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Assistance programs Indianapolis and Marion County

Below you will find where to turn to in Indianapolis for financial help, free stuff and social services. Get help with utility bills, housing expenses including rent, foreclosure and mortgage assistance, and much more in Marion County IN. Churches, charities, and government financial assistance programs help low income or struggling families. Find financial help near you in Indianapolis IN and Marion County.

There are both emergency funds as well as long term services to stabilize the Marion County family. Other options including disability grant or loans, free food or school supplies, short term housing with no waiting list, Christmas toys, and even credit card help. Non-profits in Indianapolis also help with transportation needs, including a free car or gas voucher for work.

Grant money and services from Marion County Community Action

The Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. provides low to moderate income individuals with a variety of services and programs to help pay bills, and also support to help them get established and back on their feet. Phone (317) 396-1800. A sampling of the programs offered include :

  • Housing counseling and financial literacy - Receive free foreclosure counseling, help with credit card and medical debt, and home buyer programs.
  • Debt assistance - Learn about debt management plans and how lawyers can arbitrate your credit card and medical debts. More on lawyers that settle debts.
  • Energy and electric bill assistance - Several programs that provide financial aid for paying heating and utility bills, as well as energy conserving programs are available.
  • Free home repairs - Receive Emergency Home Repair and improvement services to qualifying clients in Marion County Indiana including roof repair and/or replacement, electrical wiring, gutters, plumbing, insulation, floor, and foundation repairs.
  • Support for the elderly and disabled in Marion County, including loans, home repairs, transportation and other financial aid. As an example, read more on disability loans.
  • Food for the low-income - They operate a mobile food pantry community Action has free groceries and meals. The center involves a partnership that was created with Gleaners Food Bank to provide food and groceries each and every month to people in need.
  • Marion County transportation help - Community Action of Indianapolis helps people find, and keep, a job. Free bus passes, gas cards for an interview, or information on car loans or automobile giveaway programs.

Numerous other financial assistance programs, employment and credit repair assistance, and other support is offered. More information on Community Action Agency in Indianapolis.




General financial help for bills, rent, employment services, counseling, and other services

Catholic Charities Indianapolis (phone number 317.236.1512) provides low income and other individuals in need of help with resources and services. Get access to crisis financial assistance, counseling, family services, senior and elder services, caregiver support, job training, educational and social programming for at-risk youth, refugee and immigrant services, pregnancy and adoption services, emergency shelter and transitional housing.

This Marion County Indiana branch of the Catholic Charity organization works with local churches and parishes to help the needy. In addition to those emergency assistance programs mentioned above, they can work with families to help them address the cause of their poverty. More information on Catholic Charities in Indianapolis.

Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc., known as CAFE for short, offer services including economic and workforce development. there are free employment services, youth and senior programs, and access to social services. Call 317.890.3288.

If you need access to child care and services, job training, and more contact Hawthorne Social Service Association, Inc. at 317.637.4312. Some of the services offered to Indianapolis families include all day childcare for ages 4-5, before school and after school childcare services, or free summer day camp and childcare. The non-profit also has senior citizens hot home-cooked lunch and transportation to medical appointments.

In addition, this non-profit agency also helps families and individuals in Indianapolis move toward long term self-sufficiency by providing them with employment assistance, financial literacy education, help reducing debts, and access to public and government benefit programs. As noted, the application and intake phone number is 317.637.4312.





All low income and struggling Marion County families may be able to receive financial aid from the Indianapolis Urban League. The organization administers an array of assistance programs and services in the areas of foreclosure counseling, diversity and race relations, as well as skilled workforce development and employment services. They also help people start a business, or offer referrals to grants that help with rent, heating bill and utility assistance, technology and job training.

They may administer federal grants to pay for rent or a security deposit, and are also involved in housing counseling. Job training is provided in Marion County by resources such as the Employment Readiness Program. Click more Indianapolis Urban League.

The non-profit is also a HUD certified housing agency. So the IUL Urban League will also offer mortgage help. Call them at 317.693.7603, or learn more on Indiana foreclosure assistance programs.

