Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
5966 Heisley Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060

Sewage Funding With Income at Poverty Levels

Ohio EPA Water Pollution Control Loan Fund

Household Sewage Treatment System (HSTS) Financial Assistance Program

Fact Sheet

The Ohio EPA has announced a program for the repair or replacement of failing household sewage treatment systems. The purpose of the program is to provide approximately thirteen million dollars in funding for Ohio for the repair and replacement of failing household sewage treatment systems. The funds will be distributed by the Ohio EPA through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF).

Lake County General Health District has been granted $200,000 from this program, and will solicit potential participants based on income eligibility. The grant will provide 100% of the total system improvement costs for eligible homeowners at or below the federal poverty level and 85% of the cost when the homeowner is between 100% – 200% of the poverty level with 15% homeowner match.   The grant will provide 50% of the improvement cost with 50% homeowner match when the homeowner is between 200% – 300% of the poverty guidelines.

Poverty Guidelines are available at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines

Homeowner Eligibility Requirements:

WPCLF HSTS Income Guidelines for 100% Eligibility

Persons in Household Poverty Guideline
1-4 $24,300
5 $28,440
6 $32,580
7 $36,730
8 $40,890
   

For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,160 for each additional person.

 

WPCLF HSTS Income Guidelines for 85% Eligibility

Persons in Household Poverty Guideline
1-4 $48,600
5 $56,880
6 $65,160
7 $73,460
8 $81,780

 

For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,160 for each additional person.

 

WPCLF HSTS Income Guidelines For 50% Eligibility

Persons in Household Poverty Guideline
1-4 $72,900
5 $85,320
6 $97,740
7 $110,190
8 $122,670

 

 

*All guidelines based on total family income of occupants 18 or older

 Typical expenses that is eligible under the program.

  1. Connecting a home with a failing HSTS to sanitary sewers
  2. Installation of an new HSTS at an existing home with a current failing HSTS
  3. All administrative cost including plan review
  4. Design cost including site and soil survey
  5. All permit fees
  6. Demolition and abandonment of failing HSTS
  7. Correction of indoor plumbing issues if ONLY necessary for the health district to approve installation of HSTS
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What are some of the responsibilities/requirements of the HSTS Owner?

  1. Own and occupy a property with a failing on-site or discharging HSTS. Verified by Lake County General Health District. Documentation of ownership is required.
  2. Submit application with proof of income to Lake County General Health District. Proof of income includes but not limited to, Tax returns, social security, disability, payroll receipts, child support, rental income, pensions/retirement, dividends, welfare, and unemployment.
  3. For homeowners receiving 85% or 50% principal forgiveness, homeowners must provide payment of 15% or 50% at the beginning of the project.

This is an excellent opportunity for eligible homeowners that have been dealing with a failing system and have limited resources to be able to repair or replace their failing sewage systems. Funding will be determined on a first come / first served basis as long as funds are available. Homeowners are encouraged to contact Chris Loxterman at the Lake County General Health District at (440-350-2551) to request an application.