Continuing Help


Here are some federal, state, and local assistance programs: 

  • Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA)
    The state of Indiana's main office for assistance, including the Division of Aging, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, State Health Plans, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services and the Division of Family Resources.
  • Indiana's online unemployment information
    This includes instructions and a link to the application. Our local unemployment office - the State of Indiana Workforce Development office - is located at 450 S. Landmark Ave., Bloomington. Here's a map and directions. Their phone number is 812-331-6000.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    The Food Stamp Program provides benefits to low-income people that they can use to buy food to improve their diets. Food stamp recipients spend their benefits to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.
  • Medicaid
    Medicaid is a federally-funded program which provides medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources. Medicaid is the largest program providing medical and health-related services to America's poorest people.
  • Medicare
    Medicare, the nation's largest health insurance program, covers nearly 40 million Americans. It is a health insurance program for people 65 years of age and older, some disabled people under 65 years of age, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure treated with dialysis or a transplant).
  • National School Lunch Program
    The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides free and reduced-cost lunches to eligible schoolchildren nationwide.
  • School Breakfast Program
    The School Breakfast Program is a federal entitlement program that provides states with cash assistance in providing free and reduced-cost breakfasts to eligible schoolchildren nationwide. The program is operated in nearly 80,000 public and non-profit private schools and residential child care facilities.
  • Head Start Head Start and Early Head Start are national programs that provide comprehensive developmental services for low income children from birth to age five, as well as social services for their families. Use this map to find local programs.
  • State Children's Health Insurance Program
    The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) provides free or low-cost health insurance to children who do not qualify for Medicaid coverage, but whose families cannot afford private health insurance. Different states have different eligibility rules, but in general, uninsured children 18 years old and younger whose families earn up to $34,100 a year (for a family of four) are eligible.
  • Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI)
    The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly income to people who are age 65 and older, or are blind or disabled, and have limited income and financial resources.
  • Social Security Online – federal site
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
    The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is a special nutrition program that provides supplemental foods, nutrition counseling, and access to health services to low-income women, infants, and children under the age of five.
  • Housing4Hoosiers
    Housing4Hoosiers seeks to connect low- and moderate-income renters with affordable housing, particularly in Bloomington and Monroe County, though its resources may help renters throughout Indiana. 
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church 1503 W That Rd, 824-2768
  • Trinity Episcopal Church 111 South Grant St, 336-4466
  • Monroe County United Ministries 827 West 14th St, 339-3429
  • St Vincent De Paul, 961-1510
  • Salvation Army 508 West Kirkwood Ave, 336-4310
  • Shalom Community Center 620 South Walnut St, 334-5728