Thursday, February 28, 2008

Google is giving free telephone numbers to the homeless

Internet giant Google announced on Wednesday a plan to partner with all the homeless shelters in San Francisco and offer free phone numbers and voice mail accounts to homeless individuals, giving people the ability to distribute their own phone numbers and retrieve voice mail messages left for them whenever and from wherever they choose.

Having phone service is something most people take for granted, but for a homeless person it's a luxury that could lead to better circumstances, said Mayor Gavin Newsom, who was on hand for Wednesday's announcement at Project Homeless Connect, a bimonthly event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium where the homeless can show up and receive free services. » Full article here

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