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SALT LAKE CITY – Rose Park residents looking for Wi-Fi or computer access can now access it through Salt Lake City’s new pilot program, Rose Park Connect.
The partnership with the Rose Park Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake County aims to provide digital access to those needing information on essential services.
“Digital equity is a real issue that the pandemic has magnified and made more complex, but now, more than ever, people need access to information that can help them and keep them safe,” Mayor Erin Mendenhall said. “We want our residents to have a place where they can get online to apply for a job, find a COVID-19 testing site, do their homework, fill out their 2020 Census, and more.”
The computer lab is located in a common room at the meetinghouse on 760 North 1200 West. Community members will need to maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in the lab.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants to be good community partners in trying to provide essential computer access to our neighbors in the Rose Park Community,” said Carlton J. Christensen, Stake President. “We also know if we’re going to get through the challenging days ahead, it will really require us to work together and support one another.”
Rose Park Connect is being supported entirely with volunteers and the City providing the computer equipment.
Census staff from the Census Bureau are scheduled to be on site to answer questions and help residents complete the census. The County is coordinating with the County Health Department to have a community health worker present to provide COVID-19 prevention information as well as face masks for those in need.
The program will run during the month of August and will then be reevaluated to determine if needs are being met and whether adjustments are needed. The City hopes to expand the program to other neighborhoods with the help of community partners interested in participating.
As part of the digital access plan, the City is also working on offering outdoor access to Wi-Fi at the Sorenson Unity Center campus as well as smart solar benches that provide Wi-Fi and charging stations. More information will be released on those projects as they reach completion.
Rose Park Connect August Schedule:
Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
###Tags: 2020 U.S. Census, Carlton J. Christensen, County Health Department, Mayor Erin Mendenhall, Rose Park Connect, Rose Park Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake County