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Help with rent and housing in Porter County.

A number of organizations in Porter County provide rental, security deposit, and housing assistance. There may be grants or loans from charities, township trustees, churches, or the state. Free legal defense can also be used to stop evictions, and when combined with emergency rent assistance, many low income families can avoid homelessness.

Not only can funds be used to pay back rent or utility bills (to stop homelessness), but there are also transitional housing programs and homeless shelters in Valparaiso. Another place to get assistance is from the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV) or legal aid for housing court. There are a number of financial resources in Porter County for stopping evictions, as noted below. Whether it is a free grant for helping with rent, energy bill help, case management, free motel voucher, or something else, low income families can get assistance.

Catholic Charities
Main address is 6350 Central Portrage
Portage, Indiana 46368
(219) 762-1177
Various social services are administered, including housing programs. Get rent help, immigration services, basic household needs like furniture, placement into homeless shelters and other help. The churches support Porter County and nearby regions.

First Contact

  • 61 Indiana Ave, Valparaiso IN 46383. (219) 462 – 8332
  • 3484 Airport Rd., Portage Indiana 46368. Telephone (219)764-7322.

The non-profit partners with the local town governments. Multiple churches are part of First Contact. Get emergency financial help (including for rent), furniture, counseling, and other assistance. There are funds for single mothers, disabled, and veterans as well for their rent. Or more on First Contact assistance programs.




Porter County Council On Aging
Location is 1005 N Campbell St.
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Phone of the community action agency is (219) 464-9736
While a focus is on the elderly, the disabled and low income can get assistance too as they also serve as community action. Emergency rent and utility bill help as well as food or transportation. They also assist with government grant applications, supportive housing and other financial resources. They also administer and run the section 8 housing choice voucher (HCV) program. Or find other community action agency grant programs.

The Salvation Army of Porter County
799 Capitol Rd
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Phone: (219) 762-9191
Housing assistance includes free motel vouchers, a homeless shelter, and transitional housing. There is also financial aid for rent, security deposits or heating bills. Case management also addresses housing and employment needs, and any funds for rent are combined with case management.

Indiana Legal Services of Porter County
Legal office is at 7863 Broadway Street
Merrillville, Indiana 46410
This free legal aid covers Porter County. Get help with housing, public benefits such as homeless prevention and rehousing or section 8 and other civil matters. Lawyers help the poor, seniors, and low income with legal housing needs.





Porter County Township Trustees
Each town can provide, as a last resort, emergency financial help to residents. Whether for mortgages, rent, utilities, security deposits, or a short term stay in a motel, financial help is offered. It is short term in nature.

  • Boone 219.996.7121
  • Jackson 219-926-8270
  • Washington 219-531-0050
  • Portage 219-762-1623
  • Porter 219-988-4444
  • Liberty 219-242-8347
  • Pleasant 219-766-3216
  • Pine 219-874-6531
  • Jackson 219-926-8270
  • Morgan 219-733-2415
  • Union 219-759-1482
  • Westchester 219-926-1405

Short term housing – homeless shelters in Port County

Each of the organizations listed below is short term housing. They often have a place to sleep, legal aid for victims of violence, and other resources. Many help homeless people eventually settle, including referrals to rent deposit programs, employment, and rapid rehousing.

  • Gabriel Horn Homeless Shelter is at 792 McCool Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46385. Call (219) 364-8018
  • Crisis Center 219-938-7070. Get referrals.
  • The Caring Place for Domestic Violence - 219-464-2128
  • Warming and Cooling Centers - Phone 219-262-0054. They can keep the homeless warm or coll during the winter or summer.


By Jon McNamara











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