Lifeline Cell Phone Eligibility in Connecticut:

You may qualify for the free cell phone if you receive benefits from any of the following programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivor's Benefit.
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
  • Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
  • Tribal Head Start (only those households meeting its income qualifying standard)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Plus, you may be eligible under these state programs, until the new federal laws make them ineligible win 2017:

  • Care for Kids
  • Connecticut Energy Assistance Program
  • Contingency Heating Assistance Program
  • Personal Care Assistance
  • Refugee Program
  • Rental Assistance
  • State Administered General Assistance
  • State Supplement to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below, which are already calculated to the 135% levels:

Income Based Eligibility for Connecticut
Members in Household Annual income
1 member $16,389
2 members $22,221
3 members $28,053
4 members $33,885
5 members $39,717
6 members $45,549
7 members $51,381
8 members $57,213
For each additional member add $5,832 annually