On this #GivingTuesday, we ask that you reflect on how important internet access is in your daily life. As we’ve shifted to a socially-distanced reality dependent on WiFi, many of us have been able to conduct Zoom calls to talk to our loved ones and coworkers, purchase deliverable groceries and take-out, and stream our favorite shows and movies. People experiencing homelessness often do not have internet access, making it harder to do all of these things.
At ShelterTech, we believe connectivity is a right, not a privilege, and through our ShelterConnect program, we have installed free WiFi at a number of San Francisco-based shelters to help bridge this digital divide. You can learn more about ShelterConnect by watching our video here.
Last year, you and other supporters gave contributions which enabled ShelterTech to provide WiFi internet connectivity to hundreds of individuals experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in San Francisco. With our partners, the City of San Francisco and Cisco, providing at no cost the broadband and network equipment, respectively, ShelterTech funded installation costs to costs to outfit two shelters, the Mission Hotel and MSC-South, with WiFi that collectively serves 640 people on a daily basis.