Affordable Housing Broadband Iniative

Through the generous funding of Schmidt Futures and the Ford Foundation, House New York, NYSAFAH, HR&A Advisors, Inc., and the Broadband Equity Partnership (the program partners) aim to identify pressing needs in broadband infrastructure deployment and create pathways to implementation and adoption.

To better understand varying community needs, the project partners will use webinars, surveys, one-on-one interviews, and focus groups to engage affordable housing stakeholders in urban, suburban, and rural areas across the state. These stakeholders and their roles include:

Policymakers will help advance the design, development, and implementation work. Elected officials have recently begun to create innovative policy agendas which aim to expand affordable and high-quality broadband funding and access amongst constituents.

Affordable housing advocates and tenant advocates will set ambitious goals for accessibility, affordability, and adoption of fast and reliable broadband both locally and statewide.

Property owners will play a crucial role in implementing the program, evaluating infrastructural need and supply conditions at a granular level, ensuring broadband deployment at multiple scales. They have the potential to create economies of scale for the building retrofits across their own portfolios and by aligning with other owners, reducing the cost of infrastructure and expanding coverage for their tenants.

Property managers are fundamental to establishing links between owners and tenants. They will have the capacity to expand program reach as we look to evaluate adoption strategies for final users.

Real estate developers will leverage broadband infrastructure as a necessary component of their affordable development portfolio. They will keep abreast of the latest innovative technologies for new and preservation developments.

Tenants, as current and future users of internet services, will inform program design with the challenges of adopting broadband technology, the difficulties with a limited offer of ISPs, and the importance of community organizations as vehicles for digital literacy.

Broadband Connectivity & Design Surveys

Tenants
We want to make sure everyone has affordable, fast internet at home. We believe tenants have a big role to play in helping us achieve this!

Housing Developers, Building Owners, and Building Managers
We want to make sure everyone has affordable, fast internet at home. We believe developers, owners, and building managers can help us achieve this!

Broadband and Telecommunications Industry
We want to make sure everyone has affordable, fast internet at home. We believe the telecommunications, technology, and advocacy community can help us achieve this!

Program Design Webinars

The program partners will host two webinars in June to inform affordable housing and digital equity industry leaders of the Affordable Housing Broadband Initiative. 

The first session of the webinar will be held on Thursday, June 24 at 12:30 pm, and the second session will be held on Tuesday, June 29 at 6:00 pm. Both sessions will cover the same material.

Through these events we will design and create an implementation roadmap for the Affordable Housing Digital Equity, an initiative to expand broadband access to residents of privately-owned affordable housing throughout New York State. The program targets affordable housing that is regulated by a regulatory agreement and privately-owned, that receives government subsidy or is engaged in a government contract.

Dates:

  • Session #1: Tuesday, June 29, 6:00 pm ET (Webinar Registration HERE)
  • Session #2: Thursday, July 8,, 12:30 pm ET (Webinar Registration HERE)
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