MDHHS Provides Information on Low-income Households Water Assistance Program

Posted on January 19, 2022 by Dene Westbrook

The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a temporary emergency program to help low-income households pay overdue water and wastewater bills. Michigan received emergency funding from Congress to administer this program. This program is available to low-income homeowners or renters.

Funding is administered through Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to Community Action Agencies (CAAs) statewide until September 30, 2023, unless depleted prior to that date.

Allowable Services

Direct past due water bill assistance for household accounts in arrears or disconnect status, including reconnection fees when services have been disconnected.


Qualified water bill account holders must:

  • Be a residential account.
  • Be in arrears or disconnect status.
  • Be under 150% Federal Poverty Level and/or actively receiving Family Independence Program/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (FIP/TANF), Food Assistance Program/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (FAP/SNAP), State Emergency Relief (SER), Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI).

For more information on the program please click the following link.

MDHHS – Low-income Households Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) (

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