Most people experiencing homelessness do own cell phones, just like most of the rest of the population. Arguably, they are a necessity to modern life, and the options available today make them less of a luxury item and more of an important conduit to life on the streets. What’s more, people experiencing homelessness rarely have access to the newest model with the best plan – they tend to be very resourceful, and have phones or electronics that are passed down from family members, purchased at pawn shops or second hand stores and use pay-as-you-go plans.
People experiencing homelessness can use their phones to contact their social worker, find social services, email and text their friends and family, and for safety. As the existence of payphones dwindles, a cell phone can make the isolating experience of homelessness a little less lonely.
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