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Public assistance and government benefits Marion County FSSA.

Find public assistance programs in Marion County and the city of Indianapolis from Family and Social Services Administration, or FSSA. Get applications to SNAP food stamps (food assistance), money from TANF, free day care from the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), and other government benefits. Locate public assistance in Marion County IN.

The state, federal government and Marion County administer several government and public aid programs for the less fortunate. A focus is on the unemployed, seniors, elderly and working poor. Assistance is offered for health care needs, food, housing, employment, and much more. Thousands of Indianapolis Indiana low-income families receive government benefits from these social service programs.

FSSA food and cash assistance Marion County

Food assistance from Indianapolis FSSA is provided from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, or food stamps. This provides vouchers, groceries, an EBT card 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 EBT 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 free money from the government, 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 and is often combined with utility bill help from EAP.




FSSA job training is part of TANF. 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.

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides free or income based day care in Marion County Indiana. The department of FSSA processes applications both in person or online. Low-income parents, single moms or dads can get help with child care, provided they are working, in school, or job training. More on child care assistance in Indiana.

Government benefits for health care needs

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 / Medicaid 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. This is the federal benefit known as CHIP. 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. Find how to get CHIP insurance.
  • HIP is for uninsured adult Hoosiers in the Marion County area, and it uses government Medicaid funds. 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.





Other medical and health insurance programs are offered too. There is Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS), Medicare applications for seniors or disabled adults, assistance with medications and more. The benefits from FSSA help low-income families and the uninsured get coverage, and even look here for free meds for people with no insurance.

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. Family and Social Services Administration has many other benefit programs for low-income families in the community. The main intake number is 1-800-403-0864.

  • Marion County North, 2620 Kessler Blvd. E. Dr., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220-2891. 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. Zip codes are 46202, 46204, 46205, 46208, 46222, 46228.
  • Marion County East is located at 1213 N. Arlington Avenue, Indianapolis Indiana 46219-3202. 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. ZIP codes are 46113, 46214, 46217, 46221, 46224, 46225, 46231, 46241, 46234, and 46254.
  • Southern Marion County, 3906 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227-1312.  ZIPs are 46107, 46203, 46227, 46237.


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