Check out SF.gov to learn how to apply for free or low-cost phone and internet services to stay connected during COVID-19 closures and social distancing.
Families who receive support through programs like CalFresh, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the National School Lunch Program, and MediCal may qualify for these offers. Households with K-12 students, college students, and adults over 60 years of age may also qualify.
Additionally, Wifi hotspots are being distributed to public school students with the most need during distance learning -see SFUSD's guide with getting online and our related article, "What are opportunities, best practices and resources to support my school age children with distance learning with the school semester?"
Free, high-quality Internet service is currently being provided at dozens of affordable housing sites across San Francisco. Check the Fiber to Housing website to see if your building has free Internet already installed.
Service providers are also expanding offerings for existing customers and removing penalties for late or missed payments during this time. Check out the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Keep Americans Connected pledge for a list of 500+ companies nationwide that have pledged to waive payment late fees for the next 60 days.
Disclaimer: Children’s Council does not endorse any of these services. Please check all websites for the most up to date information regarding program availability and eligibility.