AT&T and Cleveland Housing Network Connect Low-Income Residents
250 Cleveland Families Will Receive Internet and Technology Packages to Provide Educational, Job and Workforce Opportunities
Cleveland, Ohio, October 4, 2007
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced an agreement with the Cleveland Housing Network to bring technology resources to 250 low-income Cleveland families. Additionally, two Habitat partners — the Greater Cleveland Area Habitat for Humanity and the Lake County Habitat for Humanity — were on hand to mark 50 additional installations in the Cleveland area. Through a unique collaboration with One Economy Corp., Habitat for Humanity affiliates and low-income housing providers such as the Cleveland Housing Network, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation — the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. — are delivering technology packages, including high speed Internet access, to 50,000 low-income families across the country by 2009.
Participating Cleveland Housing Network households will receive two years of AT&T broadband Internet donated by the company. Families will also have the opportunity to purchase a discounted technology package that includes a computer and desktop software. The program will also provide local families with technology training. Qualified Habitat for Humanity families will receive a free new Dell workstation with Microsoft Office 2003.
"Having online access is a powerful tool to help improve our residents' economic well-being," said Rob Curry, executive director of the Cleveland Housing Network. "Through this partnership, residents will have the opportunity to improve their lives by improving their job skills and helping their children succeed in school."
"This is a tremendous blessing for me and my family," said Monique Menefee, a Cleveland technology access recipient. "Getting connected online at home will help me become a better college student and mother. Instead of running back and forth to get homework done, I can spend more quality time with my daughter."
"In today's world, having access to technology is vital to the success of individuals and their families," state Sen. Lance Mason said. "Through this investment and public-private partnership, we are providing wonderful opportunities to many deserving families right here in Cleveland."
"AT&T is committed to improving educational opportunities and changing lives, and the AT&T/One Economy program will make a positive impact on underserved communities for many years to come," said Connie Browning, president of AT&T Ohio.
One Economy Corp., a global nonprofit organization dedicated to maximizing the potential of technology for low-income families, is working with local organizations such as the Cleveland Housing Network to equip households with an in-kind donation of Internet access and a discounted technology package, which includes a computer and desktop software.
Other partners who have joined the program are Microsoft, Dell, Siemens and Intel.
In-home technology access is especially important for schoolchildren, according to a recent U.S. Department of Education report. Limited access can diminish a student's opportunity to research assignments, explore college scholarships or just get comfortable going online. Although the research shows that African-Americans and Hispanics are far less likely to use computers at home, the issue goes beyond racial lines. Thirty-seven percent of families with an annual income of less than $20,000 use computers at home, compared with 88 percent of families with an annual income of more than $75,000.
The approach taken by the AT&T/One Economy program — combining computer equipment, Internet access, training and content — already has proved to be effective in a pilot program that was conducted by One Economy. Based on a comparison with a national study of Internet users conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, participants in One Economy's Digital Communities pilot program are:
- Using the Internet at nearly twice the rate of other low-income Americans.
- Improving job performance, health outcomes and community connections through engaging in specific online activities — such as enrolling in Web-based courses — at rates higher than other low-income Internet users.
- e Economy Corp. serves as the nation's major connector between low-income people and the telecommunications and technology industries. The organization is a catalyst for creating wired and Wi-Fi and wireless solutions that help developers, public housing authorities, nonprofits, Native American tribes and municipalities bring the power of information to underserved communities. Its multilingual self-help Web portal, http://theBeehive.org, has connected more than 11 million people to the economic mainstream.
AT&T is committed to investing in programs that enhance and enable success in education for students of all ages. The AT&T Foundation supports initiatives that help students throughout the higher education continuum: the successful completion of high school; preparation for and entrance to college; and degree completion and graduation. Additionally, the Foundation supports organizations that integrate technology into daily classroom instruction and administration activities, develop community and civic leadership and encourage workforce development.
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About Cleveland Housing Network
Since 1981, Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) has generated more than $364 million in capital investments in Cleveland neighborhoods, developing 3,750 homes and delivering energy conservation/home repair services to 71,000 households across Northeast Ohio. For over 25 years, Cleveland Housing Network has built highly effective and ongoing programs and funding partnerships with a host of individuals and organizations throughout the community. This well-established network of 22 constituent community development corporations, government agencies and officials, banks, corporations, foundations and academic and religious institutions helps sustain the organization and maximize its benefit to the greater Cleveland region.
About One Economy Corporation
One Economy Corporation is a global nonprofit organization that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people, giving them valuable tools for building better lives and entering the economic mainstream. We help bring broadband into the homes of low-income people, employ youth to train their community members to use technology effectively, and provide socially responsible media properties that offer a wealth of information on education, jobs, health care and other vital issues. For more information, visit www.one-economy.com.
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