Do I Qualify?
Lifeline service is offered to eligible individual and household based on income or public assistance program participation. An individual or household should fall at or under the maximum income guideline requirement to avail lifeline service through income based process. To get benefit of lifeline program, subscribers must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. Read the federal Poverty Guidelines to learn more.
You need to submit income proof documents establishing that your household income is fulfilling income guideline requirement. Income proof documents consist of:
- Prior year’s state, federal, or tribal tax return
- Income statements or pay-check stubs for three consecutive months within the calendar year
- Statement of benefits from Social Security, Veterans Administration, retirement/pension, unemployment compensation, and/or workmen’s compensation
- Divorce decree
- Child support document
- Other official documents
You can also be eligible for lifeline service if you or a member of your household is participating in one of the following qualifying public assistance program.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
- CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
- Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKs)
- Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
- Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)
- Tribal TANF
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
A household means any individual or group of individuals who are living together at the same address as one economic unit. An “economic unit” consists of all adult individuals contributing to and sharing in the income and expenses of a household.