Utility Bill Assistance


SLEMCO Lights On utility assistance

One of the primary resources available to struggling customers of Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Corporation is the Lights On assistance program. Money that is donated to it is used for paying a small number of utility bills of certain income qualified customers. It can cover everything from heat to lighting costs, with a focus on keeping the electricity on in a home for a defined period of time.

As with any program, SLEMCO Lights On is not a solution in itself. In fact the assistance provided is minimal at best. But it can be effective when combined with other resources such as payment plans from the company; LIHEAP grants for heating bills; weatherization; and self-sufficiency from the customer. Find more details below on how this service can assist, or learn how to donate to it.

Terms and conditions of Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Corporation Lights On

When applying for help, bring proof of income, residency, and need. This will include income from all sources (cash aid, SSI, food stamps, a job, etc). Also identification such as social security cards should be brought in as well as other information. Copies of past due utility bills should be brought in too. A formal screening process is in place.

Slemco Lights On will focus on addressing certain scenarios. Since it is a neighbor helping neighbor donation program, much of the money stays in the local community. The funds also focus on the most at risk, as that too is a good use of contributions. Therefore the funds will tend to go to senior citizens, the disabled, moms or dads with kids, and the ill. In all cases the utility bill assistance is short term in nature.

Beneficiaries for any energy bill help tend to be the following. But anyone can apply for help.

  • -Senior citizens.
  • -Disabled.
  • -Parents with children, including single moms.
  • -The sick or people with a medical crisis.






For more details on the application process, call the company at the number below. Or anyone interested in learning more can try a social service agency. So there are a few options for receiving assistance.

Donations come from many different sources. Contributions can be from the following. But that is just examples, and anyone can donate. Businesses also contribute.

  • -Churches hold fund raisers.
  • -Employees of SLEMCO will often donate as well as management. They would use a portion of their paycheck.
  • -Funds may come from the United Way and other local groups.
  • -Matching grants may also be provided by the company as well.

All of the contributions are used to help low income customers with their utility bills and the money is not used for any other reason. No salaries, administrative costs, or other operating expenses are paid. This helps ensure there is no waste in Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Corporation Lights On.

The intake/application number is as follows (337-233-7788). Or check with a local social service agency for information on this as well as other heating or utility bill assistance. Some of those agencies include the Salvation Army or a local community action agency. The fact is that there are a few different resources for paying energy bills.