Public Housing Neighborhood Networks (NN)



Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)


Allows public housing authorities to use their capital and operating funds to establish and run neighborhood networks that operate as community technology centers. Provides public housing residents with access to computers, computer training, internet, and a wide-range of services to help them become economically self-sufficient. Capital funds can be used in the first year of operation to pay for a new center and center costs, as well as other expenses such as equipment, internet connectivity, renovation, remodeling, staff salary, and insurance. Operating Funds must be used to keep the center operating beyond the first year.

Capital funds may be used in the first year of operation to establish a Neighborhood Networks (NN) or for the initial operation costs. Expenses capital funds may be used for can include:

  • Computer equipment and equipment upgrades
  • Space renovations and remodeling
  • Internet connection and utilities
  • Staff salary
  • Insurance
  • Routers for individual living units across an entire building or development, but not on a case-by-case basis

Operating funds may be used for ongoing costs beyond the first year of operation. Expenses operating funds may be used for can include:

  • Ongoing internet connection fees and utilities
  • Staff salary
  • Insurance
  • Ongoing maintenance of routers in housing units
  • Other activities related to the computer center, such as training programs

Public housing authorities cannot use their capital or operating funds to pay for HUD-assisted housing residents' internet access.

Amount of Funding

HUD awards capital fund and operating fund amounts by formula.

The capital fund formula is based primarily on the number and type of housing units in a public housing authority's inventory.

Who Can Apply

Public housing authorities are eligible to apply.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Buildings and Facilities • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Information on developing a proposal to establish a Neighborhood Network center can be found in the HUD Capital Fund Guidebook.

For questions about using Capital and Operating Funds to establish and operate a Neighborhood Network, contact the Office of Public and Indian Housing Neighborhood Network program at 800-955-2232.


For program questions:

Topics This Program Addresses

Employment • Housing and Homelessness • Infrastructure • Teleservices and Technology