CA Lifeline Qualification

1) Program-Based Qualification Method:

You can qualify for California LifeLine if you or another person in your household is enrolled in any one of these qualifying public assistance programs:

Medicaid/Medi-Cal
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
CalFresh, Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
National School Lunch Program (NSL)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
1. California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
2. Stanislaus County Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (StanWORKs)
3. Welfare-to-Work (WTW)
4. Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN)

Tribal TANF
Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Federal Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit Program
2) Income-Based Qualification Method:

You can qualify for California LifeLine if your household’s total annual gross income is at or less than these annual income limits:

LifeLine Income Guidelines
LifeLine Income Guidelines*

Household Size

Annual Income Limit

1-2

$26,400

3

$30,700

4

$37,300

Each Additional Member

$6,600

* Effective June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018

Documentation is required to show your household’s total annual gross income meets the annual income limits if you are qualifying by Income-Based. A household’s total annual gross income consists of money received BEFORE TAXES by everyone in your household (adults and children), from whatever source derived, whether taxable or non-taxable, including, but not limited to: wages, salaries, interest, dividends, alimony and child support, grants, gifts, allowances, stipends, lottery winnings, inheritances, worker’s compensation, unemployment and public assistance benefits, social security payments, pensions, rental income, income from self-employment, and cash payments from other sources, and all employment-related, non-cash income.