What is a Household?

Only one Lifeline discount is allowed per "independent economic household" (household).

A household is a group of people who live together and share money (even if they are not related to each other).

If you live together and share money, you are one household. If you live together and don’t share money, you are 2+ households.

Examples of Households

Examples of one household:

  • A married couple who live together are one household. They must share one Lifeline discount.
  • A parent/guardian and child who live together are one household. They must share one Lifeline discount.
  • An adult who lives with friends or family who financially support him/her are one household. They must share one Lifeline discount.

Examples of 2+ households:

  • 4 roommates who live together but do not share money are 4 households. They can have one Lifeline discount each, 4 total.
  • 30 seniors who live in an assisted-living home are 30 households. They can have one Lifeline discount each, 30 total.

Note: These are general examples only. If you are unsure about your number of households, ask your company for a household worksheet.

Someone in My Home Already Gets Lifeline

If you live with another adult who gets Lifeline and you want your own, ask your company for a household worksheet.

The worksheet asks about your relationship with the other adult(s) to count the number of households. After you complete the worksheet, your company will re-submit your application.

Your application will be approved if the worksheet shows there is more than one household at your address.