The Indianapolis Marion County Salvation Army, which can be reached at  (800) 589-1037 or 317.937.7000, provides emergency assistance for paying bills. They also have an emergency homeless shelter and housing aid for women with children who seek safety from homelessness and/or domestic violence.

There is also the local Fountain Square Salvation Army Community Center, which can be reached at (317) 632-0156. This location also provides temporary financial assistance and grants for paying bills as well as household expenses. The agency provide help with housing costs, such as rent and mortgage payments, utility and heating bill. The Salvation Army may also have limited financial assistance available for paying for medical or prescription co-pays or transportation expenses (vehicle repairs/bus tickets).

Grants, often in partnership with the United Way or federal government, for partial rent or utility bill assistance is available. One of the key partners to this program is the Salvation Army. Marion County residents can only apply at most once per year, and resources are limited. The funds may also be used to pay for a security deposit or other expenses on a low income apartment

There are also free back to school supplies, senior programs, Christmas toys and many other services. A focus of the Salvation Army is on addressing basic needs such as free food, rent, housing and heating bill assistance, as funding allows. There are are locations as well in the city and county. Read more Indianapolis and Marion County Salvation Army.

Indianapolis based Christ Church Cathedral provides qualified individuals with financial assistance of up to $50 that may be used towards paying rent or utility bills (not both). The church only serve the first 10 people on Tuesday mornings. Call (317) 636-4577.




Thrift stores, free clothing closets and furniture banks provide basic goods and materials across Marion County. The very low income and people looking for a job may get vouchers for free items. Others in Indianapolis, regardless of their income, may buy gently used clothes, furniture, and household supplies at low prices. Items include school supplies, free Christmas gifts, toys, professional work attire and more. More Marion County free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies.

American Legion, Department of Indiana -  Membership eligible, Honorably Discharged veterans with dependent children living in the home can apply for emergency financial assistance for paying bills and expenses. Get assistance in paying for basic needs including clothing, heating bills, shelter, utilities, rent assistance, food, medical and dental care (which requires pre-approval). The main office is at 777 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. Phone (317) 630-1300 for nearest American Legion Post to make application.

Anna's House - Offers limited financial assistance on a case-by-case basis, limited to once per household per year, to help pay rent or utilities. The Marion County Indiana organization offers a variety of services to qualified residents, including limited financial assistance and case management. Apply for or get information on how to get help with rent, mortgage, heating bills or utilities.

Other resources are offered too, ranging from furniture to household stuff or free boxes of groceries All of this aid may be provided to clients in crisis situations when funds are available. The address is 303 North Elder Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222. Call (317) 631-5504

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. The towns run the program in the Indianapolis and Marion County area. They provide funds for paying rent, eviction prevention services, money for security deposits, and other forms of housing in a crisis.

  • Center Township Trustee, Marion County, 863 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, call (317) 633-3610
  • Decatur Township Trustee, Marion County, 5410 South High School Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46221. Phone (317) 856-6600
  • Franklin Township Trustee, Marion County, 6231 South Arlington Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46237. Main number is (317) 780-1700
  • Perry Township Trustee, Marion County, 4925 South Shelby Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227. Dial (317) 788-4810
  • Pike Township Trustee, Marion County, 5665 Lafayette Road, Suite C, Indianapolis, Indiana 46254. Call (317) 291-5801
  • Warren Township Trustee, Marion County, 501 North Post Road, Suite A, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219. Dial (317) 327-8947 for information.
  • Washington Township Trustee, Marion County, 5302 North Keystone Avenue, Suite E, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. Telephone number (317) 327-8800
  • Wayne Township Trustee, Marion County, 700 North High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46241 (317) 241-4191
  • Lawrence Township Trustee, Marion County, 4455 McCoy Street, Lawrence, IN 46226 (317) 890-0011
  • Continue with public assistance in Indiana.




Community / Neighborhood Centers operate in most cities and towns in the county. The centers offer the low income and local residents with a variety of services, including case management and limited financial assistance, to community members living within set boundaries. When funds are available, clients and families in crisis situations may apply for help with paying rent, utilities, heating bills, or transportation.

