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Assistance programs in Lake County and Gary Indiana

Housing (mortgage, rent, and utility bill help), free food, transportation programs and immediate financial help is available in Lake County. Find non-profits, churches, and government organizations to apply at in the Gary Indiana area. Locate financial assistance near you in Lane County Indiana.

Low income families, seniors, single moms and the disabled will get grant money along with free credit repair or debt reduction services, eviction prevention, and other support. There is also free stuff. There may be free gasoline vouchers or back to school supplies for students. Affordable housing, free medical care from clinics, and Christmas toys may also be offered along with hot meals. More details are below.

Emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities and food in Lake County

Greater Hammond Community Services provides help to low-income families in Hammond only. There is free food and hardship funds to help pay rent, electric bills, or other needs. There is a food banks with groceries, produce and other goods. Or a thrift store sells low-cost items to the public. They also help senior citizens and disabled people with some household tasks, such as yard or lawn work. The address is 824 Hoffman Street, Hammond, IN 46327. Call 219-932-4800.

One of the primary places to turn to for financial assistance is the Catholic Family Services. They offer numerous services, including emergency financial assistance. The Lake County IN charity also offers access to free food pantries, emergency shelter, rent payment help, as well as transitional housing at Samaritan House for both women (including single mothers) and their children. Learn more on single mom financial support.

  • The parish and local government supported New Hope Program addresses long term poverty. There is also Catholic Charities nationally recognized Self-sufficiency programs. Some of the other services include case management, housing and budget counseling for individuals, credit repair, and foreclosure prevention for homeowners. The Catholic Charities is at 1865 E Summit St, Crown Point, IN 46307. The bottom line is that if you need help, this agency is the place to go to. Dial (219) 662-7677 or (800) 403-0864 to learn more.




The Gary Indiana Salvation Army also runs several assistance programs. They offer everything from free Christmas or holiday gifts and meals to rent assistance or money for utility and heating bills. The organization also runs an on site food pantry and senior services programs and will pass out free school supplies to children. Find general Indiana Salvation Army information, and find how the charity can help the needy.

  • The greater Lake County Indiana region also has several Salvation Army centers in the region. The organization focuses on helping with basic needs, such as food, free Christmas toys for kids and meals, senior housing, and disaster relief. Or back to school supplies are offered in Lake County. Resources are limited, but the centers can also offer referrals as needed. The address is 4800 Harrison St, Gary, IN 46408. Call (219) 887-6588. Find more information on Salvation Army emergency assistance Lake County programs.
  • There are other location too. Salvation Army - Hammond/Munster Corps provides support and various forms of assistance in case of disasters such as a flood, tornado or fire. Other assistance can help low income qualified residents of their service area with limited rental, food and NIPSCO assistance. A food pantry is also on site. Or kids or seniors will get free winter coats, boots, and clothes. This center is at 8225 Columbia Avenue, Munster, IN 46321, dial (219) 838-0380, or look here for Salvation Army money for gas near you.
  • Salvation Army of East Chicago Service Center covers that area and the town of Whiting in Lake County. The non-profit has resources for people facing a hardship with a focus on senior citizens over the age of 60, the homeless and working poor. The faith based Christian church receives offers mortgage assistance and/or rent help. Or low-income families will get information on NIPSCO energy bill or assistance. There is also Salvation Army free school supplies during August, food assistance as well as general necessities such as clothing so people can gain stability. Or seek free motel or hotel vouchers, including online. Address is 513 West Chicago Avenue, East Chicago, IN 46312, dial (219) 398-2939.

Catholic Charities has locations in Gary and East Chicago. Programs offered include emergency services for low-income families and individuals and for families/individuals in crisis situations. They also help single mothers in Gary and immigrants. Services and resources offered include rental assistance for those facing eviction, foreclosure and mortgage help, and utility and power bill assistance.

