Digital access is not just a privilege, it’s a basic right that is necessary to build opportunity and equity in our communities. That’s why we’ve dedicated so many resources and efforts towards bridging the digital divide in Detroit. Once the least connected city in America, Detroit is has gone from 40% digitally included to 70% in just three years.
This enormous progress comes in large part to the Rocket Mortgage Classic’s Changing the Course initiative, which was started with the goal of ensuring all Detroiters have access to the digital world and the opportunity it brings. The Rocket Mortgage Classic has raised $3.8 million for digital inclusion programs through its support for Connect 313, which was launched at the tournament in 2020.
A great example of how the Rocket Mortgage Classic and Rocket Community Fund partnered to support digital inclusion in Detroit is the recent opening of Human I-T’s first-ever retail space, located in the heart of Detroit’s fashion district on 7 Mile and Livernois. Human I-T on Seven Mile will offer access to low-cost internet, affordable digital devices, digital literacy training and tech support for Detroit residents.
The store is a milestone itself. The first of its kind in the nation, the project is the culmination of many partners coming together with a shared vision for creating a more equitable and digitally included Detroit.
We are beyond proud to support Human I-T and were grateful for the opportunity to tour the location and meet the people who will be running the day-to-day operations. Watch the video below to learn more about Human I-T on 7 Mile and the passionate people who turned a shared dream of digital access into a brick-and-mortar location supporting Detroit residents.