HUD No. 09-136
July 29, 2009
HUD TO HIGHLIGHT HOW ITS COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY CENTERS CONNECT RESIDENTS TO OPPORTUNITIES
Neighborhood Networks - Sponsored Activities Encourage and Enable Centers to Participate
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that Neighborhood Networks Week 2009 will be held August 3-8. The weeklong observance raises public awareness about center programs that help residents become self-sufficient and showcases the achievements of individuals living in HUD insured and assisted housing communities. It also honors those who help make Neighborhood Networks a successful community-based Initiative.
Local events, which range from open houses and grand openings to job fairs and community festivals, provide
centers and individuals with the recognition they deserve and strengthen center-community bonds. National events bring together Neighborhood Networks centers staff and stakeholders from across the nation, and remind them that they are part of a national Initiative.
What's in Store for Neighborhood Networks Week 2009
Entitled Neighborhood Networks: A Community Asset, Neighborhood Networks Week 2009 will spotlight the many
ways centers make communities a better place to live and work. To complement the local events to be hosted by centers, HUD will sponsor a variety of activities, including the Webcasting of four live events via the Internet. See activities below.
- August 3, National Kickoff Event Web Cast, 1:30 p.m. EDT
The Parkways Neighborhood Technology Resource Center in Chicago, Illinois, will be the virtual host site
of the Neighborhood Networks Week 2009 national kickoff event that showcases the achievements of the
youth who participated in the Internet program. The event will spotlight the center's partnership with After
School Matters, a nonprofit organization that teams with many Chicago city and local community-based
organizations to expand out-of-school opportunities and provide hands-on job training for teens.
- August 4, Do It for You Day Event Web Cast, 11 a.m. EDT
In observance of Do It for You Day, the Village at Lakeview Neighborhood Networks Center in Edgewood, Maryland, will host a graduation ceremony for residents who have completed workforce development
programs at the center and successfully passed the General Educational Development (GED) exam and/or
obtained employment as a result. HUD will Web cast the one-hour ceremony during which recent graduates
will share their success stories.
Do It for You Day was established by HUD in 2007 as a way to encourage more centers to participate in Neighborhood Networks Week. Centers are encouraged to showcase their programs and services that help residents achieve greater self-sufficiency, such as those programs that help residents get a job, advance
in their current job, or further their education. They also promote their programs and services that help
residents overcome the obstacles to self-sufficiency, such as those programs that relate to childcare and
- August 5, Get Connected Day Webinar, 2 p.m. EDT
For Get Connected Day, Neighborhood Networks will host a one-hour webinar that teaches center staff
how to use website creation tools. This free online resource enables staff to create a center Web site
and give their center a cyber-presence. The Webinar is for participants of all technical skill levels, from
novice to advanced Web site creators. Get Connected Day enables centers to highlight how they deliver
technology access and enhance residents' technological skills, and showcase the critical role technology
plays in today's society.
- August 6, Know Your Neighbors Day, All Day
Know Your Neighbors Day focuses on strengthening neighbor-to-neighbor bonds and building stronger
communities. Centers across the nation will host community events, such as block parties, potlucks,
barbecues, festivals, or open houses.
- August 7, Neighborhood Networks Week 2009 Closing Event Web Cast, 2 p.m. EDT
The final HUD-sponsored event will be a Webcast that spotlights the partnership between the Town and Country Family Learning Opportunity Center and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The Web
cast will describe how UCSD undergraduate and graduate students visit the center each day to serve as
tutors to school-aged children. Contributors will describe how the partnership was started, how centers
can form similar partnerships with their local academic institutions, and how to share the mutual benefits
that a partnership will produce.
About Neighborhood Networks
HUD created Neighborhood Networks in September 1995 as one of the first federal initiatives to promote self-sufficiency for low- and moderate-income citizens. Through Neighborhood Networks, HUD encourages property
owners and managers of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured and -assisted housing to establish and
maintain onsite Neighborhood Networks centers. HUD's intent is to increase residents' self-sufficiency by delivering computer access and a variety of workforce development programs. Nearly 15 years later, Neighborhood Networks continues to have a positive and lasting impact on families and communities across the country.
For more information on Neighborhood Networks Week 2009 and instructions on how to participate in virtual events, visit www.NeighborhoodNetworks.org.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.