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NHC celebrates National Digital Inclusion Day to highlight importance of internet access for low-income people

WASHINGTON—The National Housing Conference will join the National Digital Inclusion Alliance in celebrating the first National Digital Inclusion Day on May 13.

Internet access is a necessity for full participation in today’s society and a vital gateway to employment, education and opportunity for families in affordable housing. About 34 million Americans lack access to broadband internet service, and the National Housing Conference’s research shows that low-income renters especially are disproportionately stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide. NHC’s connectivity policy recommendations focus on ways to bring internet access home for low-income families living in affordable housing.

“Having internet connectivity at home can really make a difference for kids in school, for seniors, for anyone using the power of technology to make change in their lives,” said Chris Estes, NHC’s President and CEO.

National Digital Inclusion Day includes a Twitter Town Hall at 1 p.m. EDT, which features speakers from digital inclusion organizations around the country, including Michael Liimatta from HUD’s ConnectHome initiative.

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About the National Housing Conference:
The National Housing Conference represents a diverse membership of housing stakeholders including tenant advocates, mortgage bankers, nonprofit and for-profit home builders, property managers, policy practitioners, Realtors®, equity investors, and more, all of whom share a commitment to safe, decent and affordable housing for all in America. We are the nation’s oldest housing advocacy organization, dedicated to the affordable housing mission since our founding in 1931. We are a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together our broad-based membership to advocate on housing issues. Learn more at www.nhc.org.

Contact:
Radiah Shabazz
202.466.2121 (ext. 240)
rshabazz@nhc.org

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