MAY 2023 – PRESENT
Strengthening the Impact
DIGITAL NAVIGATION ASSISTANCE
|Agency Name||Digital Navigator Supervisor||Contact Information||Website|
|Goodwill Manasota||Margie Genteremail@example.com
Main Phone: 941-355-2721
|Women's Resource Center||Brent Giangregorio||BGiangregorio@mywrc.org
Main Phone: 941-727-6797
Address: 1926 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Main Phone: 941-256-0625
Address: The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center - 1750 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234
|Easterseals SWFL||Theresa Collinsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Main Phone: 941-355-7637
Address: 350 Braden Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34243
|FUNducation Inc||Neirda Thompson-Pembertonemail@example.com
Main Phone: 941-281-5813
|Goodwill SWFL||Angela Hemstreetfirstname.lastname@example.org
|CareerSource Suncoast||Anthony Gaglianoemail@example.com
Bradenton Center Phone: (941) 358-4200
Sarasota Career Center: (941) 358-4200
|Multicultural Health Institute||Bonnie Hardy-Ramsaeurfirstname.lastname@example.org
What is The Gap?
Why does The Patterson Foundation support closing The Gap?
How is The Patterson Foundation helping to close The Gap?
To optimize and amplify impact, The Patterson Foundation is initiating an endeavor to close the ACP eligibility and enrollment gap to ensure those eligible for ACP benefits are taking advantage of the program.
The Foundation's approach is working with people, businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media to catalyze efforts to close this enrollment gap. TPF's Digital Access for All (DA4A), Aspirations to Actions, and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading initiatives leverage resources and human power to find innovative ways to connect with community members to generate awareness and increase ACP enrollment. DA4A will also leverage its growing network of Digital Navigators who have completed TPF's Digital Navigator Program to enroll eligible households in the ACP program.
What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income internet program
- Participates in one of these assistance programs:
- Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools
- Federal Housing Assistance, including:
- Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8 Vouchers)
- Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/Section 202/ Section 811
- Public Housing
- Affordable Housing Programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiians
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits
- or Lifeline
What is the Affordable Connectivity Program enrollment status in our four-county region?
As of April 2023, over 36,000 households are enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Many more households qualify for enrollment by meeting one or more ACP eligibility criteria, such as participation in SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, and Lifeline, creating opportunities to increase ACP program enrollment numbers throughout the Suncoast.
|Number of Households Enrolled in the Suncoast|
Source: USAC’s ACP Enrollment and Claims Tracker. This data is current as of April 1, 2023.
How can eligible households learn more or apply for the benefit?
Organizations participating in The Patterson Foundation’s Digital Navigator Program are trained to connect community members with access to low-cost home internet service, an affordable computing device, and foundational digital literacy training based on their specific needs. The following organizations have participated in the program:
What additional resources might be helpful?
ACP: What It Is & How It Works: Watch a video here.
Use the Companies Near Me tool to find a participating provider. You can search internet service providers by city, state/territory, or zip code. Or download the list of participating providers.
To help raise awareness about the ACP: Download and customize these available outreach materials for public use.
To request an FCC Speaker: Have an FCC consumer expert share information about the Affordable Connectivity Program at an upcoming event by making the request here.