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Purcellville City Council is considering the issues at its Dec. 13 city council meeting.

The Purcellville City Council voted Tuesday to opt into the federally funded Low Income Water Assistance Program.

Virginia Social Services has authorized the vendor, Promise, to administer a federal grant program to help low-income households pay their water and sewer bills. The program is scheduled to run for one year, ending in November 2023, but funding will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, so the $22 million is expected to last only the first six months.

Eligible households will receive up to $2,500. Households will be considered eligible if they participate in SNAP, TANF, LIHEAP, SSI, or a means-tested veterans program, or if they make less than 150% of the federal poverty level. Their residential account must also have an overdue balance.

Families whose accounts are disabled or at risk of being disabled will be prioritized, and the city will not be able to disconnect recipients from the program for 90 days.

The city will present the plan to the public.

The vote passed 6-0-1, with Councilwoman Mary Jane Williams absent.



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