Families facing homelessness in Indiana can receive rent help in a crisis from the Emergency Solutions Grant, or ESG program. There may also be funds to pay for a security deposit, moving costs, or even utility bills, if that could be the cause of an eviction. Non-profit organizations across Indiana process applications and administer the program.
This resource was created by the federal government Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) in effort to both stop future homelessness and rehouse those families that need a place to live. Each and every year federal government grants are issued to a wide variety of non-profits in an effort to address the housing crisis in Indiana.
ESG is a fairly unique housing program in that it provides direct financial assistance for a variety of expenses. In addition, the agencies that administer this throughout Indiana also offer case management services and other support in an effort to assist those who are struggling. If an applicant is currently homeless, grants can also be used to an effort to quickly re-house and stabilize the individual. Other uses of the government funding can include to operate shelters or for the creation of case management services.
While funding is limited, potential financial assistance to qualified low income applicants includes some or all of the following. The non-profits may have short-term rental assistance, housing relocation, and loans or funds to pay a security deposit. However other aid is also administered.
There will also be stabilization services offered by case managers. This can include budgeting classes, credit repair, assistance in job searches and much more. If the applicant is facing eviction due to unpaid electric or water bills, then grants may be issued for utility bill payment assistance.
Various income and other conditions are in place. There may also be priority given to those who are considered most at risk, such as veterans, the disabled, or families with young children in Indiana. Unfortunately only a small fraction of applications can be satisfied by the state.
Homeless Prevention can also include relocation. For example, in some cases, a renter is living in an apartment or home that they can no longer reasonably expect to pay the rent on. Maybe they had a mid to long term reduction in income or a partner who is no longer employed. In either case, if the client has an eviction notice, then there may be funds to help pay the rent on, and to relocate them into a more affordable and sustainable home.
As indicated, Rapid Re-Housing Assistance is also available. This may be provided either from Continuum of Care or the Emergency Solutions Grant program. This assistance is available for persons who are considered to be homeless according to HUD's definition. This can include those that are living in a shelter, sleeping in a car or the streets, or even someone that is moving out of transitional housing. Rehousing is also offered in Indiana for those fleeing from a domestic violence situation.
As part of this component, participants will partner with a case manager on finding a low income apartment or home to move into. Then the non-profit may issue some form of financing (either a loan or maybe cash assistance) to pay for rent, an application fee, and/or deposit. This type of rehousing tends to only be for families that are well on the way to financial stability.
Counties - Adams, Blackford, Huntington, Jay, Randolph, and Wells Community Services. Call (260) 726-9318
Counties of Cass, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash - Community Services Department (574) 722-4451
Counties of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Johnson, Shelby. (812) 372-8407
Counties - Carroll, Clinton, Tippecanoe, White. Community Action can be reached at (765) 447-7683
Crawford, Perry, and Spencer County. Call (812) 547-3435.
Counties - Daviess, Greene, Knox, or Sullivan. (812) 882-7927
Delaware, Hancock, Henry, or Rush County. Call (765) 529-4403.
Counties - Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, and St. Joseph. Telephone - (574) 233-8205.
Central Indiana region of Grant or Madison. (765) 641-6504
Dubois, Pike, Warrick County. Call (812) 482-2233.
East Central Indiana region of Fayette, Union, Wayne. Dial (765) 966-7733.
Evansville & Vanderburgh region, including Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick. Call (812) 425-4241.
Indianapolis region, including Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, and Marion County. Call (317) 396-1800. Non-profits may offer emergency one time rental assistance as the result of government grants. There may also be free motel vouchers for the homeless, and learn more on homeless prevention in Marion County.
Northeast Indiana region of Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley County. (260) 423-3546
Counties of Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Call (812) 849-4457.
North Central region, including LaPorte, Pulaski, and Starke County. Call (219) 872-0351.
Northwest Indiana counties of Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter. (219) 794-1829. Eviction assistance is available from a network of non-profits and government agencies. Read more.
Ohio Valley region and counties of Jefferson, Jennings, or Scott. (812) 265-5858
South Central region including Brown, Monroe, Morgan, or Owen. Call (812) 339-3447. Case managers can assist families facing homelessness.
Southeastern Indiana counties of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland. Call (812) 926-1585.
Southern Indiana region of Clarke, Floyd, and Harrison. (812) 288-6451.
Western counties including Benton, Fountain, Montgomery, Parke, Vermillion, and Warren. Dial (765) 793-4881.
Western region of Indiana counties of Clay, Putnam, or Vigo. Dial (812) 232-1264.
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