The purpose of Lifeline Awareness Week is to ensure that eligible low-income families and other eligible individuals are aware of the Lifeline Program and its eligibility criteria, non-duplication rules, annual recertification requirements, as well as to encourage enrollment.
A connection to voice and broadband services provides vulnerable families and adults with the means to stay in contact with vital emergency services and community resources.
o Function of Lifeline Program: Lifeline Support helps low income consumers connect to the nation’s voice and broadband networks, find jobs, access health care services, connect with family, and call for help in an emergency. It provides discounts on monthly service for qualified customers. The federal discount for non-Tribal consumers is $9.25 per month. Many States provide additional matching Lifeline monies to qualifying consumers in their jurisdictions.
o Enhanced Lifeline Support: Lifeline provides qualified subscribers living on tribal lands with discounts of up to an additional $25 per month on basic monthly voice and/or broadband bill, up to $34.25. Income and eligibility requirements: The Lifeline Program is available to qualifying consumers in every state, territory and commonwealth.
§ Under the federal eligibility criteria: subscribers must either have an income that is at or below 135 percent of the federal Poverty Guidelines, or participate in one of the following assistance programs:
· Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps);
· Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
· Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA or Section 8);
· Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit;
· Tribal Programs
o Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance;
o Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF);
o Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR);
o Head Start (only households meeting its income qualifying standard)
To enroll, consumers will be required to show a card, letter, or official document, as proof that they participate in one of these programs or provide proof of qualifying income when they apply for Lifeline.
To find out how to apply, visit www.lifelinesupport.org, or call the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) or a participating voice and broadband provider.