  • There are also free vouchers for clothes, furniture, and appliances. A thrift store also sells goods to the public. Call (219) 886-3565, or read more Catholic Charities in Gary.





Lowell and Cedar Lake residents only can try St. Edward Catholic Church, which is based in Lowell Indiana. The charity offers help through partnerships. There may be Financial Assistance for rent and food pantries. They only support Cedar Lake and Lowell - Dial (219) 696-7307.

Southlake County Community Services (dial (219) 663-0627) provides assistance to Lake County families. Receive foreclosure counseling, mortgage assistance, help for utility bills such as water, electric and gas bills, or free home weatherization. There are also winter coats, baby supples, gas cards, and other aid. Find more information on resources from Southlake County Community Services.

Lake County Love, Inc focuses on the Hammond and Griffin general area. The charity and its partner churches have a referral line set up, in which volunteers can direct qualified families to food pantries, household goods from the Furniture Ministry, baby supplies, and other aid.

  • A goal is directing people to resources, including for free stuff. This can be for a house, personal items, or goods such as diapers, Ensure for the elderly, or car seats. Find details on services from Hammond LOVE Inc.

Financial help Lake County IndianaRent relief, funds to move, and programs to stop evictions are available to tenants. If your need is assistance for security deposits, rent, or eviction prevention, a number of organizations specialize in meeting that need. Locate more Lake County Indiana rent assistance programs.

Housing Authorities are located across the region and Lane County. Among other services, they administer Public Housing programs, Section 8 Housing Vouchers, and mortgage help. The non-profits are a HUD approved housing - foreclosure counseling agency. There are applications to section 8 vouchers, affordable apartments, and other solutions and maybe other federal government and state of Indiana assistance programs. Funds or vouchers will help very low-income families pay their rent and housing costs.

  • Gary Housing Authority has vouchers. Dial 219-881-6416 or (219) 881-6400. The address is 578 Broadway, Gary, IN 46402
  • East Chicago Housing Authority, 4920 Larkspur Drive, East Chicago, IN 46312.
  • Hammond Housing Authority can be reached at (219) 989-3265. They also offer subsidized housing to the elderly. The address is 4923 Hohman Ave, Hammond, IN 46320, or look here for senior affordable housing near you.





Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation is a leading non-profit that is dedicated to fighting poverty and helping the unemployed as well as low income in Gary County. They administer several programs including, but not limited, to the following. They are also the Agency on Aging center to helps seniors over the age of 60, with with transportation, government money and more. There is also elder transportation.

  • Home weatherization uses federal government grants to help people save energy and money by improving  the comfort and efficiency of your home.
  • Or Lake County families may benefit from the low income Energy Assistance Program which can provide a one time cash grant payment towards their heating and utility bills. Free government will help pay gas, light, and power bills.
  • Budgeting and debt help is offered too. The Lake County IN Community Action Agency works to help clients get back on track, and saving money, paying off loans or down debts and similar support is part of that. Many of the services are free. More on  free debt reduction services.
  • Subsidized rent help may be available from the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Case workers help people apply, including veterans and the homeless.
  • A number of Tax Preparation and Financial Literacy services are available, including VITA and matched or emergency savings accounts as part of Individual Development Accounts. Other social services available include Family Development, such as personalized coaching and counseling to help people work through barriers of poverty.
  • Lake County seniors or the disabled can get help too. Several In-Home Services, Meals / Nutrition Education, Medicaid Waivers, low-cost loans and Caregiver Support programs are offered. Find more details on loans for disabled people.

For more information on these or other resources, dial Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation at (219) 794-1829. There are a primary poverty fighting organization in Allen County. More information on Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation.

Get help with an eviction notice or rehousing services. Continuum of Care Network in Lake County offers housing and homeless prevention solutions. The clients, and the type of support, may be as follows.

  • SSVF will help veterans with rent, heating bills, and job placement.
  • The network may coordinate legal aid for tenants.
  • Moving costs paid may involve money for paying security deposits or motel vouchers for families with children.
  • Other housing assistance programs are run too. Click more details on homeless prevention in Lake County Indiana.

