November 2023 HELP NOW – Utilities, Rent, Section 8, Legal, Jobs, Holidays

PDF Here or Below – HC Help November 2023


Energy Assistance Program: Provides a one-time annual benefit that can assist low-income Hoosiers with the high cost of home energy and can help those who are about to get disconnected.

Opportunity to apply for assistance will open 8am Eastern Time October 2, 2023, through May 20, 2024 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

Apply for assistance online HERE

Or pick up application at Family Promise Resource Center located at 238 N. Vine, St., Plainfield


 Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA): Helps renter households with rent and utility assistance. This includes help with paying rent up to 18 months of current and past­ due rent. This assistance is through Community Action of Greater Indianapolis.

ERA accepting application through December 2023

Call to Apply:  317-396-1800

When you call dial “1” for English and then “0” to speak with an operator. Once the operator answers you say, “Hendricks County” and then “trying to apply for ERA”.

For More Information:


 Section 8: Is available to income-eligible individuals and families and exists to assist with rent payments to provide decent, affordable, sanitary, and safe housing for persons with low incomes.

The Section 8 program is not emergency housing assistance and your waiting time for assistance may exceed 24 months.


Please note that you will be required to create a Waitlist Check account and have a valid e-mail address to apply.


Family Promise is partnering with Neighborhood Christian Legal Services to provide legal services to our clients and to the community. There are a variety of options available:

  • Legal assistance by Vee via the legal kiosk at the Resource Center (238 N. Vine Street, Plainfield) every other Thursday. Vee cannot give advice, she can help complete and file paperwork. Call Vee at 463-226-3062 or email to schedule an appointment (required).
  • Legal Clinic with an attorney from NCLS at the Resource Center (238 N. Vine Street, Plainfield) on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Focus on expungements, evictions, and other housing related legal matters. Call Vee at 463-226-3062 or email to schedule an appointment (required).
  • NCLS Expungement Help Desk – Available for a limited number of new walk-in visitors (first-come, first-served) on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. They are located at 3115 Southeastern Ave on the 3rd floor of the Aequitas office building on the Community Justice Campus (CJC) in Indianapolis.
  • NCLS Consult with a Lawyer Program – An attorney will provide counsel and advice only. Walk-ins are welcome, and it is first come first served. Available the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00am until 12:00pm at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.
  • Here is a link to the services provided by Neighborhood Christian Legal Services that will also advise on how they provide intakes:


 Temporary employment or on-demand employment:

Seasonal Jobs Hiring Right Now:

Thanksgiving Community Dinner

 *Project A.N.G.E.L. of Hendricks County

Project A.N.G.E.L. of Hendricks County has opened the application process for our 2023 Christmas assistance program. We will also distribute applications to ALL county school administration offices and local libraries. Our application process begins September 16, 2023 and runs through November 10, 2023. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH A POSTMARK AFTER NOVEMBER 10th AND AGAIN APPLICATIONS WILL BE DENIED IF YOU DO NOT INCLUDE ALL THE INFORMATION REQUESTED

Apply At:

*Mental Health America of Hendricks County

Holiday Scrolls

The Holiday Scrolls program supports families living with and under care for mental illness. Provider referral required. Families provide their own wish lists, and we pair a “holiday angel” to shop for them.  Contact for more information.

*United States Postal Services Operation Santa

Open NOW through NOVEMBER 20, 2023

Apply at:

*The Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Shop

Generous sponsors shop for children (Angels) to provide toys and essentials from wish lists. When parents arrive at the Angel Tree Toy Shop, they select from the donated gifts for their children at no cost. They take these gifts home and wrap them for Christmas.

Opens October 2nd until all signup spots are filled. Apply at:


Pre-register online before Nov. 29th

This year, the Avondale Meadows YMCA is pre-registering underserved families to receive Christmas toys for youth ages 0 -15 online or in-person.


  1. Visit
  2. Go to Main Menu.
  3. Click on Registration & Payment.
  4. Select Sign In or Create an Account..


Onsite registration is at the Avondale Meadows YMCA, 3908 Meadows Dr. on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 – 10 a.m.

Please bring photo ID, birth certificates for each child, and proof of residence.

Must have a valid email address to pre-register in-person or online.

Families who need holiday assistance must pre-register at by Nov. 29 or onsite from 8 – 10 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the Avondale Meadows YMCA. Call (317) 549-9622 for more information.

Toys will be distributed to families from 8 a.m. – noon on Dec. 15 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.


*Fletcher Place Community Center

1637 Prospect Street Indianapolis, IN 46203    Phone – 317-636-3466

Families can come to our back desk and pick up a Christmas Application.
Registered shoppers receive an appointment card in the mail that notes the day and time they are to come shop.

*Mary Riggs Neighborhood Center

1920 W Morris Street Indianapolis 46221 317-639-6106

Must live in service area (Marion County) – N Railroad tracks South of Washington Street, South Raymond Street, East White River, West Holt Road

*Churches in Mission (Morgan County)

Registration ends 11/23

Mooresville – 317-831-3987, 27 S Indiana Street, 46158

Martinsville – 765-341-6652, 60 W Pike Street 46151

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