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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, and 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.

Energy Assistance Applicants, Please Note:  It may take 55 days to determine if you are eligible, and after your benefit has been awarded, it may take an additional 30 days for the utility company to process your benefit. Please continue to pay your utility bills while waiting for your energy assistance to appear on your account. 

 

If you are receiving a direct pay benefit, it may take up to 120 days from the date of your benefit approval for your payment to be processed and mailed to you.  Please allow 120 days from the approval date before you call to check the benefit status.

COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS

Comcast Internet Essentials is a low-income-based program that offers affordable home internet and in-home WiFi for $9.95 a month plus tax.

Eligibility Requirements:

1.  Residence must be in a Comcast service area 

2.  Applicant must not have had Comcast service within the last 90 days

3.  Applicant must not have a past unpaid Comcast debt under a year old.

4.  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.

PORTER COUNTY
DISCOUNT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

 Gil Drugs

Target

 Walgreens

Walmart

CVS

Meijer

30 Day - $4 | 90 Day $10

30 Day - $4 | 90 Day $10

30 Day - $4 | 90 Day - $10

30 Day - $4 | 90 Day - $10

30 Day - $4 | 90 Day - $10

Free Antibiotics & Free Prenatal Vitamins

LOCAL RESOURCES

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PORTER COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING

PCACS extends a helping hand to seniors, the disabled, and the low-income by providing compassionate services to improve their quality of life while maintaining their dignity and independence.

We strive to be the recognized leader in providing exceptional services that assure improved quality of life and independence to those we serve.

219-464-9736

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FAMILY & SOCIAL SERVICES

Apply for/manage DFR Benefits:

SNAP | TANF | Medicaid

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FIRST CONTACT

First Contact is a ministry-based non-profit organization.

Phone | (219) 462-8332

North Shore Health Centers

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North Shore's mission is to ensure that each individual has a medical home and access to the highest quality health care, regardless of sex, age, race, social or cultural standing, and/or ability to pay.

219-763-8112

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY

The Portage Township Food Pantry is available to Poratge Township residents. Please contact the Portage Township Trustee's office to sign up for a yearly voucher. Click below for an application and list of required documents.

Portage Township Food Pantry Hours of Operation:

1st, 2nd and 4th Thursday 10a- 12p

3rd Thursday 4p- 6p

*clients are permitted to use the pantry two times per month

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PORTAGE RESALE SHOP

The Portage Resale Shop is a volunteer-based non-profit thrift store that connects people with basic resources. 219-764-3375

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PORTER COUNTY SALVATION ARMY

Located at 799 Capitol Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385

Phone | (219) 762 - 9191

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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

Local Office located at 3810 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, IN 46383

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INDIANA WIC

Assists women, infants and children.
219-464-9220

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WORK ONE NORTHWEST INDIANA

Employment Services- 219-762-6592

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