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CONNECTING SENIOR RESIDENTS TO THE DIGITAL WORLD

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Contact:
Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Jodi Andes, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-5273

This week, the commissioners are making grants to two agencies and three separate programs to address digital inequity among vulnerable seniors in our community.  The $80,585 in funding comes from the American Rescue Plan, and the partner agencies are Central Community House and Community Refugee and Immigrant Services.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionately large impact on our older neighbors, especially those that are vulnerable economically, culturally, and physically.  These effects are exacerbated by the lack of digital access and resources available to many of our low-income seniors.  These three projects will provide socially and economically disadvantaged seniors living in particularly vulnerable neighborhoods with devices, hot spots, and opportunities to learn about and experience the digital world.  That digital access will allow these seniors to reduce their social isolation, engage in telehealth opportunities, and connect to employment and other commercial opportunities such as grocery delivery and ridesharing.  All three projects will serve seniors in low-income neighborhoods.
 
You can read the text of the commissioners’ resolution here and learn more about how the commissioners are using American Rescue Plan funding to help our community recover at Recovery.FranklinCountyOhio.gov.

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