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Cellphones are commonly used by homeless people to stay in contact with family, potential employers and housing opportunities as seen here Jan. 18 at the Churches United for the Homeless shelter.

Cellphones an 'inexpensive necessity' for homeless

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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Like most people these days, Todd Rau needs his cellphone.

"I think a cellphone is a basic necessity for everyone," he said.


Does it matter that Rau is lacking other basic necessities? The 47-year-old is staying at Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead.

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