Low Income Survivors to Thrivers
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Landlines & Cell Phones and Service

Apply for Lifeline Universal Phone Service in Your State

Lifeline Landline Phones, Cell Phones & Low-Cost Internet Service

SERVICE/SUPPORT TYPELifeline Landline Phones and Cell Phones/Service
AGENCYLifeline Phone Service                                                                             
COSTFree to Low-Cost
ELIGIBILITY SUMMARYGenerally, only one Lifeline service is allowed per household. Basically, if you or your dependent child are receiving public benefits or if your income is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines based on the household size and state, you may be eligible for a free Lifeline cell phone or Internet service. Programs include SNAP (CalFRESH in California) (used to be referred to as “food stamp” benefits), Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California), Social Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), Veteran’s Pension/Survivor’s Benefit or tribal programs while living on federal tribal lands if you participate in any of the following programs: one of the federal assistance programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (for those who income qualify); Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF) or a food distribution program on Indian Reservations.
WEB LINKCompanies Near Me – Lifeline Support – USAC
Lifeline – Universal Service Administrative Company (usac.org)
Home – Lifeline National Verifier (servicenowservices.com)
Lifeline Support for Affordable Communications | Federal Communications Commission (fcc.gov)
APPLICATIONApply directly with Lifeline company selected by zip code or city/state and the product desired:
Companies Near Me – Lifeline Support – USAC
ADDITIONAL INFOEnsure that if you have a current cell phone plan with a contract, you fulfill your contract guidelines and don’t just stop paying the bill. Once the contractual obligations have been met, then consider starting anew with Lifeline Phone Service.
What Network Do They Use? – Cellular Back Door
Networks and Carriers – CompareCellular.com
Lifeline Universal Phone Service
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