In a partnership with BlackBelt Technologies Inc., network connectivity will be provided to the Selma Housing Authority (SHA) Community Centers located at George Washington Carver Homes, Felix Heights, Valley Creek, and Rangedale, SHA and the City of Selma Announced today.
The city partnered with SHA in 2019 to provide broadband for George Washington Carver Homes. This was a pilot program under the Inspire Connect Initiative, which aims to provide broadband for low-income households and tablets to 11-18 year old residents.
“I am pleased today to see the success of the pilot program,” said Selma Mayor Darrio Melton. “With over 2000 residents in the Selma Housing Authority, today I am happy to stand with President/CEO, Mr. Kennard Randolph, and the Housing Authority Board as we expand Wi-Fi broadband to every public housing complex within the City. We continue to move Selma boldly into the 21st Century.”
This project will be in two phases, with the first being to give services to all of the complex residents. The second will be implementing the SHA portal to provide content distribution such as community announcements, community news, as well as resident training for the workforce.
“As we (the SHA) continue to improve resident services, it is imperative that our (the SHA) residents and their dependents have access to high-speed internet,” said Randolph. “SHA is building a technology infrastructure that will provide its residents access to apply for jobs, online training, and capability to advance their academic endeavors. The Premier Housing Network Project access will be provided to the SHA residents at no additional cost to them.”