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.
Free Cell Phone Providers in Massachusetts:
Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Massachusetts. 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 Massachusetts
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 Massachusetts:
Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Massachusetts:
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Massachusetts:
- Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children
- Federal Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
- Food Stamps
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
- National School Lunch (free program only)
- Supplemental Security Income
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Tribally Administered Free Lunch Program (income based only)
- Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Take a look at our chart below, which show these 135% levels, and compare your income:
|Income Based Eligibility for Massachusetts|
|Members in Household||Annual income||Monthly Income|
|For each additional member add $5,516 annual or $460 monthly|
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