A $22 Million Plan to Connect California Foster Youth with Free Phones and Internet
Deitrick Foley has had 12 different phone numbers since he got his first phone at age 13. But throughout an adolescence spent in foster care, the one number Deitrick always keeps on speed dial is that of his twin brother, Devonte.
Why Calif.’s Lifeline Wireless is a Big Deal for Foster Youth
As reported in The Imprint last week, California has extended its emergency telephone program for low-income households to include wireless options. The inclusion of non-landline phones in the federally subsidized Lifeline Program has been a thorny subject for spending hawks, who have taken to calling such expansion “Obamaphone.”
California OKs Free and Cheap Cell Phone Options for Low-income, Foster Youths
The California Public Utilities Commission has signed off on expanding the state’s emergency phone plan to include wireless devices. It is a move that will provide access to cell phones for many low-income young adults, including current and former foster youths.