All states receive federal funding for benefit and entitlement programs through large government grants. This is no different in the state of Indiana, where low-income Hoosiers can turn to the state for help with a number of programs that make up a safety net of support for the state’s neediest residents. Indiana takes this federal funding and adds to it from sources of state revenue. Its programs provide access to health care, supplemental foods, temporary cash assistance and more. In all cases, those seeking help need to locate the state agency responsible for the program inside Indiana and apply locally to receive benefits.
Where Low-Income Families Can Turn for Support
The first place your family should contact for help is the Family and Social Services Administration. The agency offers Indiana’s SNAP or food stamps program that provides a supplemental food supply to struggling families. The program issues this support via electronic benefit cards that can be used at local stores to purchase nutritious foods. The agency also offers a TANF or temporary assistance for needy families program. This not only issues cash assistance but provides work training and placement services to parents trying to get back on their feet economically. Women, Infants and Children is another program that provides supplemental foods inside Indiana. The program is available to pregnant women and to families with children up to age 5.
Need Help with Health Care?
Indiana offers two programs that provide health care to its lowest income residents. The Federal Medicaid Program is provided to minor children and their caretakers, to the blind and disabled and to seniors over the age of 65. Additional health care coverage is offered through Hoosier Healthwise which expands access to pregnant women, their children and to low-income families not covered through Medicaid. To find out if you are eligible for Medicaid, visit the program website or call 1-800-457-4584. If you find you are not covered, dial the Hoosier Healthwise Helpline toll-free 1-800-889-9949.
Child Nutrition and Early Childhood Education
The Department of Education provides a number of school nutrition programs to feed low-income school children in and out of public schools. These provide breakfasts, lunches and snacks during the school year and even a summer feeding service for these same kids while school is out. The Head Start preschool program is provided for children 5 and under and highly involves their parents to better prepare at-risk kids for the start of elementary school. To find a program in your area, use the Head Start search tool to locate programs in your area.
Energy and Weatherization Grants
The Housing and Community Development Authority offers two types of energy programs for low-income households struggling with paying utility bills. Funding for energy assistance is distributed yearly during the coldest winter months. Families found eligible for that program are likely to also receive weatherization improvements that can lower their yearly energy costs. Call 317-232-7777 to find out more about either of these essential state programs.
Filing for Unemployment in Indiana
All states offer unemployment compensation and in Indiana this is handled by the Department of Workforce Development. Claims can be filed online or by visiting your local WorkOne Center. You must be found eligible to receive unemployment by loosing your job through no fault of your own and you must seek work and be ready to start a new job to remain eligible while receiving compensation. For questions about applying for unemployment benefits, call toll-free 1-800-437-9136.
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