Telephone Assistance – Verizon New Jersey – Communications Lifeline
Verizon New Jersey partners with NJ SHARES for Communications Lifeline outreach and enrollment efforts. NJ SHARES is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)(3)corporation organized to provide assistance to individuals and families living in New Jersey who are in need of temporary help in paying their communications and energy bills. Through NJ SHARES more New Jerseyans in need of this critical telecommunications safety net are aware of and able to benefit from Communications Lifeline.
NEED HELP WITH YOUR PHONE BILLS?
In an emergency, who can afford not to have a telephone? Now, for those in need, Verizon Communications makes residential telephone service more affordable in its service area by offering Communications Lifeline service for qualified, low-income customers.
Through Communications Lifeline, existing
Verizon residential customers may be eligible to receive discounted
local telephone service.
Lifeline offers eligible consumers a service package that includes:
Discounted residential phone service, including Touch-Tone service,
ranging from zero to $1.95 per month
* Opportunities to add optional features, like Caller ID, Three-Way
Calling, and more
choice of three different local service options:
Flat Rate Service
provides an unlimited number of calls within a calling area at no
Service provides up to 75 outgoing local messages of 5 minutes or
less each month without additional charges. For every local message
after the first 75, customers are charged 6.5 cents.
Low Use Message
Rate Service provides up to 20 outgoing local messages of 5 minutes
or less each month without additional charges. For every local message
after the first 20, customers are charged 10 cents.
Am I Eligible for
It’s easy to
figure out if you’re eligible. You are eligible:
1. If no one claims you as a dependent on his or her income taxes
(unless you are at least 60 years old) and you receive benefits from one
of these programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- General Assistance (GA)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
- Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline Assistance
- Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD)
- Section 8 Federal Public Housing Program
- National School Lunch Program
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families/Work First New Jersey (TANF/WFNJ)
2. If you are age 65 or over and are not participating in one of the above programs and your annual income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty income level*, then you qualify for Communications Lifeline. You can call NJ SHARES at 1-888-337-3339 for questions or information on enrollment.
guidelines are issued each year in the Federal Register by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Current poverty guidelines are available at the HHS Website.
Only eligible consumers may enroll in the program. You may qualify for Lifeline service if you can show proof that you participate in certain government assistance programs or your annual income is 150% or below the Federal Poverty Guideline and you are 65 years of age or older. If you qualify based on income, you will be required to provide income verification. In addition, the Lifeline program is limited to one discount per household consisting of either wireline or wireless. Therefore, you are required to certify and agree that no other member of the household is receiving Lifeline service from Verizon or another communications provider. Lifeline service is a non-transferable benefit. Consumers who willfully make false statements in order to obtain the benefit can be punished by fine or imprisonment, or may be barred from the program.
All rates, terms and conditions included in this notice are subject to change and are current at the time of printing.
Don't Want To Apply Online?
Download and Print the Mail-in Application
For Communications Lifeline Eligibility and Enrollment Information
Call NJ SHARES at 1-888-337-3339 Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm.
NJ SHARES, Inc. is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation organized to provide assistance to individuals and families living in New Jersey who are in need of temporary help in paying their communications and energy bills.