Friday, August 6, 2021
BALTIMORE, MD (Friday August 6, 2021) – Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott joined the Baltimore City Office of Information and Technology (BCIT), Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and PCs for People at Gilmor Homes in West Baltimore to register residents for free Internet services and provide computers to the HABC resident connection an event.
Free internet services are available to eligible applicants under the federal Broadband Emergency Benefit (EBB) program created to help low-income households stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. HABC residents were able to sign up for free internet service through EBB with their choice of provider.
“Lack of access to technology for remote work, virtual learning and telehealth continues to undermine the potential of our communities” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. âThe pandemic may have exacerbated the digital divide. It is imperative that we remain focused on the laser to ensure that all residents of the city are connected to the internet and have access to a device. The HABC Resident Connect event is an example of the importance of public – private partnerships in Baltimore. It will take all of us to work to bridge the digital divide and provide these crucial technological resources to the Baltimoreans. “
In addition to the free Internet service, PCs for People has also distributed hundreds of refurbished computers for free. In 2020, Baltimore City signed a memorandum of understanding with nonprofit PCs for people allowing city agencies to donate retired computers and electronics to local students and families in need, rather than sending this technology to the landfill.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development also awarded HABC $ 15,000 in grants to further reduce the cost of devices for participating residents.
âThanks to Mayor Scott and PCs for People, we can now enable more members of our communities to connect with their schools, friends and extended families. ” said Janet Abrahams, President of HABC. “It’s a move towards fairness and opportunity for these families and a better likelihood of upward mobility.”
HABC residents who have questions about the Resident Connect event can contact HABC Program Assistant, Doris Johnson at 410-396-2967.