HUD announces 'Connect Homes' for Baton Rouge

HUD announces 'Connect Homes' for Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The city of Baton Rouge and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new pilot program Thursday that will gives people living in low-income housing a chance to have the internet at their homes.

The program is called "Connect Homes." Officials said it allows those living in low-income housing to get internet at a discounted rate. Some companies have already agreed to drop their rates for people in the program to $10 a month.   

"It is the next step in making sure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed to live their full potential," said Gail Grover, East Baton Rouge assistant chief administrative officer.

Grover said the program will give children the ability to learn beyond the classroom.

"This is the first step to ensure that our kids can continue to connect to the information out there, that will improve their educational outcome," said Grover.

Beverly Claborn lives in the Ardenwood Village apartments in North Baton Rouge. She said the new initiative will not only help her children but other youngsters in her neighborhood. She said kids who can't afford the internet are now forced to piggy back off someone else's connection.

"Kids will gather up near a neighbor's home that had the internet so they could pick it up, and sit there for hours at a time," said Claborn. "This is going to keep them busy and keep them off the streets."

The program is set to launch in the next couple of weeks.

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