Specialists at the centers can also help in applying for federal and state of Indiana government assistance programs, including food stamps or disability grants. They even help with denials of public assistance.

  • Concord Neighborhood Center, 1310 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225. Phone number is (317) 637-4376.
  • Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center At Crooked Creek, 2990 West 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Dial (317) 293-2600
  • Hawthorne Community Center, 70 North Mount Street, Center for Working Families, Indianapolis, IN 46222, phone number (317) 637-4312
  • John H. Boner Community Center, 2236 East 10th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46201. Dial (317) 264-1379
  • Flanner House Of Indianapolis, 2424 Martin Luther King Jr. Street. Indianapolis, Indiana 46208. Call (317) 925-4231 ext. 256.
  • Southeast Community Services, 901 South Shelby Street. Fountain Square Center, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203. Telephone number (317) 236-7400.

Martin Luther King Community Center - Forest Manor Multi-Service Center – The not for profit provides individuals with assessment, counseling, as well as referral to local charities and government programs. There is also advocacy, outreach, and follow-up services. All services are for community members who live within set boundaries. While funding is limited, clients in crisis situations may apply for help with paying for their rent, mortgage, or utility bills. The address is 40 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208. For more information, call (317) 923-4581.

Marion County lenders - Dozens of private businesses, check cashing stores, and even some non-profits will issue loans to families in need. The money can pay for whatever is needed; food, utilities, car payments, rent, and more. Some companies, namely payday and title loan providers, will offer loans regardless of the applicants credit scores or past borrowing history. Find a listing of emergency loan programs in Indianapolis that may be able to help.

Winter heating, electric, and gas bills - If you are behind on your utility or heating bills during the winter then there are a few non-profit agencies in Marion County that can help you address this issue and catch up on payments. Emergency financial assistance, cash grants, and other support is paid out to qualified low income families. Click heating bill assistance in Indianapolis.







La Plaza – The Latino/Hispanic community in Central Indiana can call this organization for access to assistance. In addition to helping with energy bills, medications, and housing expenses, the agency also offers general services including case management, outreach, and advocacy on a low income family’s behalf. 8902 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46226. Call (317) 890-3292, or read more La Plaza programs.

Community Outreach Ministry Eastside (COME) is a non-profit that offers assistance with rent and utility payments to applicants that have been denied by their township trustee. The resource is offered only for applicants in Warren Township of Marion County. Qualifications are in place and you can only apply once per year. 116 South Muessing Street, First Baptist Church of Cumberland, Indianapolis, Indiana 46229, call (317) 471-7746.

Marion County Crisis Center - This is a referral line. Callers can get information on financial aid, job placement, housing and more. Examples are as follows.

  • Money may be available for paying rent in an emergency.
  • Food pantries across Indianapolis provide free food and even holiday meals, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  • Medical needs, ranging from prescription drugs to check ups at clinics.
  • Many other services are provided too, including grants, advice, and intake. More information Marion County crisis programs.

Concord Center Association covers the south side of Indianapolis. Social services and financial aid may be offered for mortgage, rent, or heating / utility bills. Other resources may be food, clothing, and basic needs for the very low income. The office is on South Meridian Street. Telephone number is (317) 637-4376

Human and Social Services from JEWEL is a partnership of churches. The organization administers several services for seniors, children, and low income families. There may be very limited cash assistance for expenses. In some cases, a loan is used for utility bills, rent, or medical needs such as prescriptions. They offer Christmas toys, gifts, and meals from Christmas Under-A-Star. Free food is from a snack program and the Indianapolis Gleaner's Food Bank. More JEWEL services.

Central Indiana Community Action Program – Resources are focused on both paying utility bills and conserving energy. The non-profit also offers other referrals such as to job training, case management, and maybe even loans for rent or housing costs. Some basic transportation is offered, including free cars for the low-income in Marion County or a grant to fix an auto. The address is 428 South Washington Street, Marion, IN 46953, dial 765-298-8086 or (765) 664-7798

Society of St. Vincent dePaul is a charity that provides social services and possible emergency assistance to the poor and less fortunate. Programs range from vouchers for food or medications to the possibility of funds for expenses such as rent or heating bills. More on St. Vincent dePaul financial aid in Indianapolis.





