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National Neighborhood Networks Week 2000

HUD's Neighborhood Networks Bring Digital Opportunity to America's Families

HUD's Neighborhood Networks are innovative private/public partnerships establishing computer-based multi-service centers to help people in public and assisted housing learn critical computer skills and prepare for 21st century jobs. At our community technology centers across the country, HUD residents can enhance their computer literacy, launch new careers, make the transition from welfare to work, have expanded access to needed health services, and participate in inter-generational learning activities.

HUD's commitment is to help close the "Digital Divide" with computer training, Internet access, job readiness support, micro-enterprise development, GED certification, health care and social services, adult education classes and youth services. Our mission is to create vibrant communities that foster economic opportunity and encourage life-long learning. HUD's Neighborhood Networks are expanding employment opportunities and access to health and wellness, improving kids’ educational performance, empowering residents, increasing participation by business and community partners and decreasing dependency on federal funding.

HUD's community partners include local businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, civic organizations, foundations, hospitals, community clinics, and federal and state government agencies, as well as the residents, staff, and property owners of public and assisted housing. HUD has also formed a partnership with NASA, and together we are striving to bring technology and science to public housing’s youth. Events encourage children living in public housing communities to pursue math and science careers, and reach for the stars.

HUD's Neighborhood Networks initiative has altered the tone of whole communities and helped residents take charge of their lives. The strategy is to have housing officials partner with computer hardware, software, Internet and technical companies to create computer centers in public and assisted housing communities. Residents take classes, work on homework, and learn computer skills. Our most successful centers have mentoring arrangements with partners such as Americorps, local boys and girls clubs, community colleges and universities. We have pointed thousands of kids in the right direction, steering them toward educational, service and recreational activities in a safe and exciting environment, and helped thousands of adults transition from welfare to work.

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