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Kosciusko County assistance programs

Federal government funds are being provided to Kosciusko County from the federal government Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Up to $80,000 will flow to emergency food, shelter, and rent assistance programs in the county.

A local board, which will also have county officials on it, will need determine how the anticipated funds for Kosciusko County could be distributed among the emergency food, rent, and shelter programs that are administered by local service agencies and charities in the area. The local board will be responsible for recommending charities and agencies to receive these government funds.

This is not the first year that Kosciusko County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds. In previous years The Beaman Home, The Salvation Army, Washington Township Food Pantry, North Webster Community Area Services, and Combined Community Services received and distributed the money to local residents to help them pay their bills and costs. Last year these agencies and charities were responsible for providing food for 16,872 meals, they provided 54 families with rental assistance and 52 shelter nights. Also limited funding was provided to help pay energy bills.

Help with heating and electric bills

The local community action agency, REAL Services, Inc. ((574) 233-8205) administers the Energy Assistance Program. It is a state funded assistance program that assists low and so called middle income households with paying for their electric expenses and heating bills during the winter months.

Free legal Services and advice

This is another service offered by A2AA/REAL Services. The agency has contracted with a local agency, the Legal Services, Inc. to provide free legal services and advice to eligible older adults who live in Warsaw and Kosciusko county Indiana. Some of the legal services provided include outreach, representation, foreclosure advice, education and law reform.





Additional support for bills and basic needs

Real Services offers a number of other low income programs in Kosciusko County. This will range from food, medical care from SHIP Counseling, and free food or home delivered meals. While financial aid is available, it is limited and is focused on a few different needs. Receive help for paying heating bills from LIHEAP or emergency rent and deposit assistance from federal government grant programs.

The non-profit also offers extensive referrals and self-sufficiency services. Low income, unemployed, and struggling families can access job training or educational services from Warsaw Indiana based Head Start or job placement centers. Or get help in applying for government benefits such as food stamps. Real Services is a leading non-profit for the region. Click here.

Free food banks and pantries help feed low income as well as the hungry. There are dozens of location in Kosciusko County that provide this service. They include church based soup kitchens, town centers, and social service offices. Everything from groceries to holiday meals or even basic needs, such as clothing, is offered. Read Kosciusko County food pantries.

Kosciusko County Salvation Army - The social service agency can provide emergency financial aid, including grants, as well as basic needs. Based on resources, there may be the following.

  • Grants can help pay rent, mortgages, or security deposits.
  • Free school supplies, including notebooks or clothing, is provided.
  • Children from low income or single parent homes can get free Christmas toys and presents from Angel Tree.
  • Other resources range from food to a thrift store and more. Continue reading.




Shelter for Abuse - The location provides rapid rehousing and homeless prevention for domestic violence victims only. Resources include a shelter, loans or grants for rent, hot meals, and case management. Women and children can also move into transitional housing. Call 269-3044.

Housing Opportunities of Warsaw - Clients, including senior citizens or the disabled, can apply for minor home repairs or energy conservation. There are also referrals to section 8 vouchers and other programs. The address is PO Box 387, Milford, IN 46542, or dial 574-269-7641 for information.


By Jon McNamara














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