San Diego

Federal program helps low-income families with water bills

The Low Income Household Water Assistance program supplies aid of as much as $2,000 for qualifying households.

SAN DIEGO — Along with rising inflation, Californians are additionally seeing their water bills enhance as properly, partially pushed by the continuing drought. 

As a consequence, many San Diegans are behind on their water bills, some owing greater than three thousand {dollars}.

Help is available, by means of a federal program that’s providing families a approach to pay some or all of their excellent invoice earlier than their water is shut off.

“It’s a basic need but I feel it is a basic human right,” mentioned Valerie Hash, program supervisor on the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty, a non-profit headquartered in Chula Vista that serves San Diego County. “You need to have running water in your home.”

With the statewide moratorium on water shut-offs – which was enacted through the peak of the pandemic – now at an finish, an increasing number of families with delinquent water bills are dealing with the opportunity of having their water turned off.

“With the state of the economy, inflation, gas prices, don’t be ashamed to come and reach out,” Hash advised CBS 8. “We are here to help.”

Has mentioned an increasing number of families are being pressured to decide on between paying for his or her meals, housing and transportation.

“Especially now, with inflation, those on a fixed income are really suffering,” she added. 

Emergency funds are actually accessible, although, to assist low-income families behind on their water bills by means of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program, a federal program which MAAC helps to manage right here in San Diego.

It supplies aid of as much as two thousand {dollars}, though Hash mentioned some families’ unpaid bills exceed that.

“We’ve had people with $100, $150, $300, $500… and then we have seen some whammies of three thousand plus,” she identified.

To qualify, sure earnings necessities should be met..

For instance a single particular person’s month-to-month earnings cannot exceed about $2,564,whereas a household of 4 should make beneath $4,932 a month.

The course of to use is straightforward and might be accomplished on-line or, if mandatory, in particular person.

“We are getting people through the entire process within a few days,” Hash added. “We send that off to their water company and it takes a couple weeks for it to hit.”

For these San Diegans nonetheless struggling to pay their water invoice however do not meet the earnings threshold as a result of they make an excessive amount of, they’ll nonetheless take motion.

Call your water company,” Hash advised. “See if they’ve a fee plan you may work out, see if there is a manner so that you can proceed to have you ever water on, as a result of it’s extremely essential to all of us.”

For extra data on the Low Income Household Water Assistance program and to use for assist, click here

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