LIHWAP and Community Action

2022

In this webinar, the federal Office of Community Services (OCS), CAPLAW, and the National Community Action Partnership discuss the critical role that the Community Action network can play in facilitating the Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). With over $1.1 billion in new emergency funding, LIHWAP helps low-income households maintain access to drinking water and wastewater services by paying for water utility reconnections and bills. Grant recipients may work with local CAAs to distribute LIHWAP funding to benefit eligible households.

The webinar features CAAs from Michigan, Iowa, and Kentucky sharing their experiences planning for and launching their LIHWAP programs, and how they are leveraging other sources of funding such as Emergency Rental Assistance, LIHEAP, and CSBG, to provide utilities assistance to their communities. CAPLAW also discusses its new resource, LIHWAP: A Primer for the Community Action Network, which is an online guide that helps the Community Action network navigate the program and better understand the role that CAAs may play in facilitating the funding. The resource incorporates current federal guidance and addresses aspects of the program critical to Community Action.

Presented by: OCS, CAPLAW, NCAP, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, IMPACT Community Action Partnership, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
Presented on: January 27, 2022

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The Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program, or LIHWAP, is a new emergency program administered by the Office of Community Services (OCS) that helps low-income households pay water and sewer bills to maintain access to drinking water and wastewater services. CAPLAW created this online guide to help the network navigate the program and better understand the role that CAAs may play in facilitating the funding.