Eligibility varies from state to state, however you may qualify if you are receiving assistance from any of the following government programs*:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • EBT/ Food Stamps/ SNAP
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met)
  • Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP, LIHEAP & E-HEAP)
  • MediCAID (MediCARE not accepted)
  • National School Lunch Program
  • State Assistance Programs (if applicable)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Security – Blind & Disabled
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Work First (TANF)
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)

*You may also qualify based on your household income. The following table lists the 2015 Maximum Yearly Income based upon 135% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.

Household Size 48 Contiguous States and D.C. Alaska Hawaii
1 $15,890 $19,872 $18,293
2 $21,506 $26,892 $24,746
3 $27,122 $33,912 $31,199
4 $32,738 $40,932 $37,652
5 $38,354 $47,952 $44,105
6 $43,970 $54,972 $50,558
7 $49,586 $61,992 $57,011
8 $55,202 $69,012 $63,464
For each additional person, add: $5,616 $7,020 $6,453

Please note:  Some states may use a different household income level as their Lifeline eligibility criterion.  In Michigan, and other Federal Default States, your income can qualify you at 150% of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline.

• Source: Federal Poverty Guidelines
• The federal poverty guidelines are typically updated at the end of January.