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Assistance programs Tippecanoe County.

Locate churches, charities and government assistance programs (Division of Social services) that provide emergency financial help to low-income families in Lafayette IN area. Find how, and where, to get grant money, loans, or free stuff including food, gas voucher or household items in Tippecanoe County. There may be funds to help with rent, electric bills, transportation or mortgage payments and more. Find financial help near you in Lafayette IN or Tippecanoe County below.

Charities also help low-income families and seniors during the fall and winter by giving out free back to school supplies as well as Christmas gifts or extra heating bill help. Older homes in the county can get free government grants to pay for weatherization or home repairs. Or find free legal aid, foreclosure counseling, a care for a new job, and debt help.

Organizations and resources to turn to for help

If you need some short term help with bills, and at the same time need access to resources so that you can become self-sufficient over the long term, Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Program is an organization that may be able to offer financial help for a hardship. They offer several different programs to people in need.

  • Energy Assistance - This program is funded by the federal government as well as the state of Indiana, and it enables low-income and elderly households the ability to meet and pay for their rising energy and heating bills and it assures they have heat and fuel through the cold winter months. In addition, other special energy programs, such as Summer Fill and free fans and air conditioners may be available throughout the year as funding allows. Read more on the cooling bill assistance programs in the Lafayette region.
  • Head Start - Low-income families who have children between the ages of three and five years of age are served by this comprehensive educational assistance program that includes educational training for parents, transportation, nutritious meals, developmentally appropriate curriculum for children, mental health activities, counseling and social services, health care and special education needs for the disabled.
  • Legal Counseling for Seniors - This is a private monthly program that offers individual appointments with a local attorney for financial legal counseling and other advice. It is free...there is no fee for this service. The sessions are conducted at the Lafayette Area IV Agency main office. They may even be able to refer people to credit counseling agencies.




  • Weatherization - The Weatherization Assistance Program is another free service that is provided that will reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, while ensuring their health and safety is also met and ideally improved. Professional, well trained staff use energy audit protocols and advanced diagnostic equipment to diagnose your home and they will determine which cost-effective measures should be installed to achieve the greatest conservation for your home and also have the best cost payback.
  • Case management, job, and counseling - The Tippecanoe County Community Action agency help clients with stability too. There are job programs, side hustle and gig jobs for extra income, career counseling services and more. The case workers also help with long term needs.

Stop by or contact the Area IV Agency on Aging & Community Action Programs, Inc. at 660 N. 36th Street, Lafayette, Indiana, or call them at (765) 447-7683.

Free food banks and soup kitchens - There are almost 20 locations in the county, with a concentration in Lafayette. The non-profits may offer free groceries, holiday meals, and even household supplies, such as soap or cleaning items. Or contact a food pantry or soup kitchen for the locations of nearby clothing closets for Christmas or school supplies.

There are also free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals in Tippecanoe County, including holiday food boxes. The goal is to help feed the low-income, kids, seniors and homeless among others. More on Tippecanoe County free food pantries.

Tippecanoe County Town Trustees can help families facing a crisis that live in the town. They offer basic needs and emergency support such as the following. People should call their local municipality to apply.

  • Grants for housing costs, such as utilities, rent, and heating bills.
  • Clothing, food, and work attire.
  • Referrals are given to low-income families to fix a house or pay for needs, and find free government grants to pay for home repairs.
  • Other support may range from financial aid for funeral expenses, transportation, security deposit help, or shelter.





Salvation Army Social Services - This Tippecanoe County charity not only offers spiritual support and guidance, but there is also limited immediate financial help, grants, free food, loan programs, and more. Based on resources, the following support may be offered.

Operating from a center in Lafayette, some money may be available. The funds can pay for everything from rent to utility or water bills, housing, and medical care needs. There are also basic needs, such as an emergency homeless shelter, food, clothes, and much more. Or stop by the thrift voucher (or request a voucher) for Christmas toys, school supplies or backpacks and household items. Get help from the Tippecanoe County Salvation Army.

Tippecanoe County Division of Family Resources helps families living in poverty, the disabled, low-income and others. They help with applications to government assistance programs and benefits. There are SNAP food stamps, Medicaid, and SSI disability grants. Or apply for Eldercare, caregiver assistance, and temporary cash assistance program in IN, also known as TANF. DHR has time limited programs, and the address is  823 Park E Blvd suite a, Lafayette, IN 47905. Dial (800) 403-0864.

Free lawyers in Lafayette Indiana

The working poor, seniors and elderly can get assistance from a free attorney. They help with civil needs or issues, including free Foreclosure counseling, tenant defense services, family issues, will and more.

Indiana Legal Services, which is located 8 N 3rd Street, Lafayette, IN 47901, offers free legal representation, consultation and other advice for low to moderate income clients in the county. There are free consultations on housing issues, foreclosure, public benefits, and family, consumer and senior law, credit card law, and mortgage problems.

They do offer limited free foreclosure counseling, in partnership with HUD non-profit certified counselors. They also offer credit counseling, including legal aid to stop debt collectors. Call the firm at (765) 423-5327.

If a local family starts getting behind on mortgage payments they should call as soon as possible, before it is too late. The office offer free or low-cost foreclosure counseling services. Lawyers offer legal help and possible mediation in foreclosure discussions. Find other ways to get Indiana mortgage assistance.


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