West Virginia: Providers of Cell Phones for the Poor

On one hand, West Virginia has weathered the terrible recession better than most states. On the other hand, the state faces problems other states don’t.

The Mountain State’s coal industry faces greater competition from other regions and other countries. On top of that, it faces even stricter government regulations.

So for all the West Virginians who have already lost their jobs and for those who will soon lose their jobs, we want you to know there’s help.

The Lifeline program can see to it that you get a free government cell phone and free monthly minutes to help you land an interview for a new job, to take care of emergencies, to stay in touch with your children and to reach your doctor.

Even better, all three of the major Lifeline suppliers do business in West Virginia as well as a number of smaller companies.

The Providers:

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

  • Emergency Assistance (EA)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance ( Section 8 )
  • Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch (Free program only)
  • School Clothing Allowance (SCA)
  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly the Food Stamps Program
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • WV Children’s Health Insurance Program (WV CHIP)

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see eligibility)

Latest News for West Virginia:

West Virginia Goodwill helping people qualify for Lifeline cell phones - We love stories like this. The needy are often those least able to navigate the waters of bureaucracy, so Goodwill Industries in Charleston, South Carolina is helping its people get free Lifeline cell phones.

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