The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.
http://bit.ly/lBzMrC [pdf file]
Envisioning an Internet Center for Homeless Individuals: One Group’s Quest to Reduce the Digital Divide
By Rebecca Orrick, Research Assistant, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
“While it is important for anyone to have digital literacy skills, it is especially important for individuals who are homeless. Finding housing and other resources to get off the streets is infinitely easier if you know how to perform basic computer functions like sending an email. While most people take for granted that they know how to perform basic tasks on the internet, the reality remains that a significant portion of the homeless population is still digitally illiterate. Increasing the number of people who are self sufficient digitally decreases the number of people dependent on case workers and other overburdened social service providers.”