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Voicemail Offered to Homeless in Shelters

Nation IN BRIEF / ILLINOIS

January 08, 1999|From Times Wire Reports

Homeless people living in shelters across the United States will have access to voicemail boxes under a program developed by a cellular service provider to enable prospective employers, landlords and caseworkers to contact them. "Having to give a shelter number to a prospective employer or landlord as a point of contact can hurt the person's chance of improving his or her living conditions," Chicago-based U.S. Cellular Corp. said. The company said the program was developed for 120 shelters in its 25-state operating region.

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