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KCC encourages struggling parents to apply for benefit programs

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Juggling expenses like phone and internet while also getting your kids the cost of back to school can be overwhelming for some people.

Fortunately, the Kansas Corporation Commission encourages Kansans in need of assistance to apply for Lifeline and the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

Both programs assist low-income families and individuals with connecting to healthcare, classes, jobs, and emergency care.

“Lifeline provides federal and state discounts up to $17.02 per month on phone service and broadband,” according to a news release from the Kansas Corporation Commission.

The news release also states,

“To be eligible for Lifeline, your household income must be at or below 135% of the poverty level or you receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FHPA)
  • Veterans Pension & Survivors Pension Benefit
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Head Start Tribal Programs (only those meeting its income qualifying standard)
  • The Food Distribution Program on Tribal Lands.

To qualify for EBB, your household must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Meet the criteria for the Lifeline program
  • Receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020.
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.”

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