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Public assistance and government aid Indianapolis Marion County.

The state and county of Marion administer several government and public aid programs for the less fortunate. Assistance is offered for health care needs, food, housing, employment, and much more. Thousands of Indianapolis families receive benefits from these social service programs and the social service offices every year.

Health Plans, including Medicaid, is available in Indianapolis and Marion County. There are several different versions available, including Children's Health Insurance Plans (CHIP), which is for uninsured children and moderate to low income status. The county’s version of public health care and medical bill assistance is offered by Hoosier Healthwise and/or Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP).

To expand on above, Hoosier Healthwise covers children, pregnant women, and families with low income in the greater Indianapolis and Marion County region. Children up to age 19 may be able to receive assistance from the program. Some of the medical bills paid for may include dental care, doctor visits, prescription medicine, hospitalizations, mental health care, surgeries, and family planning services.

HIP is for uninsured adult Hoosiers in the area. It pays for full health care benefits including hospital services, diagnostic exams, mental health care, physician services, and prescription drugs. The state helps pay for it, and minimal cash participation is required from uninsured individuals or families.

Food assistance is provided from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, or food stamps. This provides vouchers, groceries, and general food assistance to low income families as well as those with no income at all. It is a federal government funded and created public aid program, however vouchers and debit cards are provided from your local Family and Social Services center. The office will ensure that all rules and regulations are followed, and that the assistance flows to those who are truly in need.

SNAP / food stamps was designed to raise the nutritional level of working poor, low income households, and those faced with poverty. SNAP enables low-income families in the state and for that matter across the country to buy nutritious food by using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

Cash assistance and supportive services (such as employment counseling) is offered from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This resource provides cash assistance, grants and related supportive services to assist local families with children under age 18. It can help people achieve economic self-sufficiency over the long term.





Family and Social Services centers in Indianapolis and Marion County partner with the Indiana Manpower and Comprehensive Training. The non-profit IMPACT organization provides services and assistance programs to the needy that are designed to help recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and SNAP food stamps gain self-sufficiency. It can direct people on, and coordinate, education, job training and search skills, and help with overall employment placement activities. This is all really offered as part of the state’s Welfare-to-Work program.

Apply for public aid or benefits

The Social Service centers in Marion County are below.  Call them for information on these or other public assistance programs.

Marion County North, 2620 Kessler Blvd. E. Dr., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220-2891, telephone number is 1-800-403-0864. Covers the zip codes of 46216, 46220, 46226, 46235, 46236, 46240, 46250, 46256, 46260, 46268, and 46278.

Central Marion County, 3266 N. Meridian St., Suite 400, Indianapolis, IN 46208-5839, call 1-800-403-0864 for information. Zip codes are 46202, 46204, 46205, 46208, 46222, 46228.

Marion County East is located at 1213 N. Arlington Avenue, Indianapolis Indiana 46219-3202, main number is 1-800-403-0864. Low income in zip codes of 46201, 46218, 46219, 46229, 46239, 46259 should call this office.

Marion County West, 5610 Crawfordsville Rd., Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46224-3715, main number 1-800-403-0864. ZIP codes are 46113, 46214, 46217, 46221, 46224, 46225, 46231, 46241, 46234, and 46254.

Southern Marion County, 3906 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227-1312, dial 1-800-403-0864. ZIPs are 46107, 46203, 46227, 46237.

By Jon McNamara

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