Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
November 24, 2021
LIHWAP is a new Federally funded
program providing drinking water and wastewater emergency assistance to eligible households. This assistance is targeted at low income households and income guidelines will mirror that of the Home
Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
LIHWAP benefits are based on the
actual amount of drinking water and/or wastewater arrears, up to a maximum of $2,500 per drinking water or wastewater provider, or $5,000 if drinking water and wastewater services are combined, per
household. Benefits are paid directly to the household’s drinking water and/or wastewater vendor(s), including private water companies, municipalities, and public water authorities.
LIHWAP is available to eligible
NYS constituents and the NYS Department of Public Service encourages eligible households to apply. The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will begin accepting LIHWAP
applications on Wednesday, December 1,
2021. For more information on the program, please see the following webpage https://otda.ny.gov/programs/water-assistance/.
In addition, please see attachments below that
include publications related to the LIHWAP.
Winter Preparedness 2021-2022
November 24, 2021
The New York State Department of Public Service (NYS DPS) - As the winter season approaches, many New Yorkers will face
a difficult time managing their energy costs. This situation may be particularly hard on the elderly and those with fixed or low incomes. It is important that consumers are made aware of
steps they can take, and the programs they can participate in, to reduce their energy use and help control energy bills this winter.
DPS’s annual winter outreach and education campaign is intended to help
consumers manage their energy bills while staying warm and safe during the cold weather months. NYS DPS encourages consumers to take simple, low-cost energy savings measures to reduce energy use and to consider bill payment
options and financial assistance programs to help manage their winter heating costs.
The following webpage is dedicated to winter preparedness: www.dps.ny.gov/winter. This page has information for consumers about controlling heating costs, including links to state and utility
financial assistance programs, consumer protections, energy efficiency and winter safety.
In addition, please see attachments below that include publications related to the upcoming winter
Gilbertsville Nonprofit Requests Business Proposals for Historic Storefront
Please see the attached documents for information regarding a request for proposals by the Gilbertsville Village Improvement Society, as it engages
in a search for business owners and investors to submit proposals and business plans for the available space in the historical Gilbert Block building it owns and manages. The 1200 square-foot
space, most recently a grocery store, has been vacant since July 2020. A five-year lease for the space is sought. The Village Improvement Society, a volunteer community organization, intends to
select a proposal that will benefit the community and help anchor the local economy while also preserving the historical character of the space and building as a whole.
NY State Homeownership Tax Credit Application
Please see form below for information on a tax credit opportunity related to repair costs for damages sustained to designated historic homes in the July 2021 storm and flood.
NY State Broadband & Internet Access Survey
Please see form below for information regarding The New York State Department of Public Service and ECC Technologies Broadband & Internet Access survey, where the parties involved are
requesting consumers' help in better understanding their experience with broadband access in New York.
Updated: November 24, 2021