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
(317) 856-6600

Township Assistance



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

Online Eligability Screening Tool & More

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.

FSSA Programs

Links – Nutrition Assistance Programs


Women, Infants and Children

Food Distribution

School Meals


other useful links.

Workers Compensation

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)*




Health Advantage*

Healthy Indiana Plan

Hoosier Healthwise Health Care Program

INdiana Unemployment Insurance

Division of Disability







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

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