Porter County assistance programs.

Get help from charities and non-profits located in Valparaiso and Porter County Indiana. Various agencies and non-profits can provide assistance with paying bills, expenses, and information on federal government and state of Indiana assistance programs.

Get help with bills, rent, and other aid

Catholic Charities is one of the local agencies that offers low income, the unemployed, working poor, and other qualified individuals with assistance. Among other programs they offer include financial assistance for bills, including heating and utility, and rent assistance. Funding is limited, and conditions need to be met. The agency can be reached at (219) 762-1177. Click here for more information and details on the services offered to Porter County families.

Another Valparaiso Indiana based non-profit, the Center Township Trustee, is another agency that offers aid to people in need. They run several different low income and working poor programs, including offering Rent, Help for Utilities, Prescription Medication, Free Food, Advice and assistance for doctor visits, Insulin ETC for Qualifying individuals and Families Living in Center Township are. (219) 462-0810.

Social Services from Porter County Salvation Army -  They distribute referrals, free food, and more. As funding allows, the non-profit may have limited financial assistance for critical needs, such as rent or heating bills or other expenses. Funds also may be available for NIPSCO assistance. The center is at 799 Capital Road, Valparaiso, Indiana 46385, (219) 762-9191

Valparaiso Salvation Army provides those in need with access to Emergency Services that are needed to help meet our Community. Low income, elderly, and the working poor may be qualified to get Rent, Housing and Mortgage Assistance, Utility and Heating Bill Assistance, Medications and Prescription Drugs, Free Food and Groceries, Disaster Relief. Tutoring Programs, After School Character, Building Activities for Children, and access such services as Women's Fellowship group. (219) 762-9191.





The local non-profit community action agency that supports Porter County is Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation. They run several programs that help people address emergency situations and short term hardships. You may be eligible for the following

  • Utility and heating bill help - NWICA can provide qualified individuals with assistance with paying for utility and/or heating bills through several different assistance programs including Winter Warmth, LIHEAP, and assistance from local utility and gas companies.
  • Income tax preparation - Get help with paying for income taxes, and get free tax advice.
  • Rental assistance - Receive vouchers from the federal government section 8 program. Read more.
  • Additional support such as applications to grants, Head Start educational services, and referrals to low income apartments may be provided by NWICA.

Call the Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation at (219) 794-1829 to learn more or to apply for assistance. They offer low income families in Porter County other support too. More on assistance from Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation.

Porter County Aging And Community Services – Services, assistance, and advice is offered to low-income households and families in order to help them achieve economic independence, improve family functioning, and achieve self sufficiency. They run the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which can help low-income households by offering cash and one-time grants for paying winter heating and summer cooling bills. Receive a ride from curb to curb transportation that is open to all income qualified residents. Shelter is also offered during the hot summer and cold winter months. 1005 Campbell Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46385, call (219) 464-9736

First Contact Inc. has offices in Portage ((219) 764-7322) and Valparaiso (phone (219) 462-8332). Before seeking financial help or an interest free loan from the agency, applicants need a referral from their town Trustee. Porter County Indiana residents can get help with rent, emergency medicine, security deposits, and utilities. Find assistance from First Contact.

Credit, foreclosure and debt assistance programs

If you are one of the many Porter County and Indiana individuals who are struggling with paying your mortgage, credit card and medical debts, or facing a foreclosure, contact Consumer Credit Counseling Service of NWI at (219) 980-4800. CCCS of NW Indiana is a non-profit debt and credit counseling agency that helps people deal with debts and housing problems. They provide services and resources, and will be a liaison between consumers, banks and creditors. They provide creditors with free debt and foreclosure counseling, advice, education and information. Some of the services offered include:

  • Free budget counseling and financial management
  • Mortgage advice, including information on Indiana programs. Learn more.
  • First Time Home Buyer Programs
  • Foreclosure and HUD counseling
  • Debt management, assistance and credit counseling
  • Reverse Mortgage counseling and advice
  • Credit Report counseling and repair services




Northwestern Indiana holiday programs can offer meals, gifts, winter coats, and free toys for low income families. Porter County households with children, seniors, or a disabled member are some of the key clients to these services. Donations are provided at Christmas to those that qualify. More on holiday help in Northwestern Indiana.

