The new Federal program, Low-Income Household Water Assistance (LIHWA) Program, is available to help households pay their water and wastewater (sewer) bills.
LIHWA was established by Congress through the appropriation of $638M in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021 and an additional $500M in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. Federal administration is through the Office of Community Services (OCS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has been designated as the State of Oregon grantee.
OHCS has been working diligently through a values-based planning process with water and wastewater utilities, utility associations, the community action agency network, and culturally responsive organizations to construct the LIHWA Program for the state. Oregon has received $13.8 million to provide LIHWA assistance to low-income households who have a high water burden. Payments will go directly to the owners and operators of water and wastewater utilities.
Be under 60% State Median Income, as shown in the chart below.
Have a water bill in an adult household member’s name. **if your water bill is in your landlord or property management company’s name, contact us to discuss, as there are some extra steps in that case.
Have Water services provided by one of the following Oregon cities (select County below to see participating cities)
Boardman Heppner Lexington
Adams Athena Echo Helix Hermiston Milton-Freewater Pendleton Rieth Water District Stanfield Ukiah Umatilla Weston
Click the buttons below and complete the Water/Sewer Assistance Application and Disclaimer. Or, contact us for a paper application and disclaimer, 541-289-7755.
To complete the application process, once you have completed the application and disclaimer, please contact our staff to set up an in-person appointment, 541-289-7755.