Low income households may qualify for free internet

Low income households may qualify for free internet

CHARLEVOIX — The Charlevoix Housing Commission announced immediate availability of internet access and tablets as part of the commission’s continued commitment to bridge the internet divide for low-income households.

The free tablets and internet access will enable Pine River Place residents to become connected with the internet and help develop progression into the tech world, said Kim Johnson, executive director at the Charlevoix Housing Commission.

“The internet is a necessity for all. One cannot apply for jobs, benefits and other services without access to it any longer. Low-income households should not have to pay exorbitant rates for internet access, and thanks to the partnership with T-Mobile, we’re able to bridge that divide for our residents,” Johnson said.

Some residents have already benefited from internet access and Android tablets as part of the commission’s commitment to bridging the internet divide for low-income households. The tablets have access to some of the agency’s frequently used policies such as housekeeping and fire safety.

The tablets also have been loaded with learning apps for the children and links to the Social Security website and other websites. Residents can load their resumes, via the tablets, in the Michigan Talent Bank for job search capabilities.

Brian Dicker and Chris Zellner, with T-Mobile, recently committed to deploying internet access and Android tablets to the Mount Pleasant, Charlevoix and Bangor Housing Commissions, Johnson said.

“Internet access, and simply the opportunity to have access to a device that one can have on hand to respond to emails, make online requests or inquiries and conduct job searches has been an impediment for many households due to their very limited income,” Johnson said. “For the housing commission to be able to partner with T-Mobile and provide this service as part of our mission toward empowerment for low-income families to become more self-sufficient and successful is a real blessing.”

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