The Lifeline program provides discounts on monthly phone service charges and Link Up provides a discount on the cost of installing phone service for qualifying low-income households. Lifeline and Link Up are supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides federal money to nonprofit agencies and local governments so they can assist low-income families with home heating and cooling costs. The program provides grants directly to local county governments and nonprofit agencies who then determine who will receive assistance. Applicants must apply within the county they reside.
BEST helps patrons find out if they can get Social Security benefits. Based on answers to questions, this tool will list benefits for which they might be eligible and provide more information about how to qualify and apply.