Center Township Assistance
Our primary function is to provide Township Assistance to the less
We do this through an extensive application process - making
sure the right people are getting the assistance needed.
Some of the services we offer include:
- Shelter Assistance
- Utility Assistance
- Food and Clothing Click Here to Download List of Local Food Pantries
- Medical Assistance
- Transportation (to seek & accept employment only when there
is a likelihood that employment is readily available)
- Household Necessities
- Other benefits as determined by trustee
Individuals and/or households who may be in need must complete an
application and meet the township's eligibility standards and
All adult members of the household must, by law, sign the
- RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS - All applicants for
township assistance must reside within the boundaries of the township.
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address in the form to find your township residency.
- INCOME STANDARDS - Income is defined as the
total monetary amount currently available in the household and/or that
which is projected to be available to any and all members of the
household from any source. The township guidelines are listed in the chart below.
- ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS - All applicants for
Township Assistance must meet the following minimum criteria in order
to be determined eligible for initial township assistance.
A. An applicant must complete an "Application
for Township Assistance TA-1" & a "Disclosure and Release of
Information". Both forms must be signed by all adult
members of the household. In addition, all adult members must
complete and sign all other documents, forms, or instruments required
by Indiana Law. These are necessary for our caseworkers to
determine an applicant's eligibility as per the township's
"Standards and Guidelines".
B. An applicant must furnish the township with an acceptable
means of identification and social security numbers for each member of
C. The household income and/or liquid resources
combined (e.g. bonds, stocks, savings, or checking accounts, or
certificates of deposit) cannot exceed the township's income
D. The household or a member of the requesting
household must have a verifiable need that is basic and cannot be
remedied in a timely manner by means other than by an expenditure of
townships funds. (Example: if you are eligible for food stamps or TANF and
have not applied, we will refer you to FSSA.) All members of the household must show evidence
that they have exhausted their resources.
E. The applicant and members of the applicant's
household cannot be in violation of any provision of the township's
"Standards and Guidelines".
F. All able-bodied adult members of the household
must show evidence of trying to find employment or present medical
evidence that they are unable to work.
A. Picture identification for all adult
members of the household that indicates the applicant is a resident of
the township. An Indiana driver's License or ID Card issued by
the BMV will be accepted.
B. Social Security numbers for all members of the
household. This must be in the form of either a Social Security
Card, or printouts from the Social Security Office or the Division of
Family and Social Services.
C. Birth Certificates for all
children residing in the household.
D. Applicants must provide income verification for
all members of the household. The income threshold for determining
eligibility is based from and is set above the federal poverty level. (See Table Below)
E. Applicant must provide receipts for how their
income was expended during the previous thirty (30) to sixty (60) day period.
Monday - Friday
8am - 4:30pm
except Wednesday until Noon
When to apply
The application process is a two step process - an initial interview (intake) at which time you will be
assigned an appointment and told what documentation you will need to bring to support your request for assistance. Since except for appointments
clients are served on a first come - first served basis, and especially if you are submitting an initial request &
application, the earlier you sign in the earlier you will be seen.
We accept applications on weekdays during the following hours:
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Once seen, the initial interview itself can take 60 to 75 minutes.
Anyone needing special aid, readers, or interpreters should contact the township at least 48 hours in advance.