PCs for People partners with Mobile Beacon and the City of Austin Digital Inclusion Program (PDF) to provide free computers to low-income individuals that need access to a home computer. CTN will provide on-site basic literacy skills training and ongoing support to recipients of the devices.
Through the Bridging the Gap program (PDF), PCs for People will distribute 300+ refurbished computers and 4G LTE mobile hotspots with three months of unlimited internet service to eligible low-income individuals and families in Austin, Texas. CTN will provide basic computer skills training and one-on-one technical assistance during the distribution event and will continue providing ongoing digital literacy classes throughout the city of Austin.
“People’s access to technology has become an important part of every effort to fight hunger, poverty, inequality, and countless other social causes,” says Katherine Messier, executive director of Mobile Beacon. “Through Bridging the Gap, we have an additional way to help nonprofits, schools, and libraries connect more families to the first-class technology they need to fully participate in today’s digital world.”
The distribution event will take place on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at El Buen Samaritano, 7000 Woodhue Drive, Austin, TX 78745.
Bridging the Gap is a nonprofit-led initiative of PCs for People and Mobile Beacon that helps community anchor institutions like housing authorities, schools, libraries, and nonprofits provide affordable computers and internet service to individuals and families below the 200 percent poverty level.