InformationPlease.com says, “Although Puerto Rico has the most diversified and powerful industrial economy in the Caribbean, significant population growth and insufficient jobs have contributed to social and economic problems and to continued emigration.”
Fact is, residents of Puerto Rico face economic hardships that are completely unknown in the continental United States. The unemployment rate in the Commonwealth is a stunning 16.0% (as of April 2011). That puts a strain on a huge percentage of the island’s residents.
While things may look bleak, there is good news. The U.S. government’s Lifeline phone service program is now available to bring free cell phones and monthly minutes to Puerto Ricans. SafeLink, the largest of the major Lifeline providers, and newer entry Life Wireless, is now offering the program here.
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Puerto Rico:
- Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
- National School Lunch Program (NSL)
- Nutritional Assistance Program
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Assistance to 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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