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Lifeline Awareness Week September 9th - 15th


September 6, 2013 (2013-11)

Contacts:  Susan Ackerman, Chair, 503 378-6611, Stephen Bloom, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962 
Salem, OR.  The Oregon Public Utility Commission wants Oregon to “stay connected” and is reaching out to those who may qualify for a discount on their phone service. During “Lifeline Awareness Week,” September 9th through the 15th, the Commission will promote Oregon Lifeline. 

“Oregon Lifeline currently serves 90,000 residents, but there are many Oregonians who may be eligible and simply are not aware of the program. We hope they will contact us to apply for our services,” said Jon Cray, Oregon Lifeline Program Manager.
Also known as the Oregon Telephone Assistance Program (OTAP), Oregon Lifeline provides a monthly discount of $12.75 on phone service for low-income customers who participate in one of the following programs or meet certain income guidelines:
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • State Medical Programs at or below 135% of federal poverty guidelines
  • Medicaid
  • National Free School Lunch Program
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Total household income is at or below 135% of federal poverty guidelines
 “This week, State utility commissions around the country are promoting the value and importance of the Lifeline telephone program. In partnership with the Federal Communications Commission and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, NARUC members will hold public events and issue public-service announcements providing details about the program and how qualified citizens can participate. The Lifeline program connects qualified individuals with family, friends, potential employers, and lifesaving emergency services,” said NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington.
Oregon Lifeline is offered by many phone companies and is funded by a $0.12 surcharge on every customer’s phone bill, helping Oregonians to “stay connected”.
Click here to apply for Lifeline, or call 1(800) 848-4442 to request an application.