Thursday, January 27, 2022

Water Bill Assistance Available to Poor

 The Mississippi Department of Human Services issued the following statement. 

Thousands of Mississippians won’t have to worry about providing water to their families through a new program from the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) has received $13 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to help income-eligible residents maintain access to drinking water and wastewater services through the end of September 2023. This important resource provides financial assistance to eligible households in managing costs associated with:

  • Water bills
  • Wastewater/sewer bills
  • Stormwater fees
  • Groundwater fees
  • Reconnection fees
  • Late fees
  • Lien removal fees (water-related)

LIHWAP is available for individuals and families who need assistance paying a current bill, have past-due water bills, had their service terminated, or received a notice indicating that their service will be terminated in the next 60 days. Households can receive the LIHWAP grants for both drinking water and wastewater services. The funding is issued directly to the utility providers to support families who meet income requirements.


Mississippi residents who qualify for LIHEAP Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will also be eligible for LIHWAP Low Income Household Water Assistance Program. Applicant's household income must be at or below 60% of the state median income to qualify for these programs.  


The Mississippi Department of Human Services works to serve aging and low-income populations with their utility assistance throughout the year through local Community Action Agencies.

“Access to clean drinking water and wastewater services are critical to a family’s daily needs,” said Robert G. (Bob) Anderson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. “Many of our vulnerable Mississippians, especially the elderly, disabled, and families with small children, have difficulty paying their water bills. Our hope is to provide tangible help with today’s water bill to provide a lasting hope for tomorrow.”

Applicants may access eligibility through their local Community Action Agency or submit a Pre-Application through the Common Web Portal. This program is available nationwide, but services and funds are for residents of Mississippi only. There is no cap on the number of times a recipient may utilize the program. If eligible, families can be served more than once. The Community Services Division and the Community Action Agencies have created a benefits matrix to determine the amount they can receive during the year. Case by case basis. Complete application to determine the amount, frequency, and other eligibility issues.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or an emancipated minor. Individuals without access to a computer may call the Community Action Agency (CAA) or Human Resource Agency (HRA) in their area. To find the agency nearest you, please visit

The dedicated staff of the Mississippi Department of Human Services is here to refer families for this assistance.

For more information and to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, visit


Anonymous said...

Why not pay their I PHONE 10 bill while you are at it. 3 packs of cigs will cover a water bill ! If things are that bad when it comes to water how about try some equal billing yah dopes.

Anonymous said...

Water has been free in Jackson for several years now-

Anonymous said...

Application portal not working

Anonymous said...

One again, those of us that aren't poor and pay our bills on time subsidize individuals that made bad choices in life.

She he their said...

Isn’t this a form of discrimination ?

Anonymous said...

Everyone that will get help with this has a cell phone, a big screen TV, a car, free rent, free electricity etc....There are NO poor people anymore.

Anonymous said...

9:11 : No, lol. It's another way for folks to have fraud party for sure.

Anonymous said...

Where all the usual baiters ? This assistance bill piss you off ? It should.

Anonymous said...

Can they help you in getting a bill from the City of Jackson? Mr. Mayor says just to use the new messaging feature and an employee will get right back with you. Well, I learned they don't call him Lyin Lumumba for nothing.

Anonymous said...

Whover gonna manage, direct, oversee and administer this progum, I would like to get the contract for deep cleaning the office building and weed-eatin'. If this has to go to a minority contractor, I can handle that too. Jess gimme a minute.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure somebody out there, somewhere, is keeping tabs on all these various and subtle forms of reparations. LBJ was one helluva fortune teller.

Anonymous said...

Now I can sleep easy knowing that people in Jackson who haven’t been paying for water and often aren’t asked to pay nor have their water turned off can now get money to continue not paying.

Anonymous said...

I work at a water utility. I can only speak from my personal experience at my specific employer. Most that can’t or don’t pay their bill simply make poor choices. Cars, phones, clothes, houses, etc. When they get cut off for nonpayment and come to the office complaining about being broke, I see their car in the parking lot, see what they wear, and see their address. They aren’t broke. They just need to prioritize better.

Anonymous said...

Water bill is only high at my apartment due to leaking pipes an leaking toilet that the landlord has not fixed

Anonymous said...

Someday due to basic economic forces the Federal handouts will end, the news readers will speak the word 'austerity', it will not be popular. The lines at ATM's to get your allowed money, worth less every day to hit a empty store is never popular.

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