On Thursday, July 27, 2023, Comcast and the Flint Housing Commission combined forces to tackle digital inequality within the Mince Manor Apartments, a 110-unit affordable public housing complex in Flint, Michigan. The collaboration aims to close the digital gap among income-constrained communities, as recent Census Bureau data revealed that nearly 30% of Flint households lack access to broadband internet, despite the widespread availability of broadband coverage throughout the city.
During the event, Comcast and the Flint Housing Commission took proactive measures to connect residents with the life-changing potential of the internet. Comcast representatives guided residents in exploring resources such as the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a government initiative designed to make broadband services affordable. Eligible residents can receive a credit of up to $30 per month toward internet and mobile charges. Additionally, Comcast provided information about Internet Essentials from Xfinity, which offers reliable, budget-friendly home internet services. Eligible customers can receive Internet Essentials for free by enrolling in the ACP.
The partnership between Comcast and the Flint Housing Commission addresses a crucial issue, as the lack of broadband access hampers educational, employment and connection opportunities for numerous residents.
“The joint efforts of Comcast, the Flint Housing Commission, and Mince Manor are bringing about transformative change in our community helping to alleviate the digital divide,” stated Athena McKay, Executive Director of Flint Innovative Solutions. “We are excited to collaborate to provide digital navigation, which gives the community the confidence to access opportunities for education, economic stability, and essential resources.”
For more information about upcoming digital equity events in the Michigan area, visit Comcast Michigan. To learn more about the Affordable Connectivity Program and eligibility criteria, please visit xfinity.com/free or call 844-389-4681.