The NEW Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program — Peer Call and Discussion
Join us on Wed. July 7 @ 1 PM ET for a peer call and discussion about implementation of the new “Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program,” or LIHWAP, and discuss and exchange ideas about opportunities for clean water advocates to work at the state and local levels to ensure this funding addresses immediate needs to ensure equitable access to safe, clean, affordable water in your community.
Max Gomberg will join us on the call to share his insights, answer questions, and join the discussion. Max is the former Climate and Conservation Manager at California’s State Water Resources Control Board and is on contract with the Water Foundation before he starts a new assignment with US Department of Health and Human Services working on LIHWAP implementation.
The “Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program” (LIHWAP) was created as an emergency program to provide funds to help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water and wastewater bills, avoid water shut-offs and support water reconnections related to nonpayment. The program was funded through two Congressional spending packages: $638 million as part of the $2.3 trillion spending package passed in December and $500 million from the American Rescue Plan passed in March. In June, $166.6 million — or 15% of funding— was made available to states to begin building out the internal systems necessary to distribute these essential funds. The remaining $1 billion will be allocated later this year. The program is housed within the Department of Health and Human Services and grants will be issued to states, territories and tribes to then allocate to local water utilities to support low-income customers in need.