Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the opening of applications for the $100 million Affordable Housing Connectivity Program, a significant initiative aimed at enhancing high-speed broadband infrastructure in 100,000 affordable housing units across New York State.
This program, the largest of its kind in the nation for affordable housing connectivity, is a joint effort between Empire State Development’s ConnectALL Office and New York State Homes and Community Renewal. Funded through the Treasury Department’s Capital Projects Fund under the American Rescue Plan Act, the program underscores Governor Hochul’s commitment to ensuring access to vital internet services in affordable housing as part of a broader strategy to address New York’s housing crisis.
The Affordable Housing Connectivity Program is structured as a competitive grant, inviting internet service providers to apply for federal funds to retrofit affordable housing rental units with high-speed internet infrastructure. Property owners interested in no-cost broadband upgrades for their buildings must complete a survey to be eligible. ConnectALL will facilitate the pairing of eligible properties with suitable proposals from Internet Service Providers for the installation process. This initiative is part of Governor Hochul’s broader agenda to increase housing supply, particularly affordable housing, and includes executive actions to promote housing growth, a statewide assessment of potential housing sites, and a $25 billion plan to build and preserve 100,000 affordable homes.
This initiative aims to close the state’s digital divide and ensure all New Yorkers have access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet.
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