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Google Offers Homeless Free Voicemail  (Source: MSNBC)
Google says the voicemail will allow doctors and employers to contact the homeless

The problem for many homeless job seekers and homeless people with medical conditions is that while they can get assistance with healthcare and looking for a job, they don’t typically have a way for doctors or potential employers to contact them.

Google announced this week that it would offer free voicemail to every homeless person in San Francisco. The voicemail will cost the homeless people nothing and messages can be retrieved from any phone. The users would be able to leave their own personal greetings and the numbers are theirs to keep forever.

Google says that there will be nothing to indicate to people calling the voicemail that it is anything other than a standard local number. This will allow homeless to fill out job applications and leave a contact number, making them more likely to find work. The numbers can also be used to allow doctors and clinics to contact users as well as giving family a way to reach the homeless.

Craig Walker, senior project manager at Google told MSNBC, "It just seems exactly like any other voicemail. There's no stigma attached to it that 'hey this is a temporary thing' or 'this is an 800 number.' It's really just a local number owned by the user."

The program is ready to start in San Francisco right away and if successful could be rolled out to more cities across the country in the future. Google also announced another new imitative today called Google Health that allows people to keep medical records in one place.

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By Bremen7000 on 2/29/2008 11:36:03 PM , Rating: 2
"Are they giving them an address as well?"

Beggars can't be choosers. </LOL>

By zombiexl on 3/1/2008 11:57:38 AM , Rating: 3
I dont know, once I saw a guy holding a sign askign for money for food. I went to Wendys and bought him a meal and brought it to him. He got upset and threw it on the ground.

By LatinMessiah on 3/4/2008 1:27:50 PM , Rating: 2
I went to Wendys and bought him a meal and brought it to him. He got upset and threw it on the ground.

That's because it wasn't McDonald's.

By jlips6 on 3/4/2008 8:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
there's a couple reasons why he would have done that. most likely is that he actually wanted money for cigarettes, liquor, or other such vices, and your meal was prohibiting him from getting that money. two is you somehow insulted him (i can't figure out how), and three (which is the most unlikely) he can't eat whatever food you're giving him because of medical reasons. (such as celiac disease, or some other intolerance.)

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