Created in 1995, Neighborhood Networks was one of the first federal initiatives aimed at promoting self-sufficiency and providing technology access to residents living in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured and -assisted communities. By encouraging property owners and managers to open onsite, multiservice technology centers, HUD hoped the community-based Initiative would have a profound effect on the lives of residents and it has.
Neighborhood Networks centers are located in all 50 of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These centers:
- Offer adults job-training classes, such as computer skills, resume writing, interviewing techniques, job placement services, General Educational Development (GED) preparation, and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
- Provide youth with educational afterschool activities and mentoring programs.
- Operate programs that allow seniors to become familiar with computers and use them to better their lives, whether through staying in touch with family and friends via e-mail or searching for healthcare benefits online.
While residents are the primary benefactors of a Neighborhood Networks center, property owners/managers, partners, and communities are also enjoying the rewards that go with a Neighborhood Networks center. To learn more about Neighborhood Networks, click on the links below.
- Neighborhood Networks Brochure
This publication provides an overview of the Initiative and highlights some center and resident successes.
- Neighborhood Networks Fact Sheets
- Neighborhood Networks Staff
- Neighborhood Networks Consortia
This list includes the contact information for the various regional Neighborhood Networks consortia, as well as the Neighborhood Networks National Consortium.