Friday, September 20, 2013

Eligible Utah Residents Now Able to Keep in Touch with Emergency Service Providers

If you live in Utah, receive welfare or government benefits like food stamps or Medicaid, and need a phone, Budget Mobile Lifeline can provide you with a free cell phone.

In 1997 nationwide wireless devices made 55,000 calls per day to 911. By 2012 that number had grown to more than 400,000 per day. Access to emergency services is just reason it's so necessary to have access to phone service and one of the reasons for the Lifeline cell phone program. Budget Mobile has nationwide coverage and there aren't any contracts. Your service also includes caller ID, call waiting, and voicemail.

You can qualify for a free phone if you meet income requirements or participate in any of the following programs:
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Federal Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Food Stamps
  • General Public Assistance
  • Head Start Programs (under income qualifying eligibility provision only)
  • Home Energy Assistance Target programs/Help Program
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Refugee Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Work Toward Employment
It's easy to get started or see if you qualify. Visit the Utah Lifeline cell phone page and enter your name, state, and zip code. We take you through enrollment step-by-step. Stop by our page and see if you qualify for a free phone.

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