The battle of making housing more affordable is more than just focusing on the rent. It includes identifying and connecting residents to resources and programs that can help bring down ancillary housing costs as well – such as the electric bill, water bill, and, in this case, the phone/internet bill.
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is offered through the Federal Communications Commission to help ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.
Discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service
One-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating distributors if participants contribute between $10 and $50 toward the purchase
A low-cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP
Note: The program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
A household is eligible for the ACP if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
Participates in one of these assistance programs:
Federal Public Housing Assistance
The National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income internet program
Residents can check to see if they qualify and apply for the program online at www.affordableconnectivity.gov.