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Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is federal funding that comes to IHCDA from two sources; the 2021 Appropriations Bill and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  You can now apply for water/wastewater assistance while applying for EAP assistance.

When you complete the EAP application, check the box that you want to receive water assistance as well. Indiana’s Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a new program that provides funds to assist with your water and wastewater bills.

LIHWAP is a temporary emergency water/wastewater program that will help low-income households and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will be used to fund a one-time benefit for eligible households who have been disconnected or are on disconnect notice from water/wastewater services or arrearages for water/wastewater services. This funding is available to be used through September 2023 and the program will be finished when the funds run out.

Click here to apply for the EAP and Water programs

The water assistance program can only be applied to via the energy assistance program (EAP) application. When completing the EAP application, simply select that you would also like to apply for water assistance

  • How do I apply for water and/or wastewater assistance?

    If you are an Indiana resident who qualifies for energy assistance (EAP), you may be considered for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) funding as well. When completing the EAP application, you can check a box to apply for water assistance.

    The application for the LIHWAP program can be found here.

  • When can I apply for water/wastewater assistance?

    If you are an Indiana resident who qualifies for energy assistance (EAP), you may be considered for Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) assistance as well. When completing the EAP application, you can check a box to apply for water assistance.

    October 1, 2021

    Applications begin to be accepted at Local Service Providers and online.

    May 16, 2022

    Last day to apply for EAP and water assistance for this funding cycle.

  • What is the Water Assistance Program?

    The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a new program funded in part by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. LIHWAP is a temporary emergency program designed to help low-income households and families who have fallen behind on their water and wastewater bills.

    If you are an Indiana resident who qualifies for energy assistance (EAP), you may be considered for LIHWAP funding as well. When completing the EAP application, check a box to apply for water assistance and submit your most recent bill.

  • What are the income and eligibility requirements?

    Indiana households that make 60% of the state median income (60 SMI) or less may qualify for these benefits. See below for a detailed breakdown of income qualifications.

    HH Size1 month3 months12 months
    1$2, 251$6,753$27,012
    2$2,944$8,831$35,324
    3$3,636$10,909$43,635
    4$4,329$12,987$51,947
    5$5,022$15,065$60,259
    6$5,714$17,143$68,570
    7$5,844$17,532$70,128
    8$5,974$17,922$71,686
    9$6,104$18,311$73,245