Catholic Charities helping Lake Charles residents with water bills

Published: Mar. 22, 2021 at 8:13 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Catholic Charites is partnering with the City of Lake Charles for water bill assistance.

Many residents in Southwest Louisiana have faced financial hardship in the last year, but a local charity is trying to supplement some of that burden. The City of Lake Charles partnered with Catholic Charities to help make sure residents’ water would keep on running.

“People started kind of choosing which bills they were going to pay and really kind of getting into some more trouble than they had been in the past in terms of keeping up with those bills,” Sister Miriam Maclean said. “So, trying to seek a solution so that people’s water wouldn’t be shut off.”

To help, Catholic Charities is picking up some water bills between March and November of 2020. The maximum assistance per household is $200 or three months of bills, and assistance can only be received once per household.

“Everybody needs water. You need it to cook. You need it to shower, take a bath, so you can’t go without water. That’s a very important thing to have,” said Lake Charles resident Aaron Young.

Young said he thinks the efforts to assist the community have been helpful during these times.

“It’s really nice to see the community come together, and you really get to see that southern hospitality.”

Those seeking assistance can call Catholic Charities at (337) 439-7436 or to fill out the online application, CLICK HERE.

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