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Are You Receiving Social Security, Pension or Disability Income?

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HELPS is a nonprofit law firm and 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We serve senior citizens and disabled persons struggling with debt.


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Affordable Access To Technology For Seniors

Cheap Internet or Computers for Senior and Disabled Persons in Need

In today’s world, a working computer and internet access are more of a necessity than a luxury.

If you have the internet you can have your own email address and be able to communicate with friends and family whenever you want. The internet can open up an entirely new world of communication with loved ones and friends. HELPS Nonprofit Law Firm wants our clients to have access to the internet if that is their desire. Most seniors have younger children or grandchildren who would be happy to help them get set up with an email account and teach them the basics. Perhaps a “net savvy” friend or someone at your church could also help. If these resources are not available, call HELPS and we will find a volunteer to help you or help you ourselves.

Fortunately, there are some companies offering internet and computers at a reduced price for those who cannot otherwise afford them. Of course, many seniors might not need an actual computer, as their phone might be able to handle most everything they would want to do on the internet. Most cell phone plans now have the potential to access the internet. For those who don’t currently have internet service or who need a computer, here are some affordable options.

Internet Service

  1. AT&T’s cheap internet program called “Access from AT&T” offers high-speed broadband internet service for just $5 a month. To qualify for this program, at least one person in the home must receive food stamps (SNAP), live within AT&T’s 21-state service area, and not have outstanding debt for AT&T’s fixed internet service within the last six months. To enroll in Access from AT&T, call 1-855-220-5211 or go online at http://accessatt.solixcs.com/#/home.
  2. Spectrum’s “Internet Assist” is an unlimited internet plan for $14.99 per month that is available in 38 states. This program is aimed at two important groups: seniors 65 and older on SSI and families with students in the National School Lunch Program. To enroll in Spectrum Internet Assist, call 844-525-1574 or go online at charter.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.
  3. Comcast offers a low-cost internet program called “Internet Essentials” for $9.95 a month. To qualify, the applicant must fulfill these requirements:
    • have at least one child in the household that receives reduced or free lunch under the National School Lunch Program
    • not have been a Comcast internet subscriber in the last 90 days
    • not have a Comcast bill over 12 months past due
    • not have any unreturned equipment.
  4. CenturyLink’s “Internet Basics” is an affordable internet program at $9.95 a month for the first year and $14.95 a month thereafter. Applicants most likely qualify for the Internet Basics program if a) they participate in other governmental assistance programs such as food stamps (SNAP), public housing assistance, Medicaid, Section 8 housing, Supplemental Security Income, various Home Energy Assistance Programs, and National School Lunch; or b) their household income is at or below 135% to 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  5. Computers

    Those who qualify for AT&T’s “Access for AT&T,” Comcast’s “Internet Essentials,” and CenturyLink’s “Internet Basics” can purchase a personal computer for $150. Additionally, CenturyLink’s “Internet Basics” program offers free introductory computer education classes to qualified recipients.

    If the previously mentioned plans are not applicable to your situation, there are still options available to obtain a computer at little to no cost.

    • Community Centers: Senior community centers provide many support services for seniors. It is a good starting place to see if there are any local resources that offer free computers. Find your local senior center through your State Unit on Aging (SUA) or Area Agency on Aging (AAA).
    • Local Government or Nonprofit Sources: Search online or in your phone book for other government or nonprofit agencies and charitable groups in your town that may offer free computers for seniors. Ask at your library, city hall or civic groups (such as Rotary) for help in locating local, county, and state agencies that may be involved in computer recycling and donation programs. For example, Goodwill has partnered will Dell Computers to recycle donated computers. Call your local Goodwill store or visit in person to find out how to access a refurbished computer.
    • Local Computer Repair Shops: Computer repair shops in your neighborhood may have refurbished computers of any brand they are willing to donate to you for free or at minimal cost. Check your phone book or online and call a repair shop near you or go to the business and ask for help.

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