NOTICE: Ratepayer Assistance is Available
The State Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) can help you pay your arrears for your water and sewer bills. The program may also be able to help address tax liens due to water and sewer arrears. To get more information and apply, go to waterassistance.nj.gov or call NJ211.
Please click here to view LIHWAP flyer.
NOTICE OF RATEPAYER ASSISTANCE
The application period for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Low Income Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is now open. LIHWAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered by New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). LIHWAP provides benefits directly to water and sewer service providers on behalf of residential customers. The assistance can be used, in order of priority, to:
- restore services where services have been terminated and pay reconnection fees and other charges accrued due to a disconnection;
- avoid service disruption for those residential customers who are in danger of disconnection (i.e., received shut off notices or have past due balances) and to help them afford bill payment going forward; and
- support those household customers who are current in their bills but might be in danger of falling behind in the near future.
To be eligible for LIHWAP assistance, applicants must be water/sewer bill holders who are responsible for paying their water and sewer bills directly to the water/sewer provider. Also, applicants’ total gross household income must be at or below 60% of the state median Income ($6,662 a month for a family of four). The LIHWAP frequently asked questions webpage, available at https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/lihwapfaq has additional information about maximum income limits and other items.
Households can visit the DCAid portal at www.nj.gov/dca/dcaid to submit an application for LIHWAP, as well as other assistance programs.
Those who do not have access to computers or the internet can call 1-800-510-3102 to be directed to one of the community action agencies partnering with DCA to assist them with starting, completing, and submitting an application online.
LIHWAP applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and assistance is awarded on a first-come, first serviced basis so applicants should not wait to apply.