Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has been described as “ten months of winter and two months of poor sledding.” But when it comes to looking for a job these days, Michigan residents face twelve months of poor sledding.
Manufacturing has always been huge in the Wolverine state. It accounts for more than 30% of the state’s economy. Of course, the auto industry is the state’s biggest industry and it has faced major problems in recent years. As a result, the cities of Detroit, Dearborn, Flint, Pontiac and Lansing have been devastated.
The state has tried to diversify by attracting more high-tech industries, but the effort is going more slowly than leaders had hoped.
Until the economy turns around, at least the Lifeline phone service program is here to help Michigan residents with free government cell phones.
Michigan is lucky in that it has all the big players from which to choose a free government cell phone. These four companies all offer close to the same thing, as they must work within the guidelines of the federal government’s Lifeline program.
- Assurance Wireless
- ReachOut Wireless
- Safelink Wireless
- Budget Mobile
- Life Wireless
- Tag Mobile
- EnTouch Wireless
- StandUp Wireless
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Michigan:
- Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
- Food Stamps
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- National School Lunch (free program only)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
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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