Think of Arizona and you think of natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest and those giant Saguaro cactus (or is it cacti?). Add in the sunshine and warm weather and the last thing you’d think of is poverty. But much to our surprise, the Census Bureau rates Arizona as the state with the second highest poverty level.
Dig these statistics: More than 20% of Arizona residents live below the official poverty level. Sadly, that’s a higher percentage than any state other than Mississippi.
Let’s get specific: According to the U.S. Census Bureau almost 1,400,000 Arizonans live in households that earn less than the federal poverty level. That’s equal to 21.2% of the population. Compare that to the national figure of just 14.3% and you can see that poverty is a severe problem for the Grand Canyon State.
But it gets even worse. Among those from 18 to 64, the poverty rate is 18.4%. Among the elderly – 65 and older – 13.8% live in poverty.
Please allow us to inject a note of hope into this grim discussion: The LifeLine program is available in Arizona and can be a huge help in allowing you to get in touch with potential employers.
How to get a free cell phone in Arizona
There are three providers of free Lifeline cell phones in Arizona:
- Assurance Wireless
- Budget Mobile
- Safelink Wireless
- Life Wireless
- Tag Mobile
- StandUp Wireless
- EnTouch Wireless
You are eligible for the government phone in Arizona if you receive benefits from any of these programs:
- Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Food Stamps
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- National School Lunch (free program only)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- State Child Health Insurance Plan/KIDCARE
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see eligibility)
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