GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY BEGINS ENROLLMENT FOR
WATER RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WRAP)
Signature program first sustainable assistance program dedicated to
residential water services in state of Michigan
DETROIT— The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is proud to announce the launch of its Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP), the first sustainable assistance program focused solely on residential water services in the state of Michigan.
“In addition to bill payment assistance, the WRAP provides educational programs and funding to fix leaks and other minor home plumbing repairs,” said Sue McCormick, CEO, GLWA. “It truly is one of the most complete solutions that not only supports consumers in need, but also aims to put them on a pathway towards self-sufficiency. When we strengthen one part of the system, we strengthen the system as a whole. We are proud to be able to offer our customer communities this solution.”
A halfpercent of all GWLA revenue will be dedicated to the WRAP. As revenues increase for the authority, so too will the available amount in the WRAP program.
The initial allocation of WRAP funds will be distributed to the city of Detroit, Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties. The total amount each area will receive is the same proportion of revenue it pays into the WRAP. This is to ensure an equitable distribution among all customer communities.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR RECIPIENTS
To qualify for the WRAP program, participants must meet the following requirements: • Have income at or below the 150% federal poverty threshold • Be residential customers of the GLWA service area, with first priority to customers who have a past due bill and/or are in active shut off • Provide proof of residency or provide renter’s proof of responsibility for water on lease • Customers with water usage 20% or more above average must participate in a home water audit and install water conservation measures • Stay current on monthly bill payment for 12 months
Qualified participants are also eligible to receive: • Payment assistance up to $1,000 per household per year— $25 per month towards a bill credit, and assistance with arrears • Home repairs up to $1,000 per household to fix plumbing issues causing high usage • Water saving kits and consumer training classes • Supportive WRAP-around services, which include referrals to energy, food and clothing assistance programs
The program will be administrated by Wayne Metro Community Action Agency. For more information regarding the program, please visit www.waynemetro.org/WRAP or call (313) 386-WRAP (9727).