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HUD Deputy Secretary To Announce Enrollment Process For Affordable Connectivity Program In Albany, Georgia

Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman met the mayor of Albany, Georgia along with the local leaders to discuss rural housing needs and access to quality connections. 

 

November 16, 2023

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman traveled to Georgia to highlight the administration’s investment in rural housing and administrative actions to promote broadband connectivity amongst HUD-assisted families as a part of the Biden-Harris administration’s investing in Rural America Tour. 

HUD’s Deputy Secretary has revealed the completion of a new data-sharing agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This agreement is aimed at facilitating access to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) by removing barriers to enrollment. With this, any family receiving rental assistance from HUD can enroll to receive benefits from ACP with little paperwork. These important updates will connect families and residents to affordable broadband. The ACP is the nation’s largest broadband affordability program offering discounts to low-income households. 

HUD’s Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman said, “For too long the families living in rural America have not felt the benefits of investments in housing and broadband. It is crucial that our rural neighbors also have safe and stable places to call home, with quality, affordable, internet. As the Biden-Harris Administration invests in America, our rural communities are a priority. The actions I am announcing today will help ensure that any family that HUD assists can tap into the benefits of an affordable internet connection through the Administration’s Affordable Connectivity Plan.”

The Deputy Secretary during her visit also met the resident whose home was repaired by using funds from the HOME Program. In addition to this, the Secretary also announced new actions to increase access to quality and affordable internet. 

From day one, the Biden-Harris administration is making investments in Rural America such as infrastructure and economic development. President Biden is growing the economy from the middle out to the bottom up because investing in America means no community should be left behind. 

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said, “Today’s announcement formalizes a significant and coordinated effort between HUD and the FCC to eliminate barriers to broadband access for millions of housing-vulnerable Americans. While I’m proud of our work, HUD-assisted tenants are the ultimate winner because they can now enroll in the Affordable Connectivity Program for which they are eligible with greater ease. I’ve long said that if we are helping a household find housing, we should help ensure that the home is connected. By including HUD data in the FCC’s National Verifier, we have streamlined the broadband enrollment process so HUD tenants can get online affordably and quickly.”

This announcement aligns with Secretary Marcia L. Fudge’s dedication to promoting digital equity and ensuring that families have access to affordable internet services. Previously, HUD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FCC to encourage HUD-assisted families to enroll in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). In 2023, HUD organized and facilitated more than 45 ACP enrollment events in collaboration with community partners nationwide. Additionally, last month, HUD expanded its Connect HomeUSA initiative through a notice in the Federal Register.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Deputy Secretary Announces New Streamlined Enrollment Process for Affordable Connectivity Program in Albany, Georgia as a part of President Biden’s Investing in Rural America Tour”. Department of Housing and Urban Development, November 13, 2023, 

HUD Deputy Secretary Announces New Streamlined Enrollment Process for Affordable Connectivity Program in Albany, Georgia as a part of President Biden’s Investing in Rural America Tour | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021