The application for the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program which aims to help Pennsylvanians maintain access to drinking and wastewater will open on January 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
Assistance is available for families who have passed due to 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
– A recent water bill
“Access to clean drinking water and wastewater services that keep our homes safe are foundational to daily wellbeing. I encourage all Pennsylvanians who are at risk of losing this essential service to have the necessary information on hand to apply when LIHWAP opens on Jan. 4,” DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead said.
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. Income guidelines for the program are as follows:
– Household size of 1: Maximum annual income of $19,320
– Household size of 2: Maximum annual income of $26,130
– Household size of 3: Maximum annual income of $32,940
– Household size of 4: Maximum annual income of $39,750
– Household size of 5: Maximum annual income of $46,560
– Household size of 6: Maximum annual income of $53,370
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.
Applications can be submitted online at compass.state.pa.us. DHS’s County Assistance Offices are available for in-person support if clients cannot access online services or need assistance or information that is not on the COMPASS website or the myCOMPASS PA mobile app. Pennsylvanians can also request a paper application or get help applying for assistance by calling the Customer Service Center at 1-877-395-8930.