  • Tuskegee Housing Authority, AL

  • Westmoreland County Housing Authority, PA

  • Winnebago County Housing Authority, IL

“ConnectHome and now ConnectHomeUSA is a first of its kind, public-private partnership that is committed to ending the digital divide in public housing across the United States,” said Chike Aguh, chief executive officer of EveryoneOn. “We are so excited to welcome this new cohort of communities who are committed to changing the life trajectory of some of the most in need in our country. These communities' commitment to ConnectHomeUSA shows that when you collaborate across public and private sectors, you can solve any problem.”

In May 2017, EveryoneOn announced the expansion of the ConnectHome pilot initiative, which launched in 2015 in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and was created to bridge the digital divide in 28 pilot communities. Rebranded ConnectHomeUSA, the goal of the initiative is to expand to 100 communities and connect 350,000 people living in HUD-assisted housing by 2020.

As part of this expansion, new communities will have access to the following:

  • Access to stakeholder commitments;

  • Continued assistance with stakeholder negotiation by EveryoneOn as communities seek to add new partners to the initiative;

  • Monthly webinars with EveryoneOn for help with local efforts and best practices;

  • Access to a mentorship community to help guide progress; and,

  • Access to the Digital ConnectHome Platform, which will include resources and collateral created for ConnectHome and would serve as a space for communities to connect, ask questions, and collect data.

Over the course of the initiative, ConnectHomeUSA expects to welcome more than 100 communities into its ranks, including the 30 communities announced today. These communities will be diverse in both size and geography.  

In addition, the current ConnectHome pilot communities will have the opportunity to serve as models and mentors for communities participating in ConnectHomeUSA. All communities, both pilot and new, will be involved in a community of practice, which will include mentorship meetings and a yearly ConnectHomeUSA summit.

ConnectHomeUSA will create a governing board composed of leaders from both the public and private sectors who are committed to the ConnectHome initiative and its mission.