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Monroe County Indiana assistance programs.

Find how to get financial help, extra income, free stuff, or government assistance in the Bloomington Indiana area. There is help for rent from charities, churches that offer free food, clothes or school supplies, and non-profits and government aid for utility or heating bills. The main resources in Monroe County are below.

Here is a list of what may be available. Grants to pay bills or housing; homebuying assistance or loans; free vouchers to pay for a motel room; work from home and freelance jobs; car repairs; free health or dental care; and so much more. More details on emergency financial assistance is below.

Call the non-profit South Central Community Action Program, Inc. at (812) 339-3447. This agency both can provide cash grants and financial assistance, and they can also provide information on other Indiana and federal government assistance programs.

  • Energy Assistance Program - The agency administers the Energy Bill Assistance Program within the county service area to help low to moderate income eligible households with paying for their heat and electric bills.
  • Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Programs - This programs will assist low-income and other qualified homeowners in making improvements and repairs to their homes. The repairs that can be made include plumbing and electrical upgrades, roof repair or replacement, furnace repair or replacement, home structural repairs, and replacement of windows and doors.
  • Weatherization Program - This is a federal government funded energy efficiency program that assists low-income households with reducing their energy consumption, and it will help them lower their utility bills.

Groceries and food assistance

The HOOSIER HILLS FOOD BANK provides food to several local counties, including Monroe. Primarily they provide food to other local distribution points and charities. For example, they collect, stores, and distributes food to over 100 non-profits and charities in the local region. And thousands of people get help. Over 20,000 people receive groceries and food bank resources through emergency pantries and soup kitchens every month from the distribution centers. 812/334-8374




Crisis assistance, help, and counseling

MONROE COUNTY UNITED MINISTRIES offers low income families and individuals with high-quality childcare for preschool children (ages 2-6) all year and school age children (ages 6-10) in summer. They also offer emergency food, gently worn and occasionally new clothing and financial counseling to low-income families in Monroe area.

Bloomington Salvation Army (Phone 812/336-4310) provides many services including the following. They offer assistance and some form of financial for individuals and families with providing free food, clothes, furniture, as well as local transportation. There may also be one time rent assistance, funds for utilities and heating bills, and prescription medicine. In addition, they also operate childcare for infants to five year olds for after school. More on Bloomington Salvation Army assistance programs.

The SHALOM COMMUNITY CENTER may also be able to help by providing a daytime respite and access to a resource center for Bloomington and Monroe County residents who are living in poverty and experiencing hunger, homelessness, evictions, and lack of access to health and medical care and basic life necessities. Dial 334-5728.

A referral line is available to help families learn about resources. Call (317) 926-4357. Monroe County families get limited funds for financial assistance. However, at the least, they offer services that will enhances human dignity and the functioning for the community at-large through education, counseling, social service delivery, information on government programs, and advocacy. Services offered by the non-profit include co-parent negotiations, fatherhood education seminars, and child and family counseling.

First United Church - They offer a program that is known as The Love Fund. This service is a source of emergency financial help for members of the community who run into financial difficulties or have some form of unexpected financial difficulty or crisis. The Love Fund is administered by the Board of Outreach of the First United Church, and they distribute funds as well. Call the Bloomington Indiana agency at (812) 332-4439.





St. Vincent De Paul - This religious based organization will collects, stores, and distributes household goods such as furniture and appliances to low income people and the needy in Monroe County Indiana. the organization provides emergency cash grants and financial assistance for paying rent, rent deposits, and heating and utility bills for people in need who have been unable to obtain assistance from their township trustee, government programs or other social service organizations. (812) 961-1510

Richland Bean Blossom Family Store of Ellettsville Indiana (812) 876-6292 offers the needy financial assistance with paying for their rent and utilities once every 2 years.

Housing, rent help, and eviction prevention services are wide ranging. Not only can a Monroe County family contact their Town Trustee for a grant, but they can also contact charities and non-profits for emergency rental or security deposit help. Programs are for the working poor, seniors, and low income families in the region. Find information on Monroe County rent programs.

Bloomington Indiana based Sherwood Oaks Christian Church can offer limited financial assistance worth up to $100. The money can be used to help with paying a mortgage, rent, utilities, prescriptions, and medical bills or debts. The agency does not help with paying for security or utility deposits, past due bills for reinstatement of new utility service or phone bills (except for emergencies).

Civil legal assistance

INDIANA LEGAL SERVICES (phone number 812/339-7668) provides low income, elderly, and other qualified individuals with urgently needed free civil legal assistance, representation and legal education to low income households and to seniors in the community. Click here for more on Indiana and Bloomington legal programs.

Another Bloomington based organization is MOTHER HUBBARD'S CUPBOARD. Phone number 812/355-6843. They run a food pantry whose primary mission is to provide healthful, wholesome groceries ands foods to people in need, as well as nutrition and gardening education so people can help themselves offer the long term.

No cost health care

Community clinics are a great resource for people of all income levels to turn to. Learn more on services clinics offer, or call the locations below.

Doctors, nurse, and other medical professionals partner together as VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE. The organization provides the following health care services without cost to the medically underserved and those without health insurance who live in Monroe County. They provide easily accessible, high quality primary and preventive healthcare to low income individuals; treatment for both chronic and acute conditions; information and health education that empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own well being and medical care. 812/333-4001.

Monroe County Public Health Clinic - It offers the following including check ups, immunizations and other services for health screenings, and communicable disease education for senior citizens, children and adults. Services offered by the community clinic include Flu Shots, Immunizations, TB tests, Blood Pressure check, Blood Sugar check, Pregnancy testing, Anemia screening, Lead Testing, Head Lice check, Anemia, and Communicable Disease education and medications. Bloomington IN (812) 353-3104







Free food banks and pantries in Monroe County Indiana

These locations can provide free food, groceries, possibly clothing, and other forms of support to the low income in the community.

Backstreet Missions - Offers a food pantry for people in need.

Feed the Needy of Bloomington Indiana - Another local food pantry/bank for people in need. Call (812) 336-5827

Grace Center of Harrodsburg Indiana provides food in an emergency from their pantry. Call the food bank at (812) 824-7171.

Other locations also provide food, clothes, household supplies, and even free holiday meals. The county and city is supported by multiple charities. More on Monroe County Indiana food pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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