As a California resident, your household may be eligible for a free cell phone and free service from a California LifeLine provider.
You must qualify for this California LifeLine program. Here’s how:
You or a member of your household may qualify for a free cell phone and free service from a California LifeLine provider, if you participate in certain public assistance programs such as:
- CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (Not the same as Social Security Benefits)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
- California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS)
- Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKS)
- Welfare to Work (WTW)
- Greater Avenue for Independence (GAIN)
- Tribal TANF
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
You may also qualify based on household income. You must provide proof of program participation or proof of income when you submit your official California LifeLine Application Form to the California LifeLine Administrator.
The California LifeLine Program is a state program that provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible households. The California LifeLine discounts help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills. Only one discount per household is allowed, (except for teletypewriter users and for Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program participants). Each household must choose to get the discount either on a home phone or on a cell phone, but not on both. To learn more about the California Public Utility Commission (PUC) LifeLine Program, go to www.cpuc.ca.gov