TEMPORARY & EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
The Portage Township Trustee's Office is committed to elevating the quality of life in Portage Township serving Portage Township residents with temporary and emergency assistance for food, clothing, shelter and health and safety needs while assisting clients in reaching financial independence.
Portage Township residents who meet township guidelines may apply for financial assistance with their rent, utility bills, as well as, referrals to other agencies for food and clothing. Any Portage Township resident in need of assistance is encouraged to call the Trustee's Office at 219.762.1623.
ENERGY ASSISTANCE (EAP)
The Portage Township Trustee's Office is also an Energy Assistance Site. Energy Assistance is a federally funded block grant offered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This grant provides funds for individual states to assist low-income families with the high cost of energy.
The Indiana General assembly has enacted Indiana Code 8-1-2-121 governing the termination of natural gas and electric service without the customer's request. This law, which first became effective in 1983, states that a utility (municipally-owned, privately-owned or cooperatively-owned) may not, during the period from December 1st-March 15th of any year, terminate residential utility service to any customer who is eligible and approved for the Energy Assistance Program.
Comcast Internet Essentials
Comcast Internet Essentials is a low-income based program that offers affordable home internet and in-home Wi-Fi for $9.95 a month plus tax.
-Residence must be in a Comcast service area
-Applicant must not have had Comcast service within the last 90 days
-Applicant must not have a past unpaid Comcast debt that is less than a year old.
-Applicant must be enrolled in the Free or Reduced School Lunch Program, receive public housing assistance or be a senior citizen receiving public assistance
Applicants may apply online or by calling (855)846-8376.