Last week I attended the grand opening of Westbrook, a beautifully renovated housing development managed by the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC). We began partnering with them in 2018 to offer digital literacy training at four of their properties. Westbrook is the fourth location fully wired with high-speed broadband to every unit by Monkey Brains, ready for residents to access the World Wide Web. The state-of-the-art connection, tailored instruction, and laptops for graduates to take home are made possible by funding from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Pictured here you’ll find me along with many people involved in digital inclusion work in San Francisco. Some of our friends and partners shown are
- Leo Sosa, Executive Director/Founder at Dev/Mission
- Brian Roberts, Policy Analyst at City and County of San Francisco, Department of Technology
- Scott Mauvais, Civic Innovator | Director at Microsoft
- Preston Rhea, Director of Engineering, Policy Program, at Monkeybrains
- Alex Bahn, Digital Equity Manager at City and County of San Francisco, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
The event included proud speeches, community celebration, and locally made refreshments, as well as a fun ribbon cutting by Mayor Breed.
We are excited to begin offering digital literacy training and distributing devices to residents at this location. One of the newest members of our staff, Nay Carter, will be leading our training efforts at Westbrook.