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Do I Qualify?


You can qualify for California Lifeline on the basis of household income or your participation in public assistance program. Under the income based process, your overall household income must be below the income guidelines requirements. Under the program based process, you or a member of your household must be taking part in one of the following qualifying public assistance program.


  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
    • Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKs)
    • Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
    • Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) 
  • Tribal TANF
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

You can also be eligible for California Lifeline if your household's overall annual income is at or less than below mentioned income limits.


Household Size Annual Income Limit
1-2 Members $25,700
3 Members $29,900
4 Members $36,200
For each additional member Add $6,300

You need to present documents confirming that your entire household income is at or lower than the income maximum for your household size to qualify for California Lifeline on the basis of income. Income proof documents consist of:


  • Prior year’s state, federal, or tribal tax return
  • Income statements or pay-check stubs for three consecutive months within the calendar year
  • Statement of benefits from Social Security, Veterans Administration, retirement/pension, unemployment compensation, and/or workmen’s compensation
  • Divorce decree
  • Child support document
  • Other official documents

A "household" is defined as any individual or group of individuals who are living together at the same address as one economic unit. An "economic unit" consists of all adult individuals contributing to and sharing in the income and expenses of a household.