LIHWAP Assistance on hold! The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) funding designated for Siskiyou County has been depleted and the program is currently on hold. Statewide there is still money left unspent, and GNS has requested further funding for Siskiyou County. At this point, clients who apply for LIHWAP will be put on a waiting list and we’ll issue benefits to them if we receive further funding.
Update as of March 2023: The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) can help income-qualified households with their water/wastewater bills if their water vendor is enrolled in the state’s program. The state has removed the requirement that the account is “Past Due” or in arrearage.
Current Water/Wastewater Systems Enrolled in the LIHWAP Program: the City of Dorris, the City of Dunsmuir, the City of Montague, the City of Mt. Shasta, the City of Tulelake, the City of Weed, the City of Yreka, Fort Jones Water, Happy Camp Community Services District, Hornbrook Community Services District, and Lake Shastina Community Services District.
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LIHWAP helps income-qualified households with water and wastewater (sewer) bills. Income and eligibility guidelines are very similar to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
LIHWAP can help with one payment for either a water or wastewater bill, or for the water and wastewater charges on a bundled account. LIHWAP payments are made directly to the utility provider. (Clients who have their utilities included in their rent can apply if their landlord completes the Landlord/Management Agreement.) For GNS to provide a LIHWAP benefit to your household, your utility provider must be enrolled in the state-wide payment program.
LIHWAP Special Income Eligibility:
- If any household member has been certified for LIHEAP benefits in the last 4 months some of the income documentation may not be required. You can call us to discuss what is necessary.
- If any household member currently receives CalFRESH or CalWORKS they need to provide verification of their benefits but they can self-certify the rest of the household income in the LIHWAP application packet.
The household must provide accurate income information on intake documents but in these special eligibility cases, the total household income can exceed program limits.
Great Northern Services provides LIHWAP assistance in Siskiyou County. If you live in another area of California you can visit taphelp.org to be referred to your local provider.
Please contact us with any questions.
(530) 938 – 4115 ext. 114
LIHWAP Income Guidelines
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|NOTE: Income amounts for family sizes greater than six persons were determined based on the following calculation: Add 1% to 132% for each additional family member, multiply the new percentage by $62,314, and divide by 12. Example: household size of 7: 132% + 3% = 135% × $62,314 = $84,123.90 ÷ 12 = $7,010.33 per month.|