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Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States that is located in the Caribbean. And even though there is a lot of sandy beaches and nice weather there most of the time, there are those who live there who occasionally need assistance from the US government.
The truth of the matter is that people on this island face many hardships that those on the mainland do not face. This is not even considering the current shaky economic state all over the world. Still, with so many good assistance programs available, people have somewhere to turn.
There is a lot of fraud concerning the Lifeline program in Puerto Rico, unfortunately, so you need to make sure you stick with a reputable company that will not take advantage of you in your time of need. These are the two major phone providers who participate in the Lifeline Assistance program that offers free government cell phones in Puerto Rico.
If you are currently getting help from any of the programs listed below – and can prove it with documentation – you may be eligible for your free cell phone and a set number of texts and calling minutes per month.
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Section 8 Housing
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
- National School Lunch Program – Free School Lunches
- Nutritional Assistance Program
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
If you do not receive assistance currently but you are interested in a free government cell phone in Puerto Rico, you may be able to get one if your total monthly income is less than 135% of the national US poverty level.