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Affordable Housing Connectivity Program

Providing new high-quality broadband infrastructure in affordable housing units across New York State.
Affordable Housing Connectivity Program

Program Overview

Snapshot
  • Eligibility
    • Internet Service Providers
    • Regulated Affordable Housing Properties
  • Funding Amount & Target
    • Total funding available:  $100 Million
    • 100,000 housing units to be served
    • Grant Size: $500-$1,000 per unit

 

The Affordable Housing Connectivity Program is improving broadband access in regulated affordable rental units across New York State. 

Empire State Development's ConnectALL Office, in consultation with NYS Homes and Community Renewal, has launched the Affordable Housing Connectivity Program, a first-ever infrastructure initiative to upgrade in-unit broadband infrastructure for low-income, affordable housing residents that currently have unreliable, unaffordable, or nonexistent internet service options in their homes, at no cost to property owners.  

By funding infrastructure upgrades to create initial or open-access building wiring, the State is attracting Internet Service Providers to often-overlooked affordable housing properties so that tenants can access high-quality home internet service at affordable monthly rates. Following the completion of broadband upgrades to buildings, residents will also be able to access digital equity and device support services through Internet Service Providers, community-based organizations, and property managers and owners. 

AHCP will serve as many as 100,000 affordable housing units.  

Program Dates

  • 2023: Program Design and Property Pipeline Preparation  
  • 2024 through 2026: Grantee and Property Matching  
  • 2024 through 2026: Awarding Grants 
  • 2024 through 2026: New Infrastructure Deployed, Digital Inclusion Resources Offered

Eligible Applicants: Internet Service Providers

Internet service providers and other entities with broadband deployment experience are encouraged to respond to the Affordable Housing Connectivity Program Request for Applications, see Request for Applications Package section below. 

Applications will be submitted in a two-step process. Section One applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in January 2024. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as they are able. Once applicants are notified that their application to Section One is approved, they may submit applications for Section Two as often as ConnectALL publishes eligible Property Portfolios. Section Two applications for each Portfolio of Properties will have a deadline and will not be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

As preliminary awards are made, ConnectALL will execute individual agreements with grantees and oversee the development of agreements between grantees and affordable housing property owners to ensure quality and affordability standards are met at each property.
 

Applicants seeking to serve specific properties should inform those property owners to complete the owner interest survey. Survey respondents may indicate an existing partnership with an eligible entity, but such an indication is not binding on the Applicant, the property owner, or ConnectALL. 

To learn more you can review the:

  • Affordable Housing Connectivity Program Request for Application Package below.
  • View the recording and presentation from the Information Session for Internet Service Providers on January 5th, 2024.
  • Questions regarding the Affordable Housing Connectivity Program Request for Applications can be sent to [email protected]. Responses will be posted and updated. 

How to Apply

Eligible Affordable Housing Properties

Eligible Affordable Housing Properties include:
  • Regulated affordable properties that demonstrate they lack access to reliable, high-speed broadband service or lack broadband competition in the local internet market  
  • Urban, suburban, and rural locations  
  • Townhomes, single-, and multi-family housing  
  • Workforce, senior, veteran, supportive, and other varieties of affordable housing  
  • Regulated affordable properties that are owned or managed by groups with operational capacity and readiness for an equipment upgrade  
  • Regulated affordable properties owned by nonprofits and for-profits alike 

 

Property Owners Take Our Survey to Express Interest

If you are a building owner interested in receiving no-cost new or upgraded broadband infrastructure at your property, regardless of whether your building already has broadband wiring, please complete the Building Conditions Self-Assessment. The information provided will be used to match your property with an Internet Service Provider that will develop an installation plan tailored to your building(s).  

Property owners who submitted an initial Broadband in Your Property survey, this is the next step.

We recommend owners review all questions before preparing a submission to the Building Conditions Self-Assessment to understand the building and technical information you may need to retrieve. Assistance completing the form is available by emailing Civix (ConnectALL's outreach partner) at [email protected] or calling 1-504-399-8520.   

To learn more, you can review the: 

U.S Dept. of Treasury Award to ConnectALL

Contact Us

Please send your questions regarding the Affordable Housing Connectivity Program to: [email protected]. To sign-up for a ConnectALL mailing list or ask a question unrelated to AHCP use this contact form