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Affordable Housing advocates & state lawmakers to host press conference calling for Universal Broadband Access in Affordable Housing

On Friday, March 11, advocates for affordable housing will unveil the findings from a new report and detail how New York State can eliminate the digital divide in the state’s affordable housing stock. The press conference will begin at 11 am and take place at 796 Putnam Avenue in Brooklyn and will be led by the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) and HR&A Associates, which conducted the report.

Among others, NYSAFAH and HR&A will be joined by Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas from New York State Homes and Community Renewal, housing chairs New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assembly Member and Steven Cymbrowitz.


The event serves as the launch of the new report, which provides details as to how New York can permanently implement affordable broadband in its affordable housing stock. The Affordable Housing Broadband Initiative (AHBI) outlines specific areas of investment and sources for funding, including federal and state resources which aim to mend the lack of digital access.

If fully realized, AHBI could address common and foundational barriers to broadband access, affordability, and adoption:


  • Ensure that every tenant has affordable, reliable broadband service at home
  • Deliver best-in-class broadband infrastructure
  • Change broadband delivery economics for property owners and ISPs
  • Unlock new economic, educational, and civic opportunities for tenants through broadband adoption, digital upskilling, and job creation

WHO*:

  • Jolie Milstein, President and CEO of NYSAFAH
  • RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
  • Steven Cymbrowitz, New York State Assembly Member
  • Brian Kavanagh, New York State Senator

*Speaker list is under formation 

WHAT:

Affordable Housing Broadband Initiative Press Conference

WHERE:

796 Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11221

WHEN:

11 am, Friday, March 11, 2022

For more information and to RSVP, please contact: [email protected]



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