Our Specialists at the center will first use screening for federal and state assistance programs. This is for low income and local residents with a variety of needed services, including LIMITED financial assistance, to approved community members living within set boundaries of their service area. When the funds are available., clients and families in crisis situations may apply for help with paying rent, utilities, heating bills, or transportation etc.
Many government assistance programs exist to help qualified Indianapolis and Marion County Indiana families pay their monthly rent and other housing expenses. Learn about and how to apply for a wide number of programs. Funds to help pay rent may be issued by a number of programs, including those offered by the state of Indiana, federal government, your town, and local regional non-profits.
If we can not help you directly we will professionally refer you to other options.
Connect2Help 2-1-1 is a free and confidential telephone assistance service to help those in need get information about: Food, Housing, Health Care, Employment, Support Groups, Parental Counseling, Education, Clothing, Shelter, Volunteering, Legal Aid, and much more! Simply Dial 2-1-1
For additional information visit their website here: Connect2Help.
We Can Help and provide information for Enrolling food pantry clients in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Many food pantries offer a variety of social services to their clients. Volunteers at our food pantry help people apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps), talk to families about other nutrition assistance programs such as School Meals, and the Summer Food Service Programs, and help connect eligible families to a variety of federal benefits.
Township Trustee Assistance
Financial assistance from your town in Indianapolis – Marion County. Each town is required to offer residents assistance with basic needs, such as housing needs including rent, mortgages, and energy bills. Other programs can provide food, medical care, clothing, and household goods.
local emergency and financial assistance programs, which can be used to pay rent. This is a requirement of each town and county and is available as part of Indiana state law. These are known as the Indiana Township Trustee Programs. Each housing and rent program that is administered in the Indianapolis area will have its own criteria for applying, and most have limited funding.
Wayne Township Trustee,
5401 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46241
Phone: (317) 241-4191
Decatur Township Trustee
5410 South High School Road,
Indianapolis, Indiana 46221
Division of Family Resources
The Division of Family Resources (DFR) is responsible for establishing eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formally known as food stamps) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF -cash assistance) benefits. The division also manages the timely and accurate delivery of SNAP and TANF benefits. DFR provides low-income Hoosier families with child care resources, including day care quality ratings; and employment and training services to some SNAP and TANF recipients. The division’s main point of focus is to support and preserve families by emphasizing self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.
What is TANF?
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a program that provides cash assistance and supportive services to assist families with children under age 18, helping them achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Marion County West Indianapolis is the local county Division of Family Resources (DFR Office). You can get an application at this office for SNAP Food Stamps, TANF Cash Assistance, Medicaid, HHW, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). You can also apply online at the State of Indiana website provided. You can also check online to see if you qualify with the State of Indiana Screening Tool.
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ZIP codes 46113, 46214, 46217, 46221, 46224, 46225, 46231, 46241, 46234, 46254
Financial Help Provided: SNAP Food Stamps, TANF Cash Assistance, Medicaid, HHW, HIP
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) was established to consolidate and better integrate the delivery of human services by state government. FSSA is dedicated to helping Hoosiers live productive, safe and healthy lives.
- Aging Services
- Disability Services*
- Early Learning/Child Care
- Family Resources
- Medicaid/Health Care*
- Mental Health/Addiction
- Title II (Disability Insurance)
Links – Nutrition Assistance Programs
- USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- How to Get Food Help (SNAP Outreach and Nutrition Education Materials)
Women, Infants and Children
- Women, Infants and Children’s Supplemental Food Program (WIC)
- WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
- Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP)
- Office of Community Services (OCS)
- Head Start
- Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
- Food Distribution Disaster Assistance
- The Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)
other useful links.
- File for Unemployment – in.gov/dwd
Energy Assistance Program, Winter Assistance Fund and Summer Cool down (317) 524-6966
www.cagi-in.org – Click for more information
• Families and Covering Kids Health Insurance (HIP, Hoosier Healthwise, and Wishard Advantage) (317) 241-4191
Hoosier Healthwise Website – Click for more information
Healthy Indiana Plan – Click for more information
Wishard Advantage – Click for more information
• Marion County Prosecutors’ Office, Division of Child Support (317) 327-1800
Marion County Prosecutor Child Support Website – Click for more information