The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is accepting applications for the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) to help low income households pay the cost of water and sewer services. The program can assist households who have past due bills (arrears) for water and sewer services and prevent water and sewer services from being shut off.
The program provides up to a maximum of $2,500 per water and sewer provider or $5,000 if water and sewer services are combined. Payment is made directly to the household’s water and/or sewer provider(s).
Eligibility is based on income, household size and the amount of past due bills owed. Households who receive LIHWAP benefits will not have to pay back the benefits.
Interested applicants must provide:
- Proof of identity
- Proof of residence
- Documentation of earned and unearned income
- A water, sewer, or combined water and sewer bill listing their permanent and primary residence
Apply here: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/water-assistance/#apply
To learn more about LIHWAP eligibility, income limits, and benefits, visit https://otda.ny.gov/programs/water-assistance or call 833-690-0208. Translated information and applications are available on the website in multiple languages.
Download the NYS Low Income Household Water Assistance Program Flyer (PDF)
Download the NYS Low Income Household Water Assistance Program Flyer in Spanish (PDF)