In 2010, Neighborhood Learning Alliance received a $748,000 federal grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) to launch four Pittsburgh CONNECTS public computer centers located in the Southside Hilltop, Hill District, Garfield, and Homewood communities. Additional funding from the Pittsburgh Foundation and contributions from the primary partner agencies, Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, Hill House, and Center Avenue and Homewood YMCAs helped Neighborhood Learning Alliance to start addressing the computer usage and literacy gap.
There is no charge to sign up to use Pittsburgh CONNECTS centers. Each center is open seven days a week, late into the evening and is equipped with laptop computers, printers and high speed Internet service. Users must be a resident of the City of Pittsburgh and be at least 12 years of age (Parental permission required for youth under 16).
At the time of registration, each person is assigned a username and an account that enables them to store files on Pittsburgh CONNECTS servers. The same login can be used at any of the four public computer centers. Users may bring their own laptops to use, but are required to login with their Pittsburgh CONNECTS account to gain access to the internet.
An evolving schedule of trainings and activities take place within the centers to meet the needs of every age and skill level. At the same time collaborations with community agencies are being planned to extend the capacity of the computer labs, taking laptops into the community for even greater impact. Visit our website pghconnects.org to see a full schedule of events for each site!
5321 Penn Avenue
The Bloomfield Garfield Computer Center, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, and the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation are housed here, giving this lab unique access to employment programs in Pittsburgh.
1860 Center Avenue
Visiting the Hill House Computer Center gives you access to an array of services for Hill District residents such as childcare, youth services, workforce development, and computer training.
500 Brownsville Road
The Hilltop Computer Center is a community center equipped not only with computers, printing, and Wi-Fi Internet, but also with ample space where community members can host events like classes and workshops!
7140 Bennet Street
The Homewood-Brushton Computer Center is a warm and welcoming cafe-style space furnished with coffee tables and a relaxing couch. We play great music, too!