On April 20, the Office of Community Services (OCS) from the Department of Health and Human Services released materials addressing the new Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) funded through recent aid packages signed into law. Modeled after the Low-Income Household Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), LIHWAP grants provide assistance to low-income households for water and wastewater utility bills, especially those with accounts in arrears or households facing a disconnection of services. The resources published include application documents, upcoming deadlines, content from a recent feedback session, and more. The first round of LIHWAP funding is expected to be disbursed at the end of May.
The OCS has also opened a survey accessible through April 27 to collect feedback over LIHWAP. The survey and resources can be found here:
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center will continue to monitor this program as information becomes available.