FERGUSON, Mo. — 5 On Your Side's Project 5 initiative is heading to Ferguson to help create a space for residents who cannot afford internet access to come and use computers for free.

The Southeast Ferguson community, according to community association president LaTasha Brown, is made up of more than 200 single-family homes and five apartment complexes. 

Brown said there many people in the community who don't have an internet connection in their homes and need to be able to access social services, pay their bills and do homework. 

"It's basically about connecting us to what's already here, empowering us to use it and helping us to grow," Brown said. 

Project 5 will work with the Southeast Ferguson Community Association to transform two vacant apartment units into a lab that can comfortably hold 15 to 20 computers. Brown said a donor has already donated 10 computers. She is currently reaching out to different internet providers with hopes of getting a business rate for the service. 

Brown said thousands of residents in the area will have access to the lab, and she believes it will be a game-changer for school-age children and elderly residents who need assistance monitoring services like housing.

You can read more about 5 On Your Side's Project 5 initiative here.

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