Support passage of the Calling For 2-1-1 Act (H.R. 211)
2-1-1 is an information and referral line that connects people to vital social services provided by a range of nonprofit and government agencies. This easy-to-remember number saves time and frustration by eliminating the need for callers to navigate a maze of agencies and help-lines. When a person calls 2-1-1, specially-trained information and referral personnel analyze what services are needed and provide the appropriate resource and related information.
Today, 2-1-1 service is available to 80% of the U.S. population via with 236 active 2-1-1 call centers in 46 states; however, because of the expanding reach and increasing visibility of 2-1-1, many 2-1-1 call centers lack the resources needed to build an adequate telecommunications infrastructure, provide appropriate staff levels and training, establish or maintain 24-hour-a-day service, ensure complete and accurate informational databases, and reach rural populations. The Calling for 2-1-1 Act would provide funding necessary to meet these needs.
As a result of the hardwork of 2-1-1 advocates like yourself congressional support for 2-1-1 is at an all-time high with 235 Representatives and 60 Senators currently cosponsoring the bill. This represents an increase of 91 Representatives and 11 Senators supporting the bill versus the previous session of Congress. While there is significant support for the bill additional cosponsors are needed to ensure the House of Representatives and Senate take up the bill and pass it.