Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is now enrolling households in the SafeLink free cellular phone program.
SafeLink, a service of TracFone Wireless, Inc., provides phones as well as 1,000 free texts and up to 250 minutes of airtime each month to income-eligible individuals.
“A cell phone is no longer a luxury, but is essential in case of emergencies,” explained BSACAP Executive Director James Michael Howell. “Our Agency has a history of bringing needed services such as job programs, Head Start, and Weatherization to our communities, and we’re glad this partnership with SafeLink continues that tradition.”
To qualify for the SafeLink phone service, households must meet income guidelines or participate in one of the following programs:
• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
• Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
To apply at BSACAP, individuals must bring proof of income. Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at BSACAP’s service offices, listed below:
Floyd County – 60 Court Street, Allen, (606) 874-3595
Johnson County – 230 Court Street, Paintsville, (606) 789-6515
Magoffin County – 131 South Church Street, Salyersville, (606) 349-2217
Martin County – Roy F. Collier Community Center, Inez, (606) 298-3217
Pike County – 478 Town Mountain Road, Pikeville, (606) 432-2775
The SafeLink service is limited to one phone per household. Eligible participants will receive their allotted minutes each month and will not need to re-apply to the program until one year after initial service.