Pandemic shows need for help from Lifeline

The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the importance of having a telephone or internet connection in every household.

Unfortunately, many Illinois households struggle to afford the cost of this vital connection to schools, employers, healthcare providers, friends and family. If you or a loved one is struggling to make ends meet right now, the Lifeline program may help.

Lifeline Awareness Week is sponsored to provide information about this program.

Lifeline is a federally funded program that partially subsidizes the cost of one telephone or broadband service per household on either a mobile or landline connection.

Participants in Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, federal public housing assistance, veterans pension, survivors benefits programs and people earning 135 percent or less of federal poverty guidelines are eligible.

If you believe you are eligible, you can apply or learn more about participating companies at

You can also contact your telephone or broadband provider directly to see if they participate in Lifeline.

In Illinois, a program funded entirely through voluntary donations also subsidizes the installation of phone, and now internet, service for Lifeline participants.

We all rely on telephone or internet service. No one needs to go without this vital lifeline because of cost.

More information is available on the Link Up Illinois page on Facebook and on the website where people can receive more information or make a donation at

via The Beverly Review

September 23, 2020 at 06:56AM

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