The employment situation is not improving much, and there are far too many unemployed, underemployed and unfortunate in the Bay State.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment peaked in January 2010 at 306,457. That number has eased in the last couple of years and now sits at a still unacceptable 265,588 (as of May, 2011).
For those of you who find yourself out of work and out of options, Lifeline phone service comes to the rescue. Now you can get a free cell phone and free minutes every month at no charge, thanks to the government’s Lifeline program.
Only one of the three largest companies that participates in the Lifeline program currently does business in Massachusetts, but luckily, that company is Safelink, the biggest of the big three.
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Massachusetts:
- Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
- Food Stamps
- Transitional Aid To Families with Dependent Children
- Fuel Assistance
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see Lifeline eligibility)
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