Gary Neighborhood Services – They are yet another one of the local Community Service Centers. They can provide fuel oil and assistance for winter heating bills. A senior companion service is run, which also involves support for caregivers. Food vouchers are also distributed. Address is 300 West 21st Avenue, Gary, Indiana 46407, phone (219) 883-0431, or continue with financial help from Gary Neighborhood Services.

City Of Lake Station Lake Station Community Center – Several low income financial assistance programs are administered, with an emphasis on grants for paying energy bills. Immediate and long term support is arranged. The location is 275 East 29th Avenue, Lake Station, Indiana 46405, dial (219) 963-0261

Cash welfare, as part of TANF and other Indiana resources, can help families in poverty as well as very low income residents. The amount of money varies. It combines cash aid along with employment tools, counseling, financial guidance and more. Find out how much cash assistance is paid per month.







Lake County Government - Lake County Economic Development – Various rent, mortgage, and housing counseling is offered. Access Comprehensive Housing Counseling including free advice to homeowners, renters, and homebuyers. This is often great for people on a budget. The housing program provides a full range of services as well as assistance to homeowners and renters.

  • The goal is to assist them in improving their housing conditions, stop a foreclosure or eviction, and meet the responsibilities of tenancy or homeownership. They also offer homelessness prevention which provides one time financial assistance in the form of a cash grant to lower income renters or mortgagors who are in default of their monthly payment. Address is 2293 North Main Street, A-311, Crown Point, Indiana 46307, call (219) 755-3225

First Contact Inc. - Families who are impacted by HIV/AIDS may qualify for both long and short term rental assistance. Or get assistance with locating low to moderate income housing, advocacy and case management services, and medical rides to appointments too. Location is 3484 Airport Road, Portage, Indiana 46383, dial (219) 764-7322

DFR of Lake County - This office runs the various government and public benefits. There are a wide range of options for low income families, the disabled, and seniors. Some examples are as follows.

  • Cash assistance from TANF can help with basic needs and paying some types of bills.
  • DFR processes applications for SNAP food stamps and government grants.
  • Low income energy and heating bill assistance from TANF.
  • Many other forms of financial aid are offered. Learn more on Lake County public assistance.

Northwest Indiana Community Action is the local community action agency that helps Gary Indiana and other local families. The agency can provide qualified applicants with up to up $750 in free cash grants that are combined rent assistance for paying first month rent and security deposits. 219.794.1829. They also can refer people to foreclosure assistance programs. Learn more on Indiana foreclosure mediation programs.

The agencies listed below administer The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (EAP).  The program in effect helps low-income households, senior citizens and the disabled with grants for paying winter heating bills or summer cooling expenses. The EAP program will provide Lake County households with one-time cash assistance. Some of the agencies listed below can also direct people to low income housing, rental assistance, and food vouchers. Customers can even receive free air conditioners, get a bill forgiven and other aid during the hot summer months, or read more on electric bill forgiveness.

  • Lake County Township Trustee North/ East Chicago, 2100 Broadway Street, East Chicago, IN 46312, (219) 398-2435
  • Lake County Township Trustee, Northlake County Township Trustee North/ Hammond, 5947 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, Indiana 46320, dial (219) 932-2530
  • Lake County Township Trustee, Ross, 24 West 73rd Avenue, phone (219) 769-2111.