Access free health in Porter County

Hilltop Community Health Center offers low income, the uninsured, and other qualified individuals with health care and Medical Services, including primary and preventative health care. Receive access to programs to deal with Chronic Disease, Women's health, Well child exams, immunizations, prenatal/referrals, Prescription Medication Assistance, Dental Assistance, Dental Services including Exams, Cleaning, Extractions and fillings, Children Welcome. Health insurance is accepted as well, including Hoosier Health wise and Medicare. Bills you need to pay will be based on a Sliding Fee based on income. Call to male an appointment, as one is necessary. Dial (219) 462-7173

North Shore Health Center (phone (219) 763-8112) provide access to quality primary medical and health
care services to all people who come to seek our services regardless of age, race, sex, household income, social or cultural standing, or regardless of their health condition. the bottom line is that NorthShore Health Centers provide all people with comprehensive medical and dental care, maternal children and OB care, prescription medication assistance, mental health services and referrals to individuals to government programs who do not have access to specialized medical or dental care. Learn more on Indiana prescription assistance programs.

Valparaiso HealthLinc – A nonprofit organization that offers primary medical and health care services without regard for a patient's ability to pay their medical bills. Services provided by the site include a range of dental, medical and behavioral health care. They may also have low cost prescriptions in a partnership with Fagen Pharmacy. Diabetics can get with annual blood work for free and also discounted medications. (219) 462-7173

Porter Health System is administered from several campuses. The organization is a non-profit community based primary health care organization. It provides affordable, accessible, comprehensive and quality free health and dental services regardless of ability to pay their medical bills.





  • 650 Dickinson Road, Chesterton, Indiana 46304, call (219) 926-7755
  • 919 South State Road 2, Hebron, IN 46341, phone (219) 996-2441
  • 2000 Roosevelt Road, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383, telephone (219) 263-4900
  • Find more medical bill programs.

Legal support

Call Indiana Legal Services, Inc. at (219) 886-3161. This non-profit law firms provides free legal advice and services to elderly and low-income persons that live in Porter County Indiana. They help with civil legal matter. Cases they can help with include foreclosures, Custody, Visitation, Consumer Debt, Migrant Farm workers Rights, Predatory Lending and Mortgage Matters, and Unemployment benefits.

The Valparaiso University Law Clinic provides free legal service to low-income residents of Porter County, Indiana. The center assists clients with a variety of civil issues including divorce, debt collection, custody, guardianship, and child support. The clinic is located at 651 College Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383 and can be reached at (219) 465-7903.

Food banks

Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry – Distributes canned food items to people who are in need. 810 Broadway, Old Wiseway store, Chesterton, IN 46304, call (219) 926-4278

Christian Food Pantry Of Porter Township – Offers dry goods, food, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies once a week. (219) 988-4700

United Methodist Church Of Hebron – Food pantry. (219) 996-7161

Hilltop Neighborhood House - Village Market Food Pantry - Distributes free Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and other groceries to people in need. Valparaiso based. (219) 531-1991. Read more Christmas assistance.

Housing Opportunities – A low cost or free store/pantry. Each shopper at the center can take up to 15 items, with no more than five food items taken from each the refrigerator and freezer sections. Shoppers can also take fabric softener and one laundry soap at each visit. (219) 548-2800

Portage Township Food Pantry – Call (219) 763-4257

Immanuel Lutheran Church at (219) 462-8207 - Operates a food pantry. They only help residents of Center and Washington Townships. Applicants need to have a current photo ID with the correct address.

Nativity Of Our Savior Parish - Society of St. Vincent De Paul also runs a food bank and pantry for Portage and Valparaiso Indiana. Call (219) 464-4831

Additional food pantries operate in the area. Or low income families, senior citizens, and the disabled can seek help from government programs (such as food stamps) or clothing closets (which offer Christmas toys and more). Find the food pantries in Porter County.


By Jon McNamara

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