Illinois has launched a statewide network that will receive, refurbish and redistribute used computers for those in need. Over 1.1 million Illinois households lack at-home computer access and this initiative aims to help bridge the digital divide for equitable advances in remote learning, work from home, telemedicine, and other requirements of everyday life. Link
Who is this program for?
Illinois households without access to a working computer or internet device or those seeking to donate are encouraged to visit PC’s for People’s website to register and learn more about how they can request a computer.
To be eligible, residents must be below 200 percent of the poverty level or enrolled in income-based government assistance programs, such as free or reduced school lunch, Medicaid or SNAP.
How do I apply to receive a free computer?
Residents seeking a newly refurbished computer should take the following steps:
Visit the PCs for People website here.
Find a community distribution event near you – and click the location to register, or go to the registration page here.
To apply, residents must produce proof of eligibility at the time of applying, including documentation of income-based government assistance. For more details please refer to eligibility guidelines here.
Wait for your application to be reviewed. Once approved for pick up at an event, you can collect your new computer/device. Plan to have proof of eligibility on hand. All community distribution events will observe COVID-19 health guidelines.
What if I don’t see a community event near me?
Events will be scheduled throughout 2021, with at least one in every Illinois county. Don’t see an event near you just yet? Check back for more information or sign up to hear when an event is planned near you here.