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Wabash, Cass, Miami, and Tipton County assistance programs.

Resources for bills, housing, and basic needs

Housing programs and emergency shelter are offered by a few non-profits or government agencies. They include the Kokomo Rescue Mission (phone (765) 456-3838) and the Emmaus Mission Center (dial (574) 739-0107). They are for Cass and Miami County and may offer rental subsidies, information on emergency rent help, and other support to the recently evicted. However the main focus is on providing short term shelter to the homeless.

Logansport Housing Authority (phone (574) 753-4666) as well as the Peru Housing Authority (765) 473-6601 can help the very low income apply for section 8 housing vouchers. This is a government program which can help pay a portion of your rent.

Township Trustees are always a good resource to call in your time of need. State law requires these offices to help, when possible and qualifications are met. They may offer emergency assistance with buying food, fuel and clothing, shelter, medical care, and grants for paying utilities. The town will also coordinate shelter for evicted or stranded families. Other assistance includes funeral and burial expenses. Exact services levels will vary by town.

Area Five Agency on Aging & Community Services, Inc. is the non-profit community action agency to call. They offer some or all of the assistance programs below.

Free meals may be provided to senior citizens, the elderly, and their spouses. Congregate feeding sites will offer a free balanced meal, five days a week to anyone who needs some food or companionship. While the meals are free, but served on a donation basis, so please pay a little money if you can. For those age 60 or older and the home bound, the community action agency home delivery program serves them. Many charities, non-profits, and even businesses from Wabash and Miami contribute to the program, so please donate if you can.

Rx Assistance is information and guidance. Access a database, and work with a specialist, in an effort to find affordable, or free, prescription medications. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Express Scripts also contribute to the prescription program. The agency will help people apply for aid. Also, most medications offered are done so for free or very low cost. The Area Five Agency programs even compliments the Medicare D plans. Dial 800-654-9421, or find more medications for free.




Get assistance in saving money from the Individual Development Account (IDA). This is a matched savings program that also offers services such as financial literacy and budgeting. After you enroll, you will be assigned to an IDA Administrator to help develop a savings plan. The money needs to be used to buy a home, pay for repairs, further your post-secondary education or to pay for a job training program.

Apply for the WIC Program at the community action agency. This can help families as the government will give qualified individuals checks or vouchers. The aid needs to be used to pay for nutritional foods from your local grocery store. WIC is for pregnant women, infants, and children under the age of five, and also new moms (up to six months after delivery) as well as breastfeeding mothers.

Utility and energy bill assistance is offered from LIHEAP. The program assists low-income families in Cass, Miami, or Tipton County with paying their heating bill and the high costs of home energy. Those that qualify will be given a one-time cash grant benefit for paying both electric and heating service. Staff can help you with the application process to see if you are eligible for government aid. Interested families, in particular the elderly, should contact their local outreach site or the main office for more information.

There are several local offices for the Area Five Agency on Aging & Community Services, Inc. Call a center near you for assistance, information, or referrals. Or for more information on resources administered, click Area Five financial assistance programs.

  • 105 Olive Street, Wabash, Indiana 46962, call (260) 563-6860
  • 1801 Smith Street, Logansport, IN 46947, telephone 574-722-4451
  • Howard Count is supported by 111 E. Sycamore Street, Kokomo, IN, dial 765-454-5562
  • Miami County families should stop by 661 E. Main Street in Peru. Or call 765-472-0713.
  • 105 Olive Street, Wabash, Indiana, dial 260-563-6860 for hours.
  • Tipton County Human Resource Center also accepts application. 341 W. Jefferson Street, Suite C, Tipton, IN, dial 765-675-4746





Clinics and health care services

Cass County Community Health Center may be able to assist income qualified and uninsured residents. Check ups, medications, and other basic care may be provided. Or get referrals to specialists as needed. Call (574) 722-7407 for intake.

Community Health Center of Miami County also offers many of the same services. (765) 472-2519

Free food pantries and basic needs

-Emmaus Mission Center - (574) 739-0107-Salvation Army of Cass County – May have free food, groceries, and holiday meals. Other social services are offered too. (574) 722-1979. Or dial the Miami County center at (765) 473-5498.
-Vinyard Christian Fellowship – Hot meals, basic needs such as clothing, and more is offered. (574) 735-0345
-Living Well In Wabash County COA, Inc. offers assistance at most once per month. 239 Bond Street
Wabash, Indiana 46992, dial (260) 563-4475.
-East Main Street Church of God can be reached at (574) 753-3978
-First Assembly of God of Cass County - (574) 722-5232
-Miami County Helping Hands – Offers referrals and information on many local social services and assistance programs. Call (765) 472-1875 for information.
-Kokomo Urban Outreach (Carpenter House Church) – Phone (765) 457-1983
-Kokomo Rescue Mission focuses on the homeless. Hot meals, shelter, and guidance is provided. Telephone: (765) 456-3838.
-Second Harvest Food Bank Of East Central Indiana supports multiple counties, including Miami and Tipton. Free groceries, government commodities, and more is offered. Call (765) 287-8698.
-Fellowship Food Pantry supplies the poor and low income residents with food, perishables and fresh produce. Seniors and children also get help. Address is 500 North Front Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. Dial (260) 982-2325.
-Second Blessings Thrift Store and Pantry of Tipton County, dial (765) 675-6227
-Heartland Ministries From the Heart – Phone (765) 675-2083.
-Windfall United Methodist Church may have emergency boxes of food, hot meals, and more. Call (765) 945-7195.
-Rock Prairie Baptist Church Masters Basket - (765) 675-4588
-Encore Lifestyle & Enrichment Center – Call the non-profit at (765) 675-4746.
-Normady Christian Church – Telephone (765) 675-6227.


By Jon McNamara














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