HTC helps low-income families stay connected

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) HTC is increasing awareness of South Carolina's Lifeline assistance program to low-income families who can't afford a home phone or wireless service.

"Access to local emergency services and community resources is vital to low-income families and elderly residents," said HTC Director of Marketing, Tom Vitt.

The lifeline assistance program offers landline phone service around $12.75 per month which is $153 in savings per year or wireless service for $9.25 per month, according to Vitt.

"HTC knows that stating connected to social and health resources and emergency services can improve and possibly save live," said Vitt. "Unfortunately, some families struggle to afford basic home phone or wireless service. With Lifeline, we are happy to remind residents there is help."

Families who need help paying for phone service may be eligible to participate in the Lifeline program if their household income is at or below 135 percent of the Federal poverty guideline or if you receive any of the following:

Family Independence (TANF)

Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or section 8

Low income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Medicaid (Healthy Connections)

National School Lunch free lunch program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

For program enrollment, HTC customers must visit an HTC location and present a photo ID and proof of eligibility.

The program is limited to one account per household and available to one service only per household, whether it's a landline phone or wireless.

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