Virginia residents have a reason to cheer as the Lifeline program by the Federal Government has reached them.  The Virginia Universal Service Plan provides free cell phones along with carrier services including 250 minutes of local and long distance calls to low-income residents.   The aim of the program is to provide connectivity to alleviate the communication barrier among the low-income family households.

To qualify for free government cell phones in Virginia, your family has to be enrolled in any one of the following programs:

  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance  (Section 8)
  • Food Stamps 
  • The Supplemented Security Income program
  • National School Lunch Program 
  • School Clothing Allowance
  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 

The program is for the households and not for individuals and must have a valid mailing address to receive the cell phone.  (PO boxes are not allowed in the program.)

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