Meals and free Christmas toys from seasonal holiday programs can help ensure children and seniors have some type of gift or food items provided to them. Churches as well as other charities in Marion County and central Indiana  offer assistance from programs such as Adopt a Family or they serve meals and gifts to those that are less fortunate. More on Indianapolis free holiday programs.

Dayspring Center Wellspring Cottage offers transitional housing and other services to formerly homeless families. Other aid may include meals, credit counseling, and information on self-sufficiency / job placement. Referrals to low income apartments or security deposit fee assistance programs may be offered when time to move. Location is 3736 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208, dial  (317) 635-6780 or (317) 283-2518

Assistance for stopping evictions is provided across Indianapolis and the county. On occasion, HUD will provide grants to non-profits and charities, which then assist income qualified families.

  • Supportive housing may be coordinated for seniors or the disabled.
  • Emergency money from ESG grants can help with bills. Energy, rent, utility or security deposits, and more may be provided.
  • The homeless and tenants facing eviction also go through an extensive case management process.
  • Many other resources are available. Locate eviction help in Marion County.

Transitional housing - Non-profits, churches, and charity organizations across Marion County can house families that were evicted and support the homeless. Some additional services provided can include funds for paying deposits, first months rent, and help in locating a permanent home. Short term emergency shelters may be available too. Continue with Marion County housing assistance.

Parishes, faith based groups and churches help families too. Dozens operate in the county and city. A wide range of stability as well as financial aid programs are offered. Read more on assistance from Marion County churches.

Roberts Park United Methodist Church – Only a few people can get help each week. Get up to $25 for utility bills, prescription drug vouchers, and bus passes. Assistance is provided at most once per year. 401 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. Telephone - (317) 635-1636

Programs and organizations that focus on providing rent assistance in Indianapolis exist as well. These will be in addition to the resources and services listed above.

Social Services - Residents of Indianapolis and Marion County can get help from the local government and the Family Service Centers. The local government offers programs to ensure family’s have their nutritional needs met, the county will arrange for medical care, housing, and provide other aid. Several job training and career counseling resources are available as well. Click more Marion County public assistance.

Get housing and help for rent from government funds and Community Action

Each year a number of government funds is distributed to dozens of local organization and charities. The money will be used to prevent evictions, help with monthly rent, and also to find housing for anyone who is currently homeless. These twenty local agencies will be providing these grants for both families and individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless or being evicted.

The funds can be used for a variety of services. The financial assistance can be used to help pay for and offer both security and utility deposits, pay for short and medium-term rental assistance, regular and monthly utility bills, offering motel vouchers, and also give moving cost assistance. The program even helps people reduce their debt and improve their credit ratings, from debt management plans and other services.

If someone is currently homeless, the grants can be used to help coordinate, arrange, monitor and deliver housing-related services. This is fairly broad, and can include legal services, outreach and engagement, help with developing individualized housing plans. The grants can also help pay rent in Indianapolis, and tenants will also be given credit repair and counseling, as well as housing search and placement services.

Some of the charities and organizations to contact include Community Alliance of the Far Eastside Inc (call (317) 890-3288)., Southeast Community Services Inc (dial  (317) 236-7400), The Salvation Army Social Service Center, HVAF of Indiana Inc, Christamore House Family and Community Cente (dial (317) 635-7211)r, Children's Bureau Inc., Concord Neighborhood Center (call (317) 637-4376), Fathers and Families Center, and Indiana Legal Services Inc.

In addition to the resources below, other places that may assist with housing include Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Martin Luther King Community Center (call (317) 637-4376), Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc., Oasis Christian CDC, HealthNet Inc. (Homeless Initiative Program), Flanner House of Indianapolis Inc. (call  (317) 925-4231), John H. Boner Community Center, Hawthorne Social Service Association Inc., PACE/OAR Inc. and more.

To learn more, call the Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. at (317) 396-1800.

