Water Assistance Program Helps Pay Water Bills Throughout Panhandle
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) — Many people in the state of Texas go without water, unable to wash dishes or find clean drinking water.
Panhandle Community Services (PCS) has a program to help low-income households with water services called the Low-Income Housing Water Program (LIHWAP).
“This is the first of its kind. We receive about 75 calls a day from people seeking help just for water bills. The difficulties are true and real families are still hurt and still trying to overcome the tough times. are,” said Christina Kristen, director of energy support at PCS.
The program is a temporary federally funded program with $700,000 by March 2023. However PCS wants to expand the program and use the funds raised from the Festival of Trees to do so.
“There are a lot of obstacles to eliminating these funds raised at the Festival of Trees, which are really important to us,” said Christ Hilbert, Communications at Panhandle Community Services.
The event raises flexible spending dollars and can be used where federal funds may not be needed to fill gaps.
“A lot of our money comes with rules and dollars with the Festival of Trees, a lot more flexible dollars to fill in those gaps. For example, if someone can’t pay a portion of their water bill that can be We can’t cover that through the program, so maybe the Tree Donors Festival can fill that,” Kristen said.
The program has expanded and can now help more families across the panhandle.
“This is mainly only for those houses which were already closed or were on the verge of closure. We’re excited to extend this service to families who still have some rough times and are also paying that current utility bill, especially with the holidays. It’s not just about spending money, it’s about the lives that influence us to help them maintain their daily lives,” Kristen said.
Cities included in the panhandle are currently Borger, Bovina, Canyon, Claude, Dumas, Farwell, Frich, Groom, Hart, McLean, Sandford, Shamrock, Skellytown, Stinet, Sunray Tulia, Wheeler, Whitedeer and Silverton.
To apply for the programme, click Here,
For a response to the Festival of Trees, click Here,
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