Summit County helping residents with laptops, hot spots, diapers

Summit County is helping low-income residents and residents in need with laptops, wireless internet hot spots, diapers, home improvements and assistance with facing the “benefits cliff.”

Summit County Council last week passed resolutions to direct more than $2 million in federal funds to various programs and services.

The county’s Department of Job and Family Services is purchasing 500 laptops and facilitating T-Mobile wireless hot spot internet connectivity for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-eligible residents.

The devices aim to address the growing “digital divide” low-income families in the county are experiencing. The improved digital access is meant to help people search and apply for jobs, participate in virtual education and connect with health care providers.

Progressive Alliance Community Development Corp., a West Akron nonprofit organization, will coordinate device distribution and technical support.

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