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Today is the last day to apply for pandemic utility assistance

(Source: City of Lancaster)

Today is the last day for Pennsylvanians to apply to the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program.

The program, abbreviated as LIHWAP, provides crisis grants of up to $2,500 to help eligible low- and moderate-income households pay for water and sewer service. Applicants can receive one grant for each category of service, with payments made directly to utilities.

LIHWAP is part of the governmental effort to offset the economic effects of the pandemic shutdowns. The first round of LIHWAP provided about $43 million to nearly 38,000 households.

The state was able to reopen the program this year using federal funds reallocated from other states. The new round was originally set to close last Friday but was extended.

For more information, click here. Households can apply for LIHWAP via the Department of Human Services’ COMPASS portal, by calling (877) 395-8930 or visiting a County Assistance Office.