Time is running out for low-income residents to apply for a federal program that helps to pay for their water and sewer bills. The deadline is December 31 to apply for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).

Brent Engel with Northeast Community Action Corporation spoke with WGEM-TV in Quincy, saying that it helps eligible households from November through the following September.

“NECAC is here to help; it’s what we do,” he said. “There are other agencies in Northeast Missouri, Southeast Iowa, and West Central Illinois that can help. So, do apply and do contact us to find out what’s available through utility and water assistance.”

There’s also the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides a one-time payment for heating and cooling costs from October through the following May.

Engel said the aid is for past due and current bills, the threat of disconnection, or disconnection and reconnection fees.

“We want to make sure that they know about this program so that they can apply and receive assistance because it’s one of the best ways to save money, especially during the winter,” he said.

LIHWAP provides eligible residents with a one-time payment for water or sewer bills from November through the following September with a maximum amount of $750.

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