US Department of Housing and Urband Development
- Neighborhood Networks
- FY2005: $15 Million
- "HUD created Neighborhood Networks in 1995 to encourage property owners to establish multiservice community learning centers in HUD insured and assisted properties. Neighborhood Networks was one of the first federal initiatives to promote self-sufficiency and help provide computer access to low-income housing communities.
Today, in urban centers and rural towns across America, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, more
- Neighborhood Networks centers help:
- Improve computer access.
- Advance literacy.
- Prepare residents to take advantage of employment opportunities.
- Provide access to healthcare information and other social services.
than 1,100 Neighborhood Networks centers are putting the power of technology in the hands of people. No two Neighborhood Networks centers are alike. With support from innovative public-private partnerships,
Neighborhood Networks centers sponsor a range of services and programs. Nearly all centers offer job
training and educational opportunities, and many also provide programs that include access to healthcare
information and microenterprise development.
Want to learn more? We invite you to further explore Neighborhood Networks through the links provided. You can also e-mail us at email@example.com, or call the Neighborhood Networks Information Center toll-free at (888) 312-2743.
How is Neighborhood Networks different from other government programs?
Neighborhood Networks is not a federal grant program. The initiative encourages centers to be self-sustaining through partnerships, business opportunities, and other income-generating options. It is an innovative, place-based approach to housing and community development. Neighborhood Networks encourages residents to become involved in the actual planning and development of self-sustaining centers.
What is HUD's role?
HUD works behind the scenes to encourage creation and expansion of Neighborhood Networks centers across the country. HUD staff may help guide communities through the Neighborhood Networks center development process, from business plan to grand opening to program expansion. HUD also provides information and networking opportunities for participants to learn how to develop a center, contact potential partners, and draw upon the experiences and successful practices of existing centers. HUD also may provide limited assistance to help launch the centers. FAQs
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