The US government is rolling out an assistance program for the underprivileged in Massachusetts.  The Lifeline program that provides Free Government Cell Phones in Massachusetts for unemployed and low-income families in the Bay State.  With a cell phone, you’re able to keep in touch with family, friends, and you will also have a way to be contacted by potential employers.

To qualify for the program, you need to be receiving state assistance or part of the various aid programs designed to help Massachusetts residents.  These programs include: (but are not limited t0)

  • Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Food Stamps 
  • Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • National School Lunch Program (Free Lunch Program Only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Total household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

If you consider yourself or your family as belonging to those categories and you can prove it, the state will consider your application and assist you accordingly.  The program is a real boon to low-income earners and the unemployed who are making the effort to find job opportunities or aid programs that can cushion them from the vagaries of economic downturns.  In the modern world, job adverts require applicants to provide their cell phone contacts so that any correspondence flows through reliable channels.   The Lifeline program seeks to bridge this gap between the state, employers and the unemployed, who may be in situations that are so difficult, they cannot afford phone call costs.


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