Lifeline Assistance Program

Many individuals or low-income families qualify for assistance with telephone charges, but don’t realize that this help is available to them. If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, or have a friend for family member in this situation, we encourage you to look into these programs.

 

The Lifeline Program is designed to reduce the monthly telephone charges for low income-eligible customers. Lifeline Program is only for households with a phone line. Lifeline can save you $9.25 per month depending on where you live.

Eligibility guidelines vary throughout the country. In Minnesota, you may be eligible for Lifeline if:

  • you, or someone in your household, participates in one of the following federal assistance programs:
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    • Medicaid
    • National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Any additional qualifying program established by your state; or
  • your household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines  PDF (opens in new window).

    Eligibility guidelines vary throughout the country. In Wisconsin, you may be eligible for Lifeline if:
  • you, or someone in your household, participates in one of the following federal assistance programs:
    • Wisconsin Homestead Tax Credit (Schedule H)
    • Wisconsin Works (W2)
    • Medical Assistance (MA)
    • Badger Care
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Food Stamps
    • Low Income Home Energy Assis-tance Program (LIHEAP)
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance
    • TANF
    • National School Lunch Program

You may also be eligible for Lifeline if:

  • you reside on Tribal lands (any federally recognized Indian tribe's reservation) and you participate in any of the above federal assistance programs; or
  • you, or someone in your household, participates in one of the following assistance programs:
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard)
    • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

To learn more about Lifeline, visit www.lifelinesupport.org, or stop by your local BEVCOMM office for more details.

Minnesota Lifeline Credit Application Form
Wisconsin Lifeline Credit Application Form