**DSS Field Offices are now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

**DSS Field Offices and our staffed telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT or 1-855-626-6632) are closed on Wednesdays to allow our staff time to process applications, renewals and related work.

**24/7 access: Customers can access benefit and application information, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or our automated Client Information Line at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632). More about 24/7 access options at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program Coming to CT

Overview

Connecticut Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) 

The Connecticut Department of Social Services, with our community action agency partners, is pleased to announce that the state’s first Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program is now open and taking Applications.  This website section will tell you what you need to know about the new federally funded program, and how to apply.

Households with annual income at or below 60 percent of the state median income can qualify for this one-time water assistance benefit. Covered services include restoration of household water services to eligible disconnected homes; reduction of arrearages (overdue water bills); and prevention of service disconnection.  Help is available for both household water and wastewater bills from participating water suppliers and wastewater service providers.  There is no financial asset limit to qualify; rather, the application considers current household income.

If you get benefits from the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), Social Security Income (SSI), State Supplement, State Administered General Assistance (SAGA), or Refugee Cash Assistance, then you will likely meet income requirements. 

Eligible households can qualify for up to $1,000 in water assistance if they have disconnected service or are behind on bills. Payment includes all fees and charges if at imminent risk of household water or wastewater service disconnect.

Thank you from the Connecticut Department of Social Services.