Hikind’s Office Offers Free Cellphones to Low Income Families


india-cell-phoneAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) has announced that his office has been designated as an authorized Assurance Wireless center, where qualifying constituents can obtain and complete an application for a free Assurance Wireless cell phone with 200 free minutes of local and long-distance calling within the United States. Other features include free voicemail, call waiting, caller ID, and free 911 access.”There’s no question that having a cell phone gives you peace of mind in the event of an emergency,” said Hikind. “I am proud to be partnering with Assurance Wireless in making cell phones accessible to people who might otherwise not be able to afford one.”

To be eligible, an individual must be the head of their household and receive assistance from at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Section 8, HEAP, Public Assistance, Public Housing or the National Free Lunch program. Proof of program participation is not required.

One may also qualify for a free cell phone based on household size and income guidelines. A household of one cannot exceed a yearly income of $14,621, while a family of five can earn up to $34,817 per year. For those applying using income-based eligibility, documentation is required.

Income verification sources include one of the following:

– The prior year’s state or federal income tax return

– Three consecutive months’ worth of your most current pay stubs

– Social Security/Veterans Administration/Pension benefits statement

– Unemployment/Worker’s Compensation benefit statement

– Divorce decree or child support document

Approved applicants will receive their phone within three weeks. If you are interested in applying for a free Assurance Wireless cell phone, please visit the Office of Assemblyman Dov Hikind at 1310 48th Street, 2nd Floor, Borough Park, Brooklyn for assistance. The office is open Monday through Friday. For more information or to determine if you are income eligible, please call the office at 718.853.9616.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. how many people do you know that are are any of these programs or qualify in any way that do not already have cell phones. Evidently if you already get supported by uncle sam you deserve everything out there but if you are someone who actually pays taxes, then they wants to take away what little they let you take home. Can someone possibly explain this?


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