Free Cellphone and text for California homeless


Impoverished and homeless Californians will soon be able to get free cellphones thanks to the statewide expansion of an initiative called “Lifeline.”

The federally funded program has been subsidizing home telephone service for low-income residents since 1985, but as communication technologies have evolved, so too have the needs of the program’s recipients.

In an effort to provide them with a more modern and efficient way to communicate with friends, family and potential employers, the state’s Public Utilities Commission is expanding the Lifeline program to include mobile phones as well. How to qualify.