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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.


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.

Eligibility Requirements:

-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.



Local Resources

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.

Family & Social Services

Apply for/manage DFR Benefits:

SNAP | TANF | Medicaid

First Contact

First Contact is a ministry based non-profit organization.

Phone | 219.764.7322

North Shore

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

Portage Township Food Pantry

The Portage Township Food Pantry will provide those that qualify with one basket of food each month.

Portage Resale Shop

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

Salvation Army

Located at 799 Capitol Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385

Phone | 219.762.9191

Social Security Administration

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


Assists women, infants and children.

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Employment Services

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Fagen Pharmacy

30 Day - $4 | 90 Day - $10

Gil Drugs

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


30 Day - $4 | 90 Day - $10


Free Antibiotics | Free Prenatal Vitamins

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