Aug 312011
 
Today’s economy is killing us Americans.  That being said, there are some programs out there to help those out who need it; however, sometimes one really has to ‘dig’ to find these programs.  The program I want to share with you is Safelink Wireless.  

Safelink Wireless is available to those who participate in certain government assistance programs. For instance, in NH if you participate in one of the following programs, you qualify for Safelink.

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Food Stamps
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program (NSL)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Safelink is a Lifeline Service.  They provide you with a free cell phone and so many free minutes a month.  One can add minutes to the plan they’ve signed up for, via prepaid cards in stores or on the Internet. Safelink offers 3 different plans to chose from. Take the time to compare the plans that are offered to you.
I mentioned above that it’s a Lifeline Service.  What this means, is phone companies offer a lifeline service to their customers which reduces the customer’s phone bill.  This service can only be utilized by the needy (low income, health issues etc.).  The service has been in place for at least 20 years as I’ve had this on my home phone due to my son’s disabilities.  Then a few years back, Safelink was born.  The catch to the program is that you can’t be receiving a lifeline discount on your home phone and utilize the Safelink program…it’s one or the other.  Sign-up for Safelink Wireless is simple and can be completed online.
Now you may not need this service, but you may know someone who could benefit from it.  For instance, my mother receives fuel assistance and that qualified her for the program.  This puts her mind at ease where she is in her mid seventies and lives alone. She has the phone on her at all times in the event that she needs to call for help.  And I will tell you, she has had to call for help twice!  She fell once on ice in her yard and another time she was seated in her car and couldn’t get out – her hips froze up. 
You can read all about the program {here}.  The site is an encrypted site, so you needn’t worry about personal information being entered.  It took me all of fifteen minutes to sign my mom up; and then another two hours before I received the email that her information was verified, and that her phone was on the way.  

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  1. Good post:)

  2. Great information! Thank you 🙂

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