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The Government Benefits Program created a program where qualified individuals may apply to obtain a free cell phone. Lifeline is available to provide free cell phones and free minutes to Ohio’s residents.

Ohio residents have a number of Lifeline providers to choose from. You can call several of them and see what types of phones they offer, and ask about texting charges and rollover minutes — the plans may differ slightly.

There is also information there to apply for cheap Internet service.

 

Qualifications/Eligibility

You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Ohio:

  • Section 8/Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Free National School Lunch Program (NSL)
  • General Assistance/Disability Assistance
  • Home Energy Assistance (HEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI)
  • Ohio Works First or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

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