This is a diverse, multifaceted program that provides grants to help pay utility and heating bills. The program is funded by both the federal government and the state of Indiana, and it offers direct financial assistance to low and middle income families, the elderly, and the disabled who qualify under the program terms. The program was created to help people pay for the heating bills that they experience during the cold winter months. The energy assistance program will even pay for air conditioning and cooling costs during the summer. In addition, the summer assistance program also provides free air conditioners and fans for those individuals who obtain a medical statement from their doctor verifying necessity. Bulk fuel heating tanks are filled during the summer to prepare people for the winter months. There are some conditions, including participants in the EAP programs need to meet both state and federal government guidelines and criteria in order to qualify for assistance and the cash grants. The aid is administered by the Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. (CAGI) and you can find their phone number below. Phone 317.773.2221
The Community Action of Greater Indianapolis organization also has an extensive foreclosure, counseling, and housing assistance program. The non-profit group wants to empower each and every client with tools and tips, additional knowledge in the areas of foreclosure prevention, first- time home buying, pre- purchasing, post- purchasing, credit counseling, and debt management programs. Read below on the services offered, or click here to find other Indiana mortgage assistance programs.
Counselors have assembled a foreclosure prevention group.
They offer phone & face-to-face counseling.
Counselors will contact your bank or lender and try to find a loan modification that satisfies all parties.
They offer education and training to help people control their finances and reduce their debt. Counselors will work with the homeowner to help them develop and adhere to a budget.
This home improvement program is funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars that are provided through the City of Indianapolis. Low-income and other hard pressed homeowners can benefit from this repair program. Cash grants and low interest loans can be provided to qualified families to help them with such upgrades as the replacement or repair of roofs, plumbing, gutters, floors, electrical wiring, foundations, and other structural damage. Program eligibility will be based upon a households total income as well as the number of people who are currently living in the household. Call CAGI at 317.773.2221
A free program, also run by CAGI (phone 317.773.2221) known as Weatherization, is a federal funded program that will improve a home with energy saving upgrades. It is free to qualified homeowners. The Weatherization assistance program will replace heating units and furnaces that are beyond repair. It will provide furnace safety checks and ensure the home is safe to live in. The program will also allow for the repairs or replacement other home appliances that are unsafe for homeowner use. Contractors will visit your home and ensure that the house, attics and hot water heaters are insulated to conserve energy. Indianapolis Power and Light and Citizens Gas have furnished extra funds to supplement the government grants, and the extra money will help with weatherizing more of qualifying individuals and families.
Also note that two new programs have recently been instituted to further assist Weatherization efforts and help people save money. The Owner Occupied Program allows extra dollars to be spent to bring a home up to code as well as make the home more energy efficient. Also, the City of Indianapolis is sponsoring a program for lead abatement.
Good Samaritan Network - This non-profit provides financial assistance and grants to help Hamilton county Indiana residents and families. Limited assistance may be available to help people pay rent, utilities, heating bills, prescription medicine and minor car repairs. Interested persons and people who want to apply for help must be referred by another Hamilton County church, social service agency, or township trustee. Fishers Indiana 317-842-2603.
Salvation Army Hamilton County Service Extension can offer emergency assistance and social services. Funds may be available for paying rent, gas or electric bills, and other basic needs. Some resources are also focused on water bills, prescription medications, or other emergency financial needs. Referrals are needed. Call (317) 236-1255 for details.
Legal Aid is available for various issues from a firm based in the region. Tenants facing eviction in Hamilton County can get free advice, if it is a questionable or illegal eviction. Discrimination is addressed as well as unemployment concerns. There is also support for applying for public aid such as HUD vouchers. Much more is provided by the volunteer attorneys and staff. More Legal Aid Society services.
Saint Vincent DePaul - Assistance may be offered on a case by case basis, as funding allows, to qualified people. The non-profit provides limited financial assistance and grants to help with paying rent, housing expenses and bills to hardship cases in Noble Township of Hamilton County. The non-profit agency will only accept referrals and applications from the Red Cross of Hamilton County as well as the Noble Township Trustee. Noblesville 317-773-7608.
Central Indiana holiday programs - This ranges from Thanksgiving meals to free Christmas toys and food baskets. A number of resources are available in the Hamilton County area for low income families as well as the elderly. Read more.
If those agencies can’t provide assistance, there are other holiday resources to try in the area. Not only can someone try their township Trustees for a holiday gift or meal, but programs such as Angel Tree may help as well. Click more information.
Jackson Township Trustee, Hamilton County – The government organization may be able to assist families and persons in need. Programs focus on those living in the Jackson Township of Hamilton County. Assistance is offered for basic needs and bills, including housing such as rent and mortgages. Food, clothing, and household goods can be provided. Also get help with utilities such as propane, fuel oil, and coal. Even burial expenses and funeral costs can be paid for. 506 West Main Street, Arcadia, Indiana 46030
Local Township Trustee - Each town in Hamilton County will offer assistance to those who qualify. This will be for basic needs. Call the trustee for free food or housing assistance, including rent or mortgage. Other assistance may be for clothing, burial expenses, heating bills or oil, and basic household goods. Some of the numbers to call are below.
Merciful Help Center may be able to help if you have a referral from your town. Assistance may be offered with bills such as natural gas, electric, water, or maybe even rent. Also vehicle repair assistance or a used car may also be available for those who qualify. 1045 West 146th Street, Matthew 25 Center Carmel, IN 46032, dial (317) 663-4039.
Social services from Salvation Army - The non-profit partners with centers both in and outside of Hamilton County and Noblesville to assist the less fortunate and low income. A wide range of basic needs can be met, such as food, clothing, and shelter. Other support can include financial aid for rent, utilities bills, or maybe even vouchers for medications. Continue Hamilton County Salvation Army resources.
Two of the leading health care providers in the region are below. Call for information and details on sliding fee scales and free medical or dental care that may be offered. Or click here for additional clinics to call in the Hamilton County area.
Riverview Hospital ((317) 776-1071) - Many services are offered on a sliding fee scale. The community clinic provides patients with a broad range of health services and medical care that is targeted at Medicaid patients, the uninsured and low income persons. Services are provided by nurse practitioner with physician available if needed.
Trinity Free Clinic - The community clinic offers acute medical and health care to both adults and children. The clinic offers immunizations, physicals and well baby check ups. Any needed prescription medications are provided from the clinic formulary. Will only see the first 15 adult and first 15 pediatric patients that arrive, so services are limited. In addition, dental and eye care programs may also be available to the low income and uninsured in the community. Carmel Indiana. (317) 819-0772. Click here for additional medical bill programs.
Carmel United Methodist Church (phone (317) 844-7275) offers free food and groceries for area residents in need. Service limited to once every 30 days
Shepherd’s Cupboard, which is located in Fishers Indiana, offers a food pantry to Hamilton County residents who need assistance. Proof is required. Call (317) 507-5135
Other churches, aid organizations, and charities to call for free food include People Helping People ((317) 773-0249), Third Phase Inc. ((317) 773-5100), and Green Valley Church of Christ ((317) 773-4308).
Additional distribution centers are in the community. Everything from pantries from soup kitchens can help low income families. Find more food banks in Hamilton Indiana and learn about how they can provide assistance to you and your family.
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