Osceola County residents may be eligible for utility assistance

Mid Michigan Community Action receives water assistance grant

REED CITY — Reed City officials have teamed up with Mid Michigan Community Action Agency to provide assistance to individuals and families who may need help with water and sewer bills through the Low-income Household Water Assistance program.

The Mid Michigan CAA has been granted $1.9 million for the LIHWAP program to assist residents with water and sewer bills, shut-offs, and reconnection fees as part of the American Rescue Plan funding.

“Access to clean, running water and safe wastewater systems are critical for the health and wellbeing of our communities,” said Eva Rohlman, Mid Michigan CAA outreach director. “We are thrilled to be able to expand this vital service.”

For a customer to be eligible to participate in the program, their account must be in arrears or shutoff status, they must be under 150% of the Federal Poverty Limit and/or receiving other forms of government assistance including Social Security Supplemental Income, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, State Emergency Relief, or others.

Mid Michigan CAA expects to help more than 2,500 households over the next two years. Funding will be available until Sept. 30, 2023.

Residents of Osceola County interested in water and sewer assistance should contact the Mid Michigan CAA Reed City office at 231-791-7078 or email contactus@mmcaa.org.

Assistance is also available for the following areas by contacting the numbers listed, or by email at contactus@mmcaa.org:

•    Bay City at 989-894-9060

•    Big Rapids at 231-660-0271

•    Farwell at 989-386-3805

•    Gladwin at 989-426-2801

•    Hart at 231-923-3066

•    Midland at 989-832-7377

•    Muskegon at 231-557-7622