WeCAN Community Access Location Application

WeCAN is the Houston Public Library's award winning Digital Inclusion Initiative to provide broadband technology access and the skills to use it to aid in bridging Houston's Digital Divide.  The Vision for WeCAN is to create a digital future for Houstonians through a digital literacy effort that will focus on drop-out prevention/GED recovery and job/workforce readiness in support of achieving Houston's educational, workforce and economic goals.    WeCAN will focus on building the capacity of the Houston Public Library to expand and further its mission of delivering innovative solutions to reach citizens by making free high speed broadband Internet access more accessible in high need neighborhoods across Houston.

 

Residents will be able to take advantage of WeCAN via designated community access locations such as City libraries, multi-service center and community centers, as well as school and community based organizations.  These community access locations will be staffed by employees who will provide training and who can help residents access the online resources they need.

 

The goal is to have up to 15 community access locations (CAL) in each neighborhood.

 

Core offerings for CALs include:

  • Free community broadband Internet access
  • Free network customer support
  • Free "Train the Trainer" digital literacy training and workforce development training
  • Opportunity to qualify for hardware grants and discounted equipment
  • Free trusted and secure citywide and community portal access to:
  • Online digital literacy curriculum & educational software
  • Houston Public Library services & resources 
  • Educational, quality of life, neighborhood, government, and community services and information.

 

Targeted locations within neighborhoods will be identified based on the following criteria:

  • Facility
  • Accessibility
  • Location
  • Infrastructure
  • Program & Services
  • Meet Need
  • Staff Capacity
  • Target Underserved
  • Sustainability & Reputation
  • Established
  • Demonstrated Success
  • Technical Parameters
  • Located within coverage area
  • City Best Interest
  • Mayoral or City Department Initiatives

 

Criteria for consideration to become a Community Access Location include:

  • Must be a nonprofit tax-exempt corporation as defined under 501 (c) 3 of the IRS code
  • Must agree to & sign Memorandum of Understanding
  • Mission targets underserved populations
  • Located in or provides service to a WeCAN Super Neighborhood
  • Established a functional for a minimum of 3 years
  • Be able to demonstrate capacity in terms of staff in support of programming
  • Render valid programs that meet community need
  • Have an annual audit performed by a qualified and independent auditor

 

Application Submission

WeCAN is not currently accepting applications.

Stay tuned for further developments.

 

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the CAL application may be sent to digitalinclusion@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1322.

Events

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The super neighborhoods under consideration were identified through an extensive and meticulous process involving key stakeholders and based on three major areas of consideration: 1) neighborhood…Continue

What is HoustonWiFi?

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