2021 ConnectHomeUSA Virtual Summit

View materials and additional resources from HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing virtual summit for ConnectHomeUSA (CHUSA) communities, public housing authorities (PHAs), tribes, public-private stakeholders, and anyone interested in promoting digital inclusion in their community.

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Summit Overview

The CHUSA program hosted six presentations and six Facilitated Idea Exchange sessions on timely digital inclusion topics, during which participants were able to connect, exchange ideas, and leave with concrete tools for continued growth of their digital inclusion programs and partnerships in their communities.

At the conclusion of the summit, participants were able to:

  • Identify funding opportunities and strategies to support the growth and success of digital inclusion initiatives
  • Collaborate and exchange ideas with CHUSA communities and stakeholders to improve and innovate program design and implementation
  • Learn about innovative connectivity models from communities around the country
  • Identify strategies for engaging hard-to-reach residents
  • Continue to strengthen the three-legged stool of digital inclusion: affordable connectivity, digital literacy, and low-cost devices

Summit Materials

Explore materials from session presentations and facilitated idea exchanges. To learn more about the agenda and speakers, view the 2021 ConnectHomeUSA Virtual Summit Agenda and Speakers.


The presentations covered a range of digital inclusion topics and featured speakers from CHUSA communities, federal agencies, stakeholders, and other advocates for digital inclusion.

Keynote and Building and Maintaining Community Partnerships

  • Learn how public-private partnerships have successfully bridged the digital divide in San Diego and other communities
  • Discuss best practices for identifying and engaging potential partners
  • Discuss how to maintain partnerships over time

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Strategies for Engaging Hard-to-Reach Residents

  • Discuss strategies for serving hard-to-reach residents in your digital inclusion initiatives
  • Strengthen programming for all residents

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Federal Funding for Broadband

  • Learn about funding opportunities currently available and those in the pipeline
  • Featured agencies include: the National Telecommunications & Information Administration; the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Treasury

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Using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Section 108 Funding for Broadband

  • Learn how HUD's CDBG programs can fund broadband and digital inclusion initiatives, and the processes involved in obtaining these resources for your community

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Innovative Approaches to Digital Inclusion

  • Learn how affordable housing organizations and other digital inclusion advocates are providing affordable connectivity, digital literacy training, and low-cost devices through innovative connectivity models and strategies
  • Learn how these strategies might be implemented in your community

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Developing and Updating Your Action Plan, Recognizing CHUSA Communities, and What Lies Ahead

  • Learn about Action Planning to support your program year after year
  • Learn how your community can adapt your Action Plan to support community goals
  • Celebrate the hard work of CHUSA communities

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Facilitated Idea Exchanges

The Facilitated Idea Exchange sessions gave participants the opportunity to select topics to discuss with panelists, communities, and other attendees.

Building and Maintaining Community Partnerships

Presenters and participants discuss strategies for building and maintaining community partnerships.

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Helping Seniors Stay Connected

Presenters and participants share strategies for helping senior residents get and stay connected.

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Incorporating Digital Literacy/Inclusion in Other Resident Programs

Experienced CHUSA communities share how they incorporate digital literacy and inclusion into other resident programs.

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Best Practices for Finding and Leveraging Grants

Presenters and participants share ideas for leveraging grant funding.

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Hidden Costs of Digital Inclusion

Presenters and participants discuss the unexpected costs and creative solutions for getting residents connected.

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Making Inclusive, Digital Ready Communities Through Makerspaces

Makerspaces presenters discuss their programs and the many benefits they provide to residents.

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