Washington State Cell Phones for the Poor

Believe it or not, not everyone in the state of Washington works for Microsoft or Boeing. In fact, a considerable number don’t work at all.

The Washington economic recovery has slowed since March after fairly strong growth atthe end of 2010 and early 2011. And the unemployment rate is stuck just below 9.0%.

Fact is, there’s a lot less green in the Evergreen State than there used to be. Greenbacks, that is.

Luckily, the Lifeline phone service program is alive and well in Washington. That means the state’s residents who find themselves in financial hardship can get free cell phones and free minutes every month to take care of all their basic and emergency needs.

You have these different companies to choose from industrys leader SafeLink Wireless and Assurance Wireless, to their smaller and growing competitors.

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

  • Community Options Program Entry System (COPES)
  • Disability Lifeline (formerly General Assistance)
  • DSHS Chore Service
  • Medical Assistance (including Medicare cost-sharing programs)
  • Refugee Assistance
  • State Family Assistance (SFA)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP (Food Stamps)
  • 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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