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There are many Buckeyes who – for one reason or another – require assistance from the government every month. For these people, there is the possibility of getting a free government cell phone and service thanks to the national Lifeline Assistance program.
Ohio’s per capita income is around $34,874 currently, certainly not the highest in the nation. This is why free government cell phones are helping so many people in the state already. If you are a Buckeye and you meet the criteria below, you may be eligible to get a free phone and monthly service at no charge to you thanks to the Lifeline Assistance federal program.
There are two major phone carriers who provide a free government cell phone via the Lifeline program at this time.
To qualify for a free cell phone and monthly service from the government, you need to be getting assistance from one of the programs listed below.
- Food Stamps (SNAP)
- Ohio Works First
- Section 8 Housing
- Home Energy Assistance (HEAP)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Free National School Lunch Program (NSL)
- Ohio General Assistance or Disability Assistance
- Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
If your total monthly income is less than 135% of the national poverty level for the number of people in your household, you may also be eligible even if you are not currently receiving assistance from one of the programs listed above.