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Perry, Crawford, and Spencer County assistance programs.

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 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.

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.





Christian Resource Center – May have limited amounts of funds in order to provide temporary financial assistance for expenses and bills such as utilities, rent, and prescription medication. Money for gasoline may be paid out for doctor appointments and job interviews. Disaster victims may receive furniture and household goods.  Many funds are only paid if someone has an eviction or utility disconnection notice. 410 Main Street, Rockport IN, 47635-1420, phone (812) 649-4946

Community Action Center North Spencer – Has a food pantry and thrift store, and individuals 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. 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.

Basic needs, including clothing and holiday assistance, is offered by regional clothing banks and closets. 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. Read more on, and find free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies in southwestern Indiana.   

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

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. 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. Counseling on chronic disease and various health related subjects are available too. Call (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. 720 South East 8th St. Evansville Indiana, 47713-1719, phone (812) 426-6152


By Jon McNamara

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