The City of Houston announced Monday that it has partnered with nonprofit Comp-U-Dopt to distribute up to 1,900 free computers to qualifying applicants through Dec. 30
A partnership between Comp-U-Dopt and the city’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force, the $800,000 computer access program will help provide families with the electronic and digital means for accessing telehealth, online services and remote learning possibilities, according to the city. It is funded by part of the $400 million in federal CARES Act funding provided to the city.
“The pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital access, particularly in our vulnerable communities,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release.
In order to qualify for the program, applicants must:
– Have a total household income prior to February 2020 lower than 80 percent of the Area Median Income.
– Be a person over 65 years old, have households with children younger than 5, or someone with disabilities.
– Be an “opportunity youth” – someone age 16-24 not currently enrolled in school or participating in the workforce.
The computers will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to apply for the program, visit computeraccessprogram.org/ or call 888-469-8365.
“This is more than just a computer for these individuals and families. This is a pathway to opportunity,” said Jesse Bounds, chief innovation officer and a leader of the H.E.R. Task Force. “We are providing the tools for these families to unlock their potential and do so safely from the comfort of their homes during the pandemic.”