By Lisa Hardy
Physical and Environmental Planner
Since 2000, the Hampton Roads H2O – Help to Others - Program has provided one-time financial assistance to eligible families in danger of losing residential water and wastewater service. This assistance is available to residents of the 16 jurisdictions in Hampton Roads. To date, the program has helped over 1군 families since 2000! Last month the program officially became a 501(c)(3), and donors can now make tax deductible contributions.
Assistance funding is generated solely by donations. In the past, funds were solicited through donation envelopes in residents’ utility bills, but when the fall 2011 fundraising campaign kicks-off, donors will also be able to contribute online through the H2O website currently under development.
The H2O Program was established in 1999 by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC). The Directors of Utilities Committee, an advisory committee to the Commission with representatives from the 16 Hampton Roads localities and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), serves as the Program’s Board of Directors and is assisted by the HRPDC staff. Watch for more program information this fall!