|Starry, Inc., a technology and internet service member of AAMD has entered into a partnership with the Denver Housing Authority (DHA). They now provide low-cost internet access for DHA’s affordable and public housing portfolio. More than 600 households at VIDA in West Denver and Connole Apartments and Thomas Bean Towers in East Denver will have the option to subscribe to Starry’s simple, no-long-term contract at $15/month. The plan includes no-data caps plan of 30mbps download/upload speed, with installation. Starry will also provide DHA free internet access in the common areas, computer labs, and administrative offices within these buildings.
Denver Housing Authority provides affordable housing to more than 26,000 very low, low, and middle-income residents. Through this partnership, Starry and DHA are lowering barriers to broadband adoption by offering a low-cost solution without requiring residents to meet complex eligibility conditions. Starry Connect will be expanded throughout all DHA communities as Starry continues to expand its network footprint across metro Denver.
“Having a reliable high-speed internet connection in the home is essential to everything we do, but for many people, paying for quality broadband access is a financial strain or beyond their reach,” said Starry CEO and co-founder Chet Kanojia. “We launched Starry Connect last year in an effort to put high-quality broadband within financial reach of more families and individuals. By partnering directly with owners of affordable and public housing, we can create tailored and innovative approaches to bridging digital inequalities across these communities. We are excited to partner with DHA on Starry Connect and look forward to expanding this program within the DHA portfolio.”
“Through our ConnectHome Denver initiative, DHA is committed to a comprehensive digital inclusion strategy that ensures our residents are digitally educated; with access to digital technology; and connected to affordable internet service where they live,” stated Ismael Guerrero, DHA Executive Director. “Starry has proven to be a great partner in bridging the digital divide with affordable connectivity.”
The economic and social benefits of broadband access in the home are well known, yet according to the Federal Communications Commission, more than 20 million Americans still lack access to a high-speed internet broadband connection.1 And, nearly half of lower-income Americans do not have a broadband connection at home.2 In Colorado, the Colorado Broadband Office estimates that 150,000 households do not have access to basic broadband.3 Data collected by BROADBANDNOW finds that nearly 430,000 people in Colorado are without access to a wired connection capable of 25mbps download speeds.4
“Internet access is often viewed as an amenity or luxury. At Starry we believe internet access is a necessity that everyone should have access to, regardless of location or financial means,” said Starry’s Denver General Manager Stephan Andrade. “Starry Connect is a clear demonstration of our commitment to serving our local community and we look forward to continuing to grow and expand our footprint across the entire Denver metro area.”
Starry officially launched its service in Denver last April.
Through its FAMLI Volunteer program, AMLI Residential proudly supports various local non-profits. Most recently, 73 AMLI employees packaged 11,640 lbs of food at Food Bank of the Rockies – that’s enough to feed 9,144 families or 36,576 individuals! AMLI residents and employees also collected 311 warm coats for Coats For Colorado last October.
Making a difference by protecting our environment is a high priority for AMLI too. AMLI employees supported the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation by sweeping and painting curbs, relocating mulch, and cleaning up trash at CongressPark. Giving back is a mainstay of AMLI’s culture, and AMLI’s employees and residents take great pride in supporting their local community.
“We hope to make a difference in the communities we live, work and play in.” –Andy Mutz, Senior Vi
Grand Peaks believes in giving back to the community. We have a task force that votes on the charities we support with causes our teams want to have an impact on like American Cancer Society, PetAid, and Operation Gratitude.
To support our communities and our team’s passion to serve, we provide up to 8 hours of paid time off each year to employees who volunteer. Each property promotes their own charity by decorating their offices and announcing the event to the residents. They also try to involve the residents to raise awareness of the cause and allow the residents the opportunity to help support the charity and give back.
Our most memorable partnership was in November 2017 when TAVA team members volunteered at Denver’s Ronald McDonald House to cook and serve lunch for the families and patients who were staying there while receiving treatments. During a tour of the facility, we learned the House was in need of some help to replace old, broken toilets with newly donated ones. Without being asked, our maintenance team jumped at the opportunity to provide further assistance and arranged a third volunteer day to get the work done at no cost to the shelter.
Legacy Partners believes in supporting the community in multiple ways. Our staff are provided 8-hours a year in paid volunteer hours.
We also have been an active participant for more than 10+years in Spring Clean, an AAMD sponsored annual workday supporting Family Homestead. Employees help lower operating costs for their transitional housing program by assisting with clean-up, painting and repairs to apartments.
Additionally, with the support of Adams county, Legacy Partners provides community guidance to youth exiting or aging out of the foster care program. Legacy staff teach life skills and basic apartment knowledge such as how to shut off water and the inner workings of an apartment in outreach workshops.
We are proud of our dedicated Griffis Residential team that has partnered with two organizations that give back to our Denver community. Extreme Community Makeover is an organization that works with volunteers throughout Denver to improve homes and neighborhoods.
They cultivate community among residents, neighborhoods and networks of local resources. Urban Peak is dedicated to short-term and long-term solutions for teenagers facing homelessness and the various accompanying hardships. This year we gathered together on multiple occasions to cook a healthy meal to serve to the youth as well as fill their pantry.
Through our GR Gives initiative, we offer every Associate 8 hours of volunteer time every year to help at non-profits such as these. We are currently working to start an independent Public Charity that will combine financial assistance, in-kind donation, volunteerism, and expertise in construction and capital projects to help those less fortunate in our communities.