Federal Poverty Guidelines, by state, for Lifeline free government cell phones

One way to qualify for free government cell phone from Safelink Wireless, Assurance Wireless, ReachOut Wireless and any other similar companies that work with the FCC’s Lifeline and Link-Up programs, is if your household income is at or below either 135% or 150% of the poverty level set by the federal government for your state. This does not apply in some states, so ask the wireless phone company specifically if your state allows this qualification and if so, what it is.

The first chart below is the level from the Federal Poverty Guidelines developed by Health and Human Services (HHS). Lifeline uses — depending upon the state, either 135% or 150% of these numbers. We’ve created two additional charts that shows the levels at 135%, which is used in all states other than Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas, and 150%, which is used in Florida, Kanasas, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas.

Note that some states may not allow the qualification by household income, by only by participation in certain federal assistance programs.

2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Size of
Family Unit

48 Contiguous
States and D.C.

Alaska

Hawaii

1

$11,670

$14,580

$13,420

2

15,730

19,660

18,090

3

19,790

24,740

22,760

4

23,850

29,820

27,430

5

27,910

34,900

32,100

6

31,970

39,980

36,770

7

36,030

45,060

41,440

8

40,090

50,140

46,110

For each additional
person, add

4,060

5,080

4,670

2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines X 135%

Here are the same numbers, multiplied by the 135% that the Lifeline program uses in all states other than Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas.

Size of
Family Unit

48 Contiguous
States and D.C.

Alaska

Hawaii

1

$15,755

$19,683

$18,117

2

21,236

26,541

24,422

3

26,717

33,399

30,726

4

32,198

40,257

37.031

5

37,679

47,115

43,335

6

43,160

53,973

49,640

7

48,641

60,831

55,944

8

54,122

67,689

62,249

For each additional
person, add

5,481

6,858

6,305

2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines X 150%

Here are the same numbers, multiplied by the 150% that the Lifeline program uses for qualification in the states of Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas.

Size of
Family Unit

48 Contiguous
States and D.C.

Alaska

Hawaii

1

$17,505

$21,870

$20,130

2

23,595

29,490

27,135

3

29,685

37,110

34,140

4

35,775

44,730

41,145

5

41,865

52,350

48,150

6

47,955

59,970

55,155

7

54,045

67,590

62,160

8

60,135

75,210

69,165

For each additional
person, add

6,090

7,620

7,805

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