Connecting People Without Phones to Opportunity

Open Access Connections (formerly Twin Cities Community Voice Mail or TCCVM) provides communication resources to homeless and low-income Minnesotans. We offer free voice mail services, which enables our clients to access housing, employment, health care, safety resources, and more. We partner with over 300 community organizations to to distribute our free voice mail services. Click here to find your nearest free voice mail provider.

We are also a consumer advocate for the federal Lifeline program, which provides free cell phones with limited minutes to eligible participants. Click here to access our Lifeline consumer educational materials.

The communication resources provided by Open Access Connections helps low-income people achieve dignity and self sufficiency. You can help us create a link to dignity and hope through a tax-deductible donation.




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    “GREAT TOOLS TO KEEP IN TOUCH” – Open Access voice mail & Lifeline cell phones

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    A voice mail participant tells us why having both a Lifeline cell phone and an Open Access Voice mail number is the best way to go to meet his communications needs.


    How is our voicemail helpful to you? (posted 03/15)

    Recently, Open Access Connections sent out a broadcast message asking individuals on our community voicemail to share how having a voicemail number has been a useful communication tool. Here is a response from a Cheryl Kenney who relies on her voicemail for basic communication:   “Yes, hello I would like to say that I’ve benefited […]

    Section 8 Step-by-Step Guide (posted 02/15)

    The Metro HRA will be accepting online applications for the Housing Choice Waiting List from 8 am Tuesday, February 24 until noon Friday, February 27. The Metro HRA will place 2,000 applicants on the waiting list through a random drawing from all applications received in the 3 day open period. Sections 8 Housing program will […]

    MFIP Increase: Response #1 (posted 02/15)

    Open Access Connections recently sent our a broadcast message to all of our community voice mail users across the state inquiring as to how $100 increase to MFIP would help their family. Sharon Neal was the first to respond to our broadcast. Click here to listen to her response. “Hi this is Sharon Neal. I […]