You may qualify for a free cell phone. Beyond the value for staying in touch with friends and family, this is essential to access emergency services and follow through on employment and educational opportunities.
You can apply directly using the web site listed below or arrange this through the local Department of Social Services office.
In New York State, eligibility is based on income and/or participation in programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, Family Assistance or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Safety Net Assistance, Home Energy Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, and the National School Lunch Program’s. Proof of participation in some programs, such as enrollment letter, may be needed before the service can be approved.
For those with children at home, low cost computers and internet services are available through the Connect2Compete grant. This website asks for your zipcode and then lists the offers in your area. Generally fees are from $10-$20/month plus the purchase of a Google Chromebook (cost is around $250).
If you have a computer, free wireless services are available at all public libraries.