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Assistance programs Perry, Crawford, and Spencer County.

Low income families in Perry, Crawford or Spencer County IN will get financial help for bills, housing, and other expenses. Find charities, churches and government agencies that provide grants or loans to help pay rent or utility bills, or get free food, personal or household stuff and other support. Get financial assistance near you in Perry, Spencer or Crawford County Indiana.

Social services are also provided. This includes debt relief programs, job training, and information on government benefit programs. There are also free seasonal programs in the Spencer, Perry, and Crawford County area, including free school supplies, computers for students as well as Christmas toys among other programs.

Community Action hardship funds for low-income families

The local community action agency is the Lincoln Hills Development Corporation. Various community services, referrals and assistance programs are offered by this non-profit agency, as indicated below.

  • Utility bill assistance, including heating and cooling. Financial assistance may be available to help elderly, low-income, seniors, and disabled households in Perry, Spencer, and Crawford Indiana pay their summer cooling as well as winter heating bills. The primary program offered is known as LIHEAP, but other resources and crisis programs may be administered (or referred too) as well.
  • Rental and housing assistance is offered from Section 8 housing vouchers. This is a federal government program that will pay a portion of the housing expenses for approved homes and apartments, and Lincoln Hills Development Corporation is an application site for it. Read more on Section 8 housing.
  • Weatherization will make homes more energy efficient, help people save money on their bills, and reduce long-term energy usage. All improvements are free for approved Crawford, Perry, and Spencer Indiana residents.
  • Individual Development Accounts are special savings accounts. Money that is saved can be used to pay for expenses such as starting a business, purchasing a home. Savings can be used to pay for other bills including college or other job training. Some savings may be matched as well.




  • Head Start is paid for by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but is offered across most towns and counties. The government funds this comprehensive child development program for children from low-income families. Family Involvement, Education, Health, Social Services, Nutrition, and Handicap services are paid for and available at centers located in Spencer, Crawford, Harrison, and Perry Counties Indiana. Early Head Start is also offered for even younger children who range in age from 0 to 3 years old.
  • Healthy Families Program is offered for young children and pre-natal mothers. This visit promotes positive parent-child interaction, health and nutrition, and healthy childhood growth and development.
  • Foreclosure and Housing Counseling/Homeownership. The community action agency is also a HUD-approved and certified non-profit Housing Counseling Agency. Current homeowners, and people looking to buy a home, can receive access to services in areas such as free foreclosure prevention, first time homeownership, budgeting, rental assistance, eviction and foreclosure prevention issues. In some cases a minimal fee may be required from clients.
  • Summer cooling bill assistance is offered from Lincoln Hills Development Corporation. The non-profit provides grants and funds as part of the federal government created Energy Assistance Program. Low income families, including seniors and families with children, can get help with paying the high costs of electric and air conditioning bills during the hot Indiana summers. Qualified families can receive up to $150 to use towards paying their bills. Find more details on getting electric bill help.
  • Fans and free air conditioners may be provided too during the summer. A limited number of free or low cost fans and window unit air conditioners are available for disabled, senior citizens or families with a child of 5 years of age or under. All applicants need to have a household member that has a serious medical condition. Lo

Lincoln Hills Development Corporation is located at 302 Main Street, Tell City, Indiana 47586. Thousands of families from Perry, Spencer, and Crawford counties receive advice or assistance from the agency every year. Call (812)547-3435, or stop by for help.





Get financial help for housing or rent, food, and free items for low-income families

Christian Resource Center – The charity may have limited amounts of funds in order to provide temporary financial assistance for expenses. There will be money for bills such as utilities, rent, and prescription medication. Money for gasoline may be paid out for doctor appointments, job interviews, and medical reasons. This is part of non-emergency transportation services.

Disaster victims may receive furniture and household goods, ranging from free clothes to furniture. Many funds are only paid if someone has an eviction or utility disconnection notice. Location is 499 Jefferson St, Rockport, IN 47635. Phone (812) 649-4946

Community Action Center North Spencer – Has a free food pantry and thrift store, and individuals or people with no money may receive up to a 2 week supply of food. The non-profit may also funds have funds to pay rent, utilities, or medical bills in an emergency situation. Main number is (812) 937-2796

Salvation Army covers Perry and other counties. The Christian church based group is involved in administering many assistance programs to needy, low income families as well as seniors or single mothers. They offer free toys at Christmas, grants for certain bills, a low cost thrift store, food boxes, and many other resources. Free back to school supplies are offered as well as free groceries from a food pantry. Case managers will perform an intake progress. More on Perry County Salvation Army programs.

Martin's Cloak Food Pantry is located at 27246 Perry St, Siberia Indiana, 47515. Main number is (812) 357-5405. The programs they administer offer a food pantry and clothing bank to people who can’t afford to buy food or clothes.

Free basic needs, including clothing, furniture and holiday assistance, is offered by regional clothing closets as well as free furniture banks. Thrift stores may also sell low cost goods to families. These different organizations combine together to offer free Christmas gifts, toys, basic clothing, personal hygiene items and more to qualified residents. Or get free school supplies, small appliances, beds or furniture and more. Read more on, and find free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies in southwestern Indiana.

  • Beds and free mattresses are also available from local charities in Perry or Spencer County as well as national  organizations. Kids are a focus of these programs, and locate a free bed and mattress near you.

Oak Hill Baptist Church will distribute three to four days of food at most once per month to anyone who needs help. Location is 4615 Oak Hill Rd, Evansville Indiana, 47711, dial (812) 476-3450

Division of Family Resources has offices in Perry, Spencer and throughout the region. They process applications for public assistance and government benefits, ranging from HoosierCare to SNAP food stamps, TANF cash assistance, and more. The main intake number is  (800) 403-0864.







Bread of Life Ministry – Individuals who are struggling can get help from a clothing bank and food pantry. Clothing is offered once every 3 months, and food once per month. Diapers may be distributed too. There is also a free soup kitchen for meals. Location is 13188 Spurgeon Road, Lynnville Indiana, 47619, call (812) 922-5339, or read more about Indiana food pantries.

Department of Health - A service known as The Chronic Disease program offers free blood sugar screenings, blood pressure, and health education as well as follow-up screenings. There are also immunizations, medical exams for the uninsured and other services. Counseling on chronic disease and various health related subjects are available too. Call (812) 338-2302 or (812) 435-5015

Impact Christian is another local clinic in the Perry and Crawford county Indiana area. A sliding fee scale is in place, all clients are served some type of medical care regardless of ability to pay the bills. Address is 265 Bellemeade Ave, Evansville, IN 47713. Phone (812) 426-6152


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