Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: facilitating nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services
Source: Calling for 2-1-1 Act (S.211 and H.R.211)
A bill to facilitate nationwide availability of 2-1-1 telephone service for information and referral on human services & volunteer services. Congress makes the following findings:
The FCC has assigned 2-1-1 as the national telephone number for information and referral on human services.
2-1-1 facilitates critical connections between families seeking services, including community-based and faith-based organizations.
There are approximately 1,500,000 nonprofit organizations in the US [which would be listed in the 2-1-1 service].
Government funding supports well-intentioned programs that are not fully utilized because of a lack of access to such programs.
A national cost-benefit analysis estimates a net value to society of a national 2-1-1 system approaching $130,000,000 in the first year alone.
While 69% of the population has access to 2-1-1 telephone service from a land line in
41 States, inadequate funding prevents access to that telephone service throughout each of the States.
2-1-1 telephone service facilitates the availability of a single repository where comprehensive data on all community services is collected & maintained.
Introductory statement by Sponsor:
Sen. CLINTON: In the immediate aftermath of the devastation of September 11, most people did not know where to turn for information about their loved ones. Fortunately for those who knew about it, 2-1-1 was already operating in Connecticut, and it was critical in helping identify the whereabouts of victims, connecting frightened children with their parents, providing information on terrorist suspects, and linking ready volunteers with victims.
Every single American should have a number they can call to cut through the chaos of an emergency. That number is 2-1-1. It's time to make our citizens and our country safer by making this resource available nationwide.
Headline: Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services