Dept. Of Human Services Begins Accepting Applications For Federal Low Income Household Drinking & Wastewater Assistance Program Jan. 4
On December 28, the Department of Human Services announced the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) designed to help Pennsylvanians maintain access to drinking and wastewater service will begin accepting applications on January 4.
“Access to clean drinking water and wastewater services that keep our homes safe are foundational to daily wellbeing,” said DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead. “I encourage all Pennsylvanians who are at risk of losing this essential service to have necessary information on hand to apply when LIHWAP opens on January 4.”
Assistance is available for families who have past due water bills, had their service terminated, or received a notice indicating that their service will be terminated in the next 60 days.
Households can receive LIHWAP grants for both drinking water service and wastewater service. Grants are issued directly to water service providers, and families must meet income requirements.
As they prepare to apply in early January, Pennsylvanians should have the following information ready to submit their application:
— Names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth for all people in their household;
— Proof of income for the applicant and all household members; and,
— A recent water bill.
Receiving utility assistance through another program like the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) does not prevent a household from receiving assistance through LIHWAP as long as the applicant meets LIHWAP eligibility criteria.
LIHWAP is a new, temporary assistance program established through the American Rescue Plan Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 as part of the nation’s continued response to the challenges experienced by families due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty.
Pennsylvania received approximately $43.2 million to assist families who have lost or are at risk of losing water service in their homes.
Click Here for more information and promotional materials for the Water Assistance Program/LIHWAP.
DHS encourages Pennsylvanians to help spread the word so those who need help know the program is available.
[Posted: December 28, 2021] PA Environment Digest