New MaineHousing program will help keep water service on
BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Mainehousing is launching a new program to help Mainers keep their water service on.
The Maine Water Assistance Program will help low and moderate-income homeowners or renters who are facing a disconnection notice or sewer lien, who have had their water turned off or are struggling to pay their water bill.
“We know it will make a difference for thousands of households while also relieving the financial burden of unpaid bills for our many water and wastewater utility providers,” said Erik Jorgensen, Mainehousing’s senior director of communications and government relations.
The program is funded with $4.7 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. Income-eligible households may also qualify for a one-time water benefit of up to $500 that will be credited towards a current or future bill.
“We’re pleased Mainers struggling to pay their household bills are being provided financial assistance through the new Maine Water Assistance Program. The program will help alleviate some of the financial burden homeowners are facing today,” said Portland Water District Board President Louise Douglas.
You can click here to apply for the program through MaineHousing: https://www.mainehousing.org/programs-services/energy/energydetails/mwap
To apply, you must have a current copy of your water or wastewater utility bill and the bill must be in your name.
Your water or wastewater utility provider must also agree to participate in Mainehousing’s Maine Water Assistance Program, which will make payments directly to water and/or wastewater utilities on the behalf of their customers.
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