You’re eligible for Lifeline services if you live in Tribal lands and participate in any qualifying program, including Tribal programs, or if your income falls below the 135% poverty threshold.
Tribal lands include any federally recognized Indian tribe’s reservation, Pueblo, or colony, including former reservations in Oklahoma, Alaska Native regions, Hawaiian Home Lands, or Indian Allotments.
Tribal programs include Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families , and Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
You qualify if your current income is at or below the 135% Federal poverty threshold for your household size. Due to COVID-19, you only need to provide proof of your current income.
You’re eligible for Tribal Lifeline if you participate in any of the following programs and live on Tribal lands, including any federally recognized Indian tribe’s reservation, Pueblo, or colony, including former reservations in Oklahoma, Alaska Native regions, Hawaiian Home Lands, or Indian Allotments.
Must meet income eligibility
The Bureau of Indian affairs provides financial assistance and social services to federally recognized American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) tribal members.
Provides foods to low-income households living on tribal lands.
Administered at the Federal level and locally by either Indian tribal Organizations (ITOs, State agencies (SAs).
TANF programs for Indian tribes operate at the state level with four goals to help needy families.
Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives
End the dependence of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage
Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families
Head Start programs promote school readiness of low-income children by supporting the child development. Individuals that participate in Tribal Headstart must also meet income qualifications to qualify for Safeline.
You must meet the income requirement to qualify for Lifeline.
To qualify based on income only, or to meet the income requirement if you participate in Head Start, your current income must be 135% or less than the federal poverty guideline. The poverty guidelines differ by household size and state.
Due to COVID-19, you only need to provide proof that your current income falls below the threshold.