Bill assistance available for low-income seniors and disabled individuals

Updated: Apr. 14, 2021 at 12:56 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Power to Care provides emergency bill assistance to low-income seniors and disabled individuals in crisis who qualify.

Entergy has partnered with seven senior centers in Calcasieu Parish to provide added relief with their electric bill.

If you’re eligible, you can request assistance for up to $1,000.

Executive Director of Lake Charles Senior Center Jacqueline Green feels grateful to have this opportunity to help people in the Lake Area.

“It is very important to us to reach out to our disabled and senior community. We are extremely honored to be able to partner with Entergy to help provide this service.”

Entergy customer Chardelle Fontenot says this program has provided the assistance she needs after last year’s active hurricane season.

“Right now, we’re in hard times. We are trying to get our houses together, after the storms. It is so hard to try to get back on track, and it is very convenient to come into the neighborhood to get your bills paid. And it just takes a lot of pressure off of everything that is going on.”

If you are at least 60 years of age or declared disabled, you are encouraged to apply.

You can contact your local senior center to schedule your appointment, but you must have your bill and monthly house income available for the call.

The bill must be in the name of the applicant, and household income must meet or be below federal poverty guidelines.

Fontenot is extremely thankful for this opportunity to receive this support during this time.

“In the community, I would say everyone needs to take advantage of this, because it’s not all the time that we can get help for everything that’s going on. And if there’s any chance that you can get a little help, to where you can buy food, especially with prescriptions being so high. You need a cut somewhere. Get your electricity bill done, it makes it so much easier and convenient, because electric costs are getting so expensive. And right now, we need to take advantage of everything that we have.”

Customer Service Manager Margaret Harris wants to encourage individuals to apply through their senior center but also wants to encourage people to donate.

“I encourage people to apply through their senior center, and I also want to encourage others to help fund the program. Our customer contributions, employee contributions, and our shareholder contributions are what fund Power to Care.”

To donate to the Power to Care Program, click here.

For more information on how to apply for the program, click here.

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