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Partnership offers Internet access to low-income families

More than 30 families from Mt. Hood Community College Head Start in Rockwood recently received laptops, thanks to the efforts of Comcast and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.

This is the second year of the Internet Essentials partnership, which also offers low-cost Internet services for families who qualify for free or reduced lunch. In addition, families received training.

An attendee shared how receiving a laptop that night was going to change her family’s life.

She was recently homeless without a phone and computer, struggling to keep in touch with services that could help her find permanent housing and other support services.

With Internet Essentials, families such as the woman's can access support services, do homework, type reports, e-mail teachers, look for jobs, pay bills and find doctors.

“In this day and age, the access to technology is crucial," Smith said. "There continues to be disparities in Internet use between demographic groups. That is why I am so supportive about this partnership and project because families should have access to these types of resources."




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