Name of the Program: Low-Income Home Water Assistance Bill (LIHWAP)

Counties Served: Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, and St. Clair

Program Description: Grant funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to assist applicants in paying their water bills. Clients are eligible for one LIHWAP regular water payment and one LIHWAP crisis water payment. Funds are paid directly to the water companies.

Application Process: Interested applicants should schedule an appointment at their county’s office and bring the required documents listed below. At the appointment, clients will complete an application for LIHEAP and also LIHWAP assistance, and an award will be made on their behalf to their utility and water vendors on their behalf.

Award Information: The award amount differs based on household income and number of individuals within the household. A crisis award will cover the lowest amount possible to prevent utility disconnection.

Documentation Needed: Photo ID of applicant, Social Security Cards for all members of the household, Proof of income for the previous month for all adults over the age of 18 (if the applicant had no income source for the previous month, they will need to complete a Declaration of Household Income form), utility bill in the applicant’s name, completed LIHWAP application and LIHWAP vendor form (done at the time of the appointment)

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Approved Water Vendors: Arab Water Works, Bessemer Utilities, Birmingham Water Works Board, Bridgeport Utilities, Cherokee County Water & Sewer Authority, City of Pell City, DeKalb Jackson Water Supply, Fort Payne Water, Northeast Alabama Water, Odenville Utility Board, Oneonta Utilities Board, Scottsboro Water Sewer & Gas, Stevenson Utilities, Town of Pisgah, Utilities Board City of Trussville, Utilities Board of Cedar Bluff, Valley Head Water Works, Water Works Board of Centre, Waterworks Board of Section/Dutton