Free legal help for housing and foreclosure issues, civil cases, debt relief and more

The non-profit law firm of The Indiana Legal Services, Inc. helps seniors as well as low-income individuals Free lawyers are available in Indianapolis.. It provides free advice on civil legal problems such mortgage and foreclosure problems, domestic violence, child abuse, or landlord/tenant evictions. Lawyers also offer free advice to resolve mortgage defaults, or applications to government and public assistance programs such as TANF, Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, SSD, food stamps.







The Lawyers also help low income families in Indianapolis with other needs. Get free legal aid for unemployment, health insurance and medical care, special education, or addressing predatory lending. There is also help for consumer fraud and finding fair debt collection practices. Click here to learn more, or call them at (317) 631-9410 or 1.800.869.0212. Or find free legal help in Indiana.

Another firm that provides many of the same pro bono legal services as indicated above is the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society. They really help with many of the issues indicated immediately above, including free mortgage help and foreclosure counseling.

The firm also has a housing division, that can not only assist with evictions, but also help with applications to government programs such as section 8. Other representation from the society for domestic violence, denials of benefits such as SSI disability, and other free legal support. Call this firm at 317.635.9538, or read Indianapolis Legal Aid Society.

Foreclosure assistance in Indianapolis

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic - The state of Indiana has funds available for a limited time to help homeowners pay their mortgage. In order to see if you qualify contact the Christian clinic immediately.  Their Housing Counseling Agency can assist with Foreclosure, Loss Mitigation, or assist with Predatory Lending issues. The clinic also helps Marion County residents with Fair Housing, Mortgage Delinquency, Financial Literacy and Pre-Purchase Housing Counseling.

Borrowers who are currently in foreclosure or facing an imminent one should dial (317) 429-4131 or 317.429.4160 in order to speak with a Housing Intake Specialist. They are a federal government HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency.

Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling Service is a HUD approved agency that provides information and guidance to people who have questions about their mortgage documents, who need foreclosure or mortgage help, or have foreclosure issues such as how to stop, stall or avoid a foreclosure filing on their home. Most consumer credit agencies can direct people to a wide number of mortgage assistance programs. Call the Indianapolis based agency at 317) 429-4131.

Help with debts and financial support

The county is supported by several non-profit agencies that provide consumers with a wide variety of services. Residents of Marion County can get help in addressing various debts, including credit credit, medical, payday auto loans, among others. Or get advice on filing for bankruptcy or completing your income taxes. Some of their advice is even offered for free. Get more details on credit counseling in Indianapolis.

Free food

Second Helpings (phone 317.632.2664) provides perishable and nonperishable free food and groceries which is then prepared by volunteers. The assistance also includes nutritious meals and distributed by local charities and non-profit agencies. Other places to turn to for free food, a soup kitchen or a pantry include Christ United Methodist ((317) 882-1549), Brightwood Community Center (dial (317) 546-8200), Community Caring and Sharing (phone (317) 243-8023), and St. Timothy Episcopal Church (phone (317) 784-6925).

Locate many more Indianapolis free food banks as well as soup kitchens. There are places in Marion County that offer free groceries, possibly clothing, and other aid such as holiday meals or gifts.




Community clinics that provide free health or dental care

Several community clinics are listed below. Marion County does have a number of other government certified non-profit health care centers and charity medical programs. The locations can help the low income and families that do not have health insurance. Read more Indianapolis free community clinics.

Learning Well, Inc. is a facility that runs a free medical clinic operated by Community Health Network to adults and children without health insurance for immunizations, acute care, examinations, general check ups, first aid and write prescriptions if warranted. Phone (317) 423-8425 or 800-777-7775.

Free medical equipment can be provided in Marion County too by the clinics. There may be wheelchairs, CPAP machines, diabetes equipment (insulin too), and much more. This is for the low income, seniors, and disabled too. As an example, find free CPAP machines.

Receive dental care and assistance from the following two locations. Some programs may be free, some may base your dental bills on a sliding fee scale. HealthNet Community Health Centers (call (317) 782-2127) as well as as well as the Indianapolis-Marion County Health and Hospital Corp. Marion County Health Department (dial (317) 221-2329 or (317) 221-2000)


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