The Mott Haven Computer Lab Implementation Project

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Friday, February 27, 2015

While the Mott Haven community has experienced substantial population growth and is in the midst of a renaissance, it remains one of the poorest places in our country.  The median income is well below citywide and national averages, while the poverty and jobless rates remain well above those for New York City and the US as a whole. With high poverty and joblessness come a host of challenges, including a lack of technology access.

Mott Haven remains a “technology desert” in many respects.  While the technology sector grows in Silicon Alley in Manhattan and DUMBO in Brooklyn, Mott Haven and other South Bronx communities still seek an entry ramp to the constantly changing Technology Revolution.

Toward that end, BronxWorks is happy to announce its proposal for this year’s participatory budgeting process for Speaker Mark-Viverito’s City Council District, which includes Mott Haven. Our Computer Lab Implementation Project (CLIP) has two components and will increase overall technology access by the residents represented by the Speaker, in particularly those who live in or near our Betances Community Center and the E. Roberts Moore Senior Center.

Component 1 entails the upgrade and redesign of the computer lab at our Betances Community Center at 547 E. 146th Street that serves the surrounding Betances Houses, which has 1,087 units with 2,313 persons, and other nearby NYCHA developments. This will enable the center to secure 25 state of the art desktop PCs, 15 tablets, 10 laptops, five webcams, a color printer, and one Apple desktop that will support graphic design activities.  These items will be available for use by the general public, with an emphasis on youth. 

Component 2 entails the re-creation of the computer lab at our E. Roberts Moore Senior Center in the E. Roberts Moore Houses at 515 Jackson Avenue.  It serves seniors there, from the John Adams Houses, and the St. Mary’s Park Houses.  The three census tracts that contain these complexes had 1,829 older adults in 2010, few of whom own a computer of any kind.  This project will permit the E. Roberts Moore Senior Center to secure seven state of the art desktop PCs, 10 tablets, five laptops, two webcams, and a color printer.  

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