Homeless and low-income residents of one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods will be able to access free, public Wi-Fi when St. Anthony’s new Wi-Fi service ‘switches on’ this week.
The divide in access to wireless internet is seen starkly in über-connected San Francisco: The Market St. corridor is blanketed with public and private wi-fi options, but not too far away, the Tenderloin is an island of digital isolation in an increasingly connected world.
The new service—backed by Craigslist founder and philanthropist Craig Newmark—will allow the thousands of guests visiting St. Anthony’s each day to log in from any St. Anthony’s building.
Without internet access it’s harder to find work, get medical care, and stay in touch with family and friends who may be a crucial source of support. We know that connecting our neighbors to these resources helps lift them out of poverty and onto paths toward stability.
Thank you to Craig Newmark and the many other donors who made this possible.