Some Benton Harbor residents receiving overdue water bill forgiveness

LANSING, Mich. -- More than $150,000 in federal assistance has been directed from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to help Benton Harbor residents pay for water bills that are past due.

Through the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program, the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency has officially paid $151,953 to the City of Benton Harbor to bring the accounts of 237 eligible families to a current standing.

“The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program is providing critical support to qualified Benton Harbor residents, so they are not forced to choose between paying for water services and other necessities. Resources are available to help families with their utility bills and I encourage them to seek assistance,” said Elizabeth Hertel, a Director at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information on how to apply for these programs and receive state or federal assistance, residents of Benton Harbor can dial 211.

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