Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
Congress appropriated $638M in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and an additional $500M in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) of 2021 for a new emergency water and wastewater assistance program.
The legislation provides emergency assistance to low-income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes, that pay a high proportion of household income for drinking water and wastewater services.
Grantees must provide funds to owners or operators of public water systems or treatment works to reduce arrearages of and rates charged to such households for such services.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Community Services (OCS) is moving to establish LIHWAP and to distribute the appropriated funds.
OCS is providing information and updates at the provided website here: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/programs/lihwap
The State of Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services has been selected to administer this federal program.
Sign up to receive email updates and be sure to check the box for “Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program" to follow this program's implementation.
We have kicked off our LIHWAP engagement efforts with a series of stakeholder conversations. Those meeting links are included for Monday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 19.