The United Way of Allen County is creating a new assistance fund, called the “Help for Hard Times” fund. It was established recently to meet the increasing needs of local residents for basic services such as shelter, food, and health care aid.
Several local organizations have contributed to it to get it started. A $50,000 grant was provided from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, and also a $100,000 gift came from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation which was provided through Indiana Michigan Power. In addition, an extra allocation of about $120,000 came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s emergency shelter and food program which will also be distributed through United Way.
The money from the “Help for Hard Times” fund will pay for direct services to local Allen County residents who are struggling in today’s challenging economy. Services offered to residents will include rent, food, and also even mortgage assistance. There will be health care services offered as well, such as help with medical and dental bills and other critical health care services. Various organizations and charities will be distributing the services, including Lutheran Social Services (phone (260) 426-3347), Catholic Charities ((260) 422-5625), the Salvation Army, Matthew 25, Neighborhood Health Clinics, and several local food pantries, including those pantries and groups that are supported by the Community Harvest Food Bank and the Associated Churches Food Bank.
Many people can also get free health care and medical checkups. For example, during the first four months of 2009, the Neighborhood Health Clinics (phone (260) 458-2641) provided about 13,000 medical visits to people in need, which is a 10% increase from 2008. They also provide dental assistance, as the clinic provided 4,000 dental visits in the first four months of 2009, which is about a 20% increase. Find other ways to get medical bill help.
Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic is a community clinic that services those patients living in Fort Wayne and Allen County Indiana who are in need of medical or dental care. The programs are for those who are poor or uninsured. Phone (260) 426-3250.
Free health and medical care is offered by Christian Community HealthCare Clinic. This facility offers free medical care for people all ages and backgrounds. The medical services are provided by volunteer licensed doctors and nurses. Treatment is available for short-term, non-emergency medical conditions and general check up type situations. Chronic care management is referred to other agencies and hospitals. Call (260) 627-2242.
For additional clinics in the region, find more Allen County Indiana clinics that help the less fortunate in Fort Wayne and across the county.
People in Fort Wayne and Allen County can get help with heating and utility bills. CANI, which is the Community Action of Northeast Indiana (phone number (800) 589-3506) is now accepting appointments for its Energy Assistance Program (EAP) at all of its offices in Allen, LaGrange, DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties.
The state Energy Assistance Program (EAP) will help pay for a portion of a client’s heating bills during both the summer and winter months. The assistance program also provides assistance in the summer, including fans, air conditions, or utility bill credits during summer months, depending on a family’s financial situation. Thousands of people are helped. For example, last year Community Action of Northeast Indiana helped more than 14,000 families with their utility bills as well as heating bills.
In addition, they administer the Indiana weatherization assistance program. This will help low income, elderly, and other individuals save money on their heating and utility bills.
Contact them 227 E. Washington Blvd Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Salvation Army of Fort Wayne offers low income and other residents several different programs. Some of the services provided include those below. Call them at (260) 744-2311. A summary of their programs are below, or click here for more detailed information.
Associated Churches of FW & Allen Co. is a partnership of local charities and churches. They can also provide families facing a crisis emergency help, including food and very limited financial assistance when funding allows. Call them at (260) 422-3528, or read more.
The CANI community action agency offers several resources. Some of the typical clients include the unemployed, low income, seniors, and disabled in Allen County. While more details can be provided when contacting them, examples of services may include.
Numerous other programs are offered as well, even including job placement and foreclosure counseling. Continue with Community Action of Northeast Indiana assistance programs.
Catholic Charities of Allen County and Fort Wayne Indiana provides services to low income and other people in need. They assistance is intended to provide aid to people who need help meeting basic needs and pay for bills, including providing food, clothing, shelter, medical bill assistance, rent help, and utilities. As part of the Catholic Charities agency’s assistance programs, a brief assessment of the applicant will be completed by the agency. Referrals to the program will be made to other local charities and agencies when appropriate. Services are offered to those in need by appointment only. Call the agency at (260) 422-5625. Or learn more on Catholic Charity assistance in Allen County.
Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI) (phone number (260) 426-3347) provides financial assistance to families and individuals that are confronted with difficult life situations and that are facing a financial hardship, such as eviction, housing or mortgage foreclosure, or utility disconnection.
Fort Wayne area holiday programs - Whether a family lives in the city or another location in the county, there are free Christmas toy resources such as Angel Tree or Toys for Tot among many others. Kids may be given toys and families meals. Other aid is offered at Thanksgiving and other holidays. More on Allen County holiday assistance.
FWUL (Urban League) offers job training and educational services, such as Project Ready. Another goal of the agency is to help homeowners avoid a foreclosure, and they also assist tenants by offering advice and counseling services. More information.
Broadway Christian Church - Provides assistance if applicant meets conditions. You need to be there at 9am. The church requires that applicant have an action letter from a township trustee for financial help request. They may be able to assist with food, clothing and bus tickets once every 14 days. Fort Wayne, Indiana. Phone (260) 422-3498.
Allen County clothing closets can be turned to for basic needs. The centers will have winter coats, boots, and items year round. During the fall the non-profit and charity sites may have school supplies or free Christmas gifts and toys for Allen County children. More on eastern, northern, and central Indiana clothing closets.
Emergency rent help - If you are behind on your rent, homeless, or facing an eviction, then several non-profits and government programs in Allen County and Fort Wayne Indiana may be able to provide assistance. Apply for cash and grants to help with rent, housing expenses, security deposits, and other basic needs. Click here for more details.
The Urban League of Fort Wayne (dial (260) 449-7725)) offers mortgage default, Rental Education, Pre-purchase, Home Ownership Education, and Debt reduction services to both tenants as well as struggling homeowner. The non-profit also coordinates Foreclosure prevention counseling, Loss Mitigation, Rental Delinquency and other free counseling in Allen County. Get more information on Indiana foreclosure assistance programs.
These churches, charities, and non-profits may be able to provide food, clothing, baby supplies, or other resources. Call them for the specifics. If they do not have resources, or for additional locations to try for food or groceries, residents have many other options available to them. Find more food banks in Allen County.
Adventist Community Services - Provides clothing as well as free food to clients at most once a month. Call (260) 745-1594.
Avalon Food Pantry (phone (260) 747-1531) can offer food, and it is given each week to anyone having a crises, emergency or in need at this time.
East Wayne Street Center runs an emergency food pantry. (260) 422-6502
Wellspring Interfaith Social Services - This agency runs a food pantry that provides enough food and groceries for 3 meals a day for 5 days per family. Call (260) 422-6618.
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