All about township assistance

What are the types of assistance?

Township assistance is a tax funded  program offered to residents of Center Township to help alleviate the troubles of financial difficulties. The township can assist clients in many different areas but the areas of focus are the basic necessities of life  which include : shelter/rent, utilities, food, medical , prescriptions,transportation and burials.

Residency Eligibility

In order to qualify for township assistance  applicants must meet the

Residency requirements- All applicants must live in Center Township of Howard County and must be able to prove residency .If you are not sure if you address is in Center Township give our office a call or stop by an we can help you figure it out

Income Eligibilty

Income Guidelines

Income requirements- Center Township of Howard County follows the income guidelines and it varies depending on household size. The chart above list the different levels and the amount your monthly income can be to qualify 

Other Eligibility Requirements


An applicant must complete an "Application for Township Assistance TA-1" & a "Disclosure and Release of Information".   Both forms must be signed by all adult members of the household.  In addition, all adult members must complete and sign all other documents, forms, or instruments required by Indiana Law.  These are necessary for our caseworkers  to determine  an applicant's eligibility as per the township's "Standards and Guidelines".

B.   An applicant must furnish the township with an acceptable means of identification and social security numbers for each member of the household.

C.    The household  income and/or liquid resources combined (e.g. bonds, stocks, savings, or checking accounts, or certificates of deposit) cannot exceed the township's  income guidelines.

D.    The household  or a member of the requesting household must have a verifiable need that is basic and cannot be remedied in a timely manner by means other than by an expenditure of townships funds. (Example: if you are eligible for food stamps or TANF and have not applied, we will refer you to FSSA.)  All members of the household must show evidence that they have exhausted their resources.  

E.    The applicant and members of the applicant's household cannot be in violation of any provision of the township's "Standards and Guidelines".

F.    All able-bodied adult members of the household must show evidence of trying to find employment or present medical evidence that they are unable to work. 

What to bring with you

 A.    Picture identification for all adult members of the household that indicates the applicant is a resident of the township.  An Indiana driver's License or ID Card issued by the BMV  will be accepted.

B.    Social Security numbers for all members of the household.  This must be in the form of either a Social Security Card, or printouts from the Social Security Office or the Division of Family and Social Services. 

C.    Birth Certificates for all children residing in the household.

D.    Applicants must provide income verification for all members of the household.  The income threshold for determining eligibility is based from and is set above the federal poverty level. (See Table Below)

E.    Applicant must provide receipts for how their income was expended during the previous thirty (30) to sixty (60) day period.  

When to apply

The application process is a two step process - an initial interview (intake) at which time you will be assigned an appointment and told what documentation you will need to bring to support your request for assistance. Since except for appointments clients are served on a first come - first served basis, and especially if you are submitting an initial request & application, the earlier you sign in the earlier you will be seen. We accept applications on weekdays during the following hours:

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Once seen, the initial interview itself can take 60 to 75 minutes.