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.
Free Cell Phone Providers in Connecticut:
Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Connecticut. They all offer different plans with different numbers of minutes, different refill options, and serve different geographic areas. So click through them all and find the plan that’s best for you.
Lifeline Discount Companies in Connecticut
If you qualify for Lifeline Assistance, but you find that none of the companies offer free government cell phones where you live, you have another option. The companies below, while not offering free cell phone plans, do offer substantial Lifeline discounts off their regular mobile phone plans in Connecticut:
Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Connecticut:
You may qualify for the free cell phone if you receive benefits from any of the following programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Veterans Pension and Survivor's Benefit.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
- Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Tribal Head Start (only those households meeting its income qualifying standard)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Plus, you may be eligible under these state programs, until the new federal laws make them ineligible win 2017:
- Care for Kids
- Connecticut Energy Assistance Program
- Contingency Heating Assistance Program
- Personal Care Assistance
- Refugee Program
- Rental Assistance
- State Administered General Assistance
- State Supplement to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below, which are already calculated to the 135% levels:
|Income Based Eligibility for Connecticut|
|Members in Household||Annual income||Monthly Income|
|For each additional member add $5,516 annual or $468 monthly|
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