The Houston Community Voice Mail (HCVM) Program provides free voice mail service to people without phones seeking jobs, housing, health care, safety and stability. Through a partnership with Springwire and by request from a homeless services provider, we offer this program to enable phoneless people to communicate with potential employers, landlords and human service providers.
Like any voice mail account, it can be checked from any phone. Clients receive their local phone number, set up their greeting, and begin giving it to employers, landlords and family. Even for people with cell phones, a Community Voice Mail number can be a major asset when, for example, cell phone minutes run out. Community Voice Mail is entirely free to the user. Each year, when we measure results, consistently 76% of Community Voice Mail users reach one or more of their goals within 6-8 months.
The Coalition manages this service by specific request from local homeless service providers; if you are currently homeless and need this service, click here to locate a service provider who may request the service for you.
The ongoing success and expansion of Community Voice Mail hinges on caring people who will step up to ensure it is available in our community. Would you like to help provide this invaluable service?
It costs just $36 a year to support one voice mail user. Consider supporting one person or more by making an annual, quarterly or monthly recurring gift. See donation options.
On behalf of Community Voice Mail users throughout the Houston/Fort Bend County/Harris County area, thank you for helping extend a communications lifeline to thousands of our neighbors.
The results and outcomes of this initiative can be found in the following reports:
Broadcast Voicemail and Broadcast E-mails add value and assist clients with achieving their objectives. In a 2008 CVM client survey, 59% of CVM users have an e-mail address that they use on a regular basis. Eighty-five percent indicated that information related to jobs and/or housing would be the most important information to receive.
Click here to locate a service provider who may request the service for you.
If your Agency would like to offer HCVM directly to your clients as a case management tool, contact Scot More, Community Resources Manager (email@example.com or 832-531-6008).