In Minnesota, visit www.dbproject.mn.org
In North Dakota, visit www.familyconnect.org
Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Consumers
If you think you can't afford telephone service, help is available. A federal program called Lifeline can help income-eligible consumers by providing discounts on basic monthly telephone service at their primary residence.
Lifeline Assistance provides discounts on basic monthly service at the primary residence for qualified telephone subscribers. These discounts can be $9.25 per month, depending on your state.
Eligibility criteria for Lifeline programs vary by state. Eligible subscribers participate in one of the following assistance programs or qualify based on income:
• Food Stamps
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
• Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
• National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
• Minnesota Family Investment Program
• Low-income at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guidelines (See http://aspe.hhs.gov/POVERTY/09poverty.shtml)
In Minnesota or South Dakota, you may apply for Lifeline or Linkup using this form. Eligibility is verified annually.
In North Dakota, contact your county social services office for the Lifeline/Linkup authorization form. You can also contact Red River Telephone or your state public service commission for more information about these programs and to determine whether or not you qualify for discounts.
To find the specific eligibility requirements for your state, visit the USAC Web site at www.lifelinesupport.org or contact Red River Telephone.