United Neighborhood Organization Martin Luther King Jr. Center – They also offer the EAP program. In addition, a food pantry is run on site, Summer Meal Program, and Health Start. They help kids, single adults and people with no income too. Address is 4802 Melville Avenue, East Chicago, Indiana 46312, call (219) 391-8481




Indiana Legal Services - Lake County and Merrillville provides civil legal services from pro-bono lawyers. There is free legal advice, representation, and other aid to poor people in cases of domestic violence. Or low-income families will get free legal aid with housing disputes, foreclosure prevention, public entitlements and consumer issues. The address is 7863 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410. Click here to learn more on Indiana free legal programs, or dial (219) 886-3161 or (219) 738-6040 for a free consultation.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul District of Lake County helps the poor, elderly, homeless and others. Mostly free items are provided (clothes, furniture vouchers, food, etc.) but some limited financial help is offered as well to people with an eviction or utility shut off notice. The location is 2714 169th Street, Hammond, Indiana 46323. Multiple parishes are part of the conference, and call 219-845-7531

Food pantries and free groceries or meals

Some of the churches, non-profits, and charities that provide food, and maybe other supplies like clothing, diapers, or baby formula include the following. They often uses donations and USDA resources. If the locations below can’t assist, then find other government food assistance programs

Brook Food Pantry - (219) 275-2111 is at  105 Broadway St, Brook, IN 47922. Get groceries, baby formula, government cheese and more.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry. This distribution center is located in Rensselaer. Dial (219) 866-4515. Call for canned good and other support.

Bethel Temple  Food Pantry - Gary Indiana. Call (219) 980-0076. This center may also provide free holiday meals and other basic needs, such as clothing. the location is 110 W 43rd Ave, Gary, IN 46408.

More non-profit pantries and soup kitchens are also in the region. Find information and locations of additional Lake County Indiana free food banks. Thousands of residents receive food, bread, vegetables, and other groceries from the facilities every year.

Places for free stuff in Gary and Lane County

Free basic needs or household items in Lake County Indiana can be met by clothing closets, free furniture banks and thrift stores. Centers help low income families and moderate income residents may receive discounts on the items they buy. What may be available includes coats, Christmas gifts, free clothing items, school items or backpacks, and some sites may even have financial aid. Or get free furniture such as beds, mattresses, desks, computers and other goods. Read more about free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies Lake County.

Find information on non-profit, church, and free charity holiday programs. Lake County residents can get help at Christmas and other times of the year, if they apply and are found to be qualified. Everything from free toys to gift cards as well as hot meals are served. A focus is on children, the elderly, and homeless in the region. Read Lake County free Christmas and holiday programs.

Free car repairs are offered. There are places in Gary, such as dealerships or volunteer mechanics, charities, and grants too. The goal is to repair a truck or car for free so people will keep their job. Learn more on free car fixing places.





Free medical care for low income patients

Receive access to medical and dental care from the Lake County Free Medical Clinic. The goal of this clinic is to provide the residents of Lake County Indiana with free or cheap care. Doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals will help those patients who are uninsured or underinsured, provide them with access to medical and dental services at no or reduced cost. Click here to find additional free health care programs. Or call the clinic at 1-800-559-0058.

Several medical and health care programs are offered by Lifeline, Inc. (call the agency at 440-354-2148). Among the services and programs offered include the following. There are also free items, such as hearing aids for the low-income. More on discount or free hearing aids.

  • Prescription assistance programs - Patients can get up to $200 to help pay for prescription medications.
  • Eye exam and free glasses - Low income and other qualified individuals can receive a free eye exam and glasses.
  • Patient Assistance Programs - The agency partners with pharmaceutical companies to help them receive their medication for free or reduced cost. Continue reading about drug company patient assistance programs.
  • Free exams - Patients can receive free health care for a variety of needs they may have.

Catherine McAuley Clinic is a volunteer-based medical clinic serving uninsured citizens and low income families in the Calumet Area. Offers primary care. Dial (219) 933-2018 or (219) 853-7100

East Chicago Community Health Center provides high quality, affordable primary care services and bills are based on a sliding scale. Call (219) 397-1196 or 219-942-0551. Find a list of state clinic programs for additional free medical care programs.

The low income and uninsured can get medical help from other clinics in the greater Gary Indiana area. Find more details on free community clinics in Lake County.


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