HUD sponsored

2021 ConnectHomeUSA Virtual Summit


October 4-6, 2021



HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing is hosting a three-day virtual summit for ConnectHomeUSA (CHUSA) communities, public housing authorities (PHAs), tribes, public-private stakeholders, and anyone interested in promoting digital inclusion in their community.

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

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

The Facilitated Idea Exchange sessions give each participant the opportunity to select one of three topics to discuss with panelists, communities, and other attendees. Come prepared to ask questions, share your own successes or challenges, learn from other communities, and get creative when discussing digital inclusion solutions! View the full Virtual Summit Agenda.

Participants will be 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

Who Should Attend?

This summit is intended for CHUSA communities as well as other PHAs, tribes, other affordable housing providers, and public and private stakeholders who are interested in narrowing the digital divide in their communities.


Register for the 2021 ConnectHomeUSA Virtual Summit

Registration will close at 12:30 PM EDT on October 4, 2021.

Summit Agenda

Time Presentations Topics Covered
1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT 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
2:30 - 3:30 PM EDT Using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 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
Time Networking Sessions* Choose Your Topic
4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT Facilitated Idea Exchanges
  1. Best Practices for Finding and Leveraging Grants
  2. Hidden Costs of Digital Inclusion
  3. Making Inclusive, Digital Ready Communities Through Makerspaces
Time Presentations Topics Covered
1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT 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
2:30 - 3:30 PM EDT Developing and Updating Your Action Plan
+ Recognizing CHUSA Communities
+ 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

*Each participant selects one of the three topics to discuss in a smaller-group session. Come prepared to ask questions, share your own successes or challenges, learn from other communities, and get creative when discussing digital inclusion solutions!

NOTE: Session topics may be subject to change.

Summit Point of Contact

2021 CHUSA Virtual Summit Registrar | trainings@hudexchange.info

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