When most people think of Connecticut, they think of ocean front homes occupied by wealthy Wall Street commuters and deep-pocketed insurance executives. It may be the last place in the United States you’d foresee a need for a program like Lifeline.
But the simple fact is, there are nearly 300,000 residents of the Constitution State who qualify for free cell phones from the government. Shocking. 300,000 people in one of our wealthiest states.
Like many states, Connecticut has spent too much and brought in too little. The governor and state legislature are now cutting back and the only solutions are to cut all government employee salaries or to lay off some state employees so the rest can maintain their current salaries.
In other words, the situation is going to be worse before it gets better and even more people will soon be eligible for the LifeLine program.
There are two cell phone providers in Connecticut that offer free phones from the government. Contact either in the list below. Then say thanks to the government’s Lifeline program (Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund). Make sure you qualify for Lifeline.
You may qualify for the free cell phone if you receive benefits from any of the following programs:
- Care for Kids
- Connecticut Energy Assistance Program
- Contingency Heating Assistance Program
- Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
- Food Stamps
- Medicaid/Title 19 (including Husky and Healthy Start)
- Personal Care Assistance
- Refugee Program
- Rental Assistance
- State Administered General Assistance
- State Supplement to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Family Assistance
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see eligibility)
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