Ann Arbor $650 LIHWAP Checks: Who’s Eligible?

Ann Arbor is helping low-income residents pay water and sewer bills. This helps city residents  a new way to get money to pay their bills.

Last week, the City Council voted to become a partner in the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program. 

This federal program offers up to $650 to low-income homes overdue on water and sewer bills or facing shutoffs.

Washtenaw County announced the program earlier this year and said hundreds of millions of federal cash will assist residents pay their water and sewer bills nationwide.

Ann Arbor joins Dexter, Milan, Saline, Superior, Sylvan, Manchester, and Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority which are already taking part.

The initiative has helped 43 people, mostly from Ypsilanti and Superior Township, with around $530 each.

Arieona Klaus, a county human services pogramme aide, said that most of the clients are from Ypsilanti and Superior Township. 

The county is still waiting to hear from Augusta Township about whether or not they want to work together.

The county website says that funding will be given out until September 2023, unless it runs out before then. 

In a memo to the Ann Arbor City Council, Deputy Treasurer Crystal Allen said that people's ability to pay for water is a big and growing problem across the country.

She said that the help program makes sure that people don't have to choose between paying for water and paying for things like housing, food, and medicine.

The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program payment will guarantee water service for at least 90 days after the payment is received.