Emergency Assistance

We are now able to offer an online application to residents who desire to complete one online.  We ask that if you submit an online application that you call us at 812-339-6593 to confirm it was routed correctly.

Are you a resident of Benton Township? Do you need help paying your bills? We may be able to help!

A Township Trustee can provide residents with assistance for food, shelter, utilities, and other certain basic necessities when no other resources are available. Township assistance meant to be a last-resort help until other benefits are being processed or for a short period of unexpected hardship. If you meet our Township Assistance Guidelines, assistance is not paid to you but instead directly to companies that provide the services you need.

In order to apply, you will need to contact our office to make an appointment to talk to the caseworker about your situation and fill out an Application for Assistance.  If you’d like, you can get a head start by filling out an application in advance, but please wait to sign the application until you come in.

You will need to bring some documents with you when you come such as identification, income and expense information for the last 30 days, and current bills you are asking for assistance with. Here is a list of documentation required at appointment, including our new Last 30 Day Income and Expense Sheet.

After we receive everything that we need for your completed application, we will begin to investigate your situation to identify what your short and long term needs are. In addition to any assistance we can provide by our guidelines, we can put you in touch with various private, local, state, and federal organizations that also may be about to help you both now and in the future.

If you have any other questions or to check to see if you are a Benton Township resident, please call us at 812-339-6593.