Am I eligible for Tribal Lifeline?

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.

Live on Tribal Lands
Live on Tribal Lands

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.

Participate in Tribal Programs
Participate in Tribal Programs

Tribal programs include Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families , and Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Low-Income
Low-Income

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.

Tribal Programs

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.

BIA
BIA
FDPIR
FDPIR
Tribal TANF
Tribal TANF
Tribal Head Start
Tribal Head Start

Must meet income eligibility

Bureau of Indian Affairs

The Bureau of Indian affairs provides financial assistance and social services to federally recognized American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) tribal members.

Food
Food
Shelter
Shelter
Clothing
Clothing
Utilities
Utilities

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

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).

SNAP Alternative
SNAP Alternative
USDA Foods
USDA Foods

Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

TANF programs for Indian tribes operate at the state level with four goals to help needy families.

Better Child Care
Better Child Care

Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives

Work & Marriage
Work & Marriage

End the dependence of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage

Family Planning
Family Planning

Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies

Stable Homes
Stable Homes

Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families

Tribal Head Start

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.

Early Learning
Early Learning
Health
Health
Family Well-being
Family Well-being
Income Requirement*
Income Requirement*

You must meet the income requirement to qualify for Lifeline.

Income Qualification

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.

Low Income
Low Income
Unemployed
Unemployed

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