Iowa: Government Cell Phones

A recent Gallup survey measured the Economic Confidence Index in every state and showed that the state of Iowa felt better about the future than the citizens of any other state.

The survey asked about both national economic conditions as well as local economic conditions – including things like hiring activity in their workplace.

Despite the fact that Iowans are relatively upbeat about the future, there are tens of thousands of people in the state who are having financial trouble right now. The state’s unemployment rate is good compared to the rest of the country, but still hovers around the 6% level.

But there’s good news for needy Iowans. You may qualify for a free cell phone and free monthly minutes. There are three providers of these phones in Iowa, but one it’s the fastest growing company, backed by Sprint/Nextel’s Virgin Mobile and Budget Mobile is expanding rapidly.

You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Iowa:

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program

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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