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Hendricks County assistance programs.

Find how to get financial help in Hendricks County. Emergency funds help with paying utility bills, rent, mortgages, and security deposits . There is assistance from multiple places ranging from churches to non-profits, community action agencies, clinics that give medical care or prescriptions, and other places. Also find free food or financial help with rent from a church, apply for job training at a government office or learn about other social services.

Hendricks County Community Action Agency

Being a suburb of a major city, the county is served by the Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Inc., and can be reached at (317) 396-1800. Numerous resources and services are made available to qualified individuals.

HUD approved foreclosure counseling - The agency is approved by the federal government HUD program to provide foreclosure and mortgage counseling to homeowners. Gain access to such services as Foreclosure Prevention Hardship Package, Credit Counseling, as well as Foreclosure Prevention Group, Phone & Face-to-Face Counseling. Also learn about other Indiana mortgage programs. Read more.

Energy bill assistance program - The community action agency runs the Energy Bill Assistance Program. The services offered are part of a multifaceted assistance program that offers low income and needy individuals with financial assistance, and the money is used to pay utility, heating, and cooling bills. The assistance program was designed to help reduce and defray heating bill and costs during the winter and to also help pay cooling bills during the summer. In addition, the summer program also provides air conditioners for those who obtain a medical statement verifying necessity for a cooling device. Bulk heating fuel tanks are filled during the summer to prepare for the cold winter months in Indiana.

Home repair program - The Rehab Program provides for the free repair and improvements of structural damage to the homes and residences of senior citizens in the area, repairs for the disabled and low-income individuals who meet the criteria and are qualified for aid.




Much more is available from the community action organization. For more information on the non-profit, learn more.

Township Trustees

Each town in Hendricks County, including Brown, Washington, Union, and others have a Town Trustee offering. The financial aid provided from each town is the result of a Trustee Program, and the trustees can assist eligible town families and residents with offering them food, medical care, assistance for paying utilities, new or gently used clothing, household goods, rent assistance, school clothing, ,limited transportation, propane, coal and burial expense, and heating and fuel oil. Phone (317) 852-0899.

Financial help for paying rent and bills

Contact the Hendricks County (aka Eagle Creek) Salvation Army. The faith based agency provides assistance programs to the low income, immigrants, less fortunate and others. The goal of the charity is to help meet the needs of people in Hendricks County Indiana.

There may be seasonal help, like free back to school supplies, Christmas toys, or Thanksgiving meals. Or enroll into substance abuse or case management. Or find emergency funds to help pay bills ranging from rent to utilities, car repairs, medical and more from the Salvation Army. Most of the services they offer focus on the poor and low income, but you may be able to access placement, medical assistance and basic-needs programs. Dial (317) 299-4454 or 317-637-5551. Or learn more on the Hendricks County Salvation Army.





A partnership of local churches and charities formed the Christian Support Center. It is headquartered in Plainfield Indiana, and can be reached at (317) 767-0365. The center may provide help with paying utilities and rent. All funds are limited, as rent assistance is available one time, in an emergency only for people facing an eviction. There may also be food, referrals to government grant programs, local transpiration for seniors, and much more. St. Marks Episcopal Church is also part of the center. Learn more.

Hendricks area legal aid - Whether you need help in applying for SSI or landlord/tenant mediation advice, there may be free aid available. Lawyers, staff, and paralegals assist low income families with those and other civil matters, if they qualify. Read Legal Aid Society free services.

Hendricks County Thanksgiving and Christmas programs can assist the working poor and less fortunate. Based on donation levels, there may be food baskets, hot meals, and free toys or gifts for children from low income families at Christmas and other holiday periods. Click Hendrick holiday assistance.

Low cost health and dental care from clinics

Kingsway Community Care Center, which is located in Avon Indiana ((317) 272-0708) offers residents access to a low cost family practice medicine, community clinic and dental care to those without health insurance in the local community. Also learn more on Indiana community clinics.

Hendricks County Health Department is another place to turn to for low priced medical care. Administers immunizations, injections, check ups, blood pressure screenings, TB tests, adult and child wellness clinics and health screening clinics. The clinic also offers health counseling and preventive services. Other services and care offered includes health education, promotion, prescriptions, information and referral, flu shots; lead poisoning testing; and referrals. Danville IN (317) 745-9222.

Food assistance, clothing, and other non-monetary aid

Anyone who needs help in Hendricks County and the surrounding area, regardless of your income or personal situation, can turn to a food pantry or distribution center in the area for free food, groceries, and perishable items. The options include:

  • Faith Lutheran Church - Provides food assistance to anyone who needs help. Call (317) 272-1022
  • Lighthouse Christian Fellowship - Food, clothing, and other aid, including counseling. (317) 852-8054
  • Light and Life Free Methodist Church - Up to once per month people can get food assistance of dry goods, free food and non perishable items. (317) 839-5151
  • Mill Creek Christian Support Center (317) 874-8590) of Clayton Indiana provides free food assistance programs.





  • Several other charities also distribute food to those that are low to moderate income. Some sites also serve Christmas meals and pass out small gifts to children, or they offer other aid. Continue Hendricks County food pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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