The Millennium Place Neighborhood Networks Center provides underserved individuals in the Muncie community with access to the transformative power of technology.
We believe that technology has the power to:
Enable economic self-sufficiency & generational stability
Mobilize and engage citizens in public service & civic activities
Enrich lives through social networking
Improve quality of life
Resolve socioeconomic, cultural, and political inequities; and
Connect families and friends.
In 1995, the U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development (HUD) had a vision. Create an initiative that would accomplish two goals-promote self-sufficiency and deliver computer access to low and moderate income residents living in privately owned HUD-insured and assisted multi-family housing.
The result of this vision was the Neighborhood Networks Initiative, and since its creation more than a decade ago, Neighborhood Networks has connected residents to infinite opportunities.
THE NEED FOR NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS
To understand why Neighborhood Networks is important, it is important to first understand how employment skills, access to technology, and academic achievement effect one's level of self-sufficiency and future success. Consider in school; more academic opportunities; better peer relations and emotional adjustments; and lower incidences of drug use, violence, and pregnancy.
When creating Neighborhood Networks, HUD took all of these factors into considerations and developed an initiative that provides residents with access to:
Computer technology that increases exposure to employment opportunities, improve academic performance, and enhances communication.
Educational and job-training programs that enhance their skills so they can take advantage of employment and homeownership opportunities.
Healthcare information and other social services that improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.