Alpha Street WiFi Project
Grey County Housing and IT are working together on a pilot project that will provide free Internet access via wireless access points to 68 low-income families, including over 100 children, living at the County's Alpha Street housing location.
The installation of WiFi hot-spots is being completed as part of renovations that are aimed at improving the overall safety of the building, including some tree removal and installation of new lighting and security cameras.
As part of its overall efforts to remove barriers to Internet and computer access for vulnerable people in the community, Grey County Housing is also working to provide computers in its resource centres at housing locations and facilitating connections between its social housing tenants and the United Way of Bruce Grey in order to provide opportunities for tenants to access computers through the United Way's refurbished computer access program.
"This is a great initiative, particularly for the children and young people living in our social housing units," says Grey County's Director of Housing, Anne Marie Shaw. "When we provide Internet access and access to computers to these families, we're making sure that they have access to the same advantages and opportunities as their peers."
The goal of the Alpha Street WiFi project is to explore opportunities for providing Internet and computer access to all social housing tenants and develop appropriate models for delivering these services across Grey County's 32 social housing sites.