Life is full of twists and turns, and sometimes, unexpected financial challenges can come knocking at your door. When bills start piling up, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. There are resources that can offer a helping hand when you need it most.
This slideshow will walk you through various avenues for obtaining financial assistance with your bills, ranging from phone and internet expenses to general financial aid and utility bill support. Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools to navigate these challenging times and find the relief you need
Navigating the modern world often means staying connected, but the costs of phone and internet bills can sometimes add stress to our lives, especially if facing other financial hardships. The good news is that there are programs designed to provide bill assistance to those in need.
Let’s explore two impactful programs – the Lifeline program and the Affordable Connectivity Program – that offer support for affordable phone and internet services.
The Lifeline program has been aiding low-income households since 1985. Its mission is to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to connect to jobs, family, emergency services, and more through phone and internet services.
As of 2023, eligible households can receive up to $9.25 off the monthly cost of phone, internet, or bundled services. If you reside on tribal lands, you might qualify for up to $34.25 per month for this service and potential reductions for first-time connection charges.
You can apply for Lifeline online, by mail, or through participating phone and internet companies. To qualify for Lifeline, your household income must usually be at or less than 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. You may also automatically qualify if someone in your household is participating in select government assistance programs, such as SNAP (food stamps) or Medicaid.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is another crucial resource dedicated to helping families struggling to afford internet service bills. As of 2023, eligible households can receive up to a $30/month discount on internet service. If your family is on qualifying Tribal lands, the benefit extends to up to $75/month.
Additionally, you may be able to get a one-time discount of up to $100 for purchasing a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment ranging from $10 to $50).
Eligibility for the Affordable Connectivity Program includes households with income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. It also encompasses individuals receiving help from other qualifying programs, such as Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, Lifeline, and Federal Housing Assistance.
In a rapidly digital world, staying connected is essential. These programs are here to try and make that easier for those who qualify. The Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program have made it their mission to bridge gaps and ensure access to essential services for those who need them most.
Let’s move on to our next slide to discover an array of resources for general financial assistance, including government, non-profit, and charity options.