The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift to online services, making digital access an essential lifeline to sustain health and economic well-being. For millions of people of limited economic means -- a disproportionate number of whom are people of color -- little or no connectivity has deepened health and economic inequities. This includes many residents of affordable housing, who are nearly twice as likely to lack high-speed internet connections as the general population.
Over the past year, affordable housing practitioners, including SAHF’s nonprofit members have redoubled their efforts to find creative solutions that connect all residents. As we move with new urgency, we are pleased to share “Bridging the Digital Divide in Affordable Housing Communities: A Practitioner's Resource for Multifamily Operators”, a SAHF resource that provides an overview of the current challenges, case studies of short and longer term solutions, and practical considerations for affordable housing operators and their partners seeking to connect residents to the wide range of online platforms that support their well-being.