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Monroe and Lawrence County rental assistance.

Temporary rent assistance may be available in Monroe or Lawrence County for families that are facing an emergency. Any funds paid out are limited and are only for eligible families. Since there are a number of requests for emergency rent help, and resources are so limited, the agencies will normally give priority to households with children or senior citizens. So housing programs also support the disabled.

The best way to prevent homelessness is through employment and living in an affordable home or apartment. Due to this, the non-profits in Monroe County will address address those issues too. They will require this before issuing any grants or money for paying rent.

In some cases, a family may find the best course of action is to move. For those clients, there may be financial aid for the security deposit on the new home or first months rent. If none of this can be done, then referrals are given.

Monroe County United Ministries
Address is 827 West 14th Court
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Main phone - (812) 339-3429
They only support Monroe County families that are facing an emergency they did not cause from say lack of budgeting. There may be funds for energy bills, rent, mortgages, or a security deposit.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society Of Bloomington
Address: 1117 North Jackson
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 961-1510
The rent help is provided by a partnership of churches. Other aid may be medications, heating fuel, or utility connection or rental deposits.

Salvation Army Center in Bloomington
111 North Rogers Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
Dial (812) 336-4310 for applications.
Very limited financial aid is for rent or other housing needs. They also offer referrals to other local charities.




Shalom Community Center
Address: 620 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
(812) 334-5728
Small dollar amount (such as $50) may be for housing costs, such as rent or utilities. They also offer referrals to loan and government grant programs.

Lawrence Interfaith Endeavor (LIFE)
Address is 1204 I Street
Bedford, IN 47421
(812) 279-4442
There are a couple offices in Lawrence County. If denied from a township trustee, then the charity may offer help for rent or a mortgage payment. A focus is on working poor families with children, or single parents, that have a plan in place to pay future rent on their own.

Blooming Housing Authority
1007 N Summitt St
Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone: (812) 339-3491
Very low income families can apply for everything from section 8 to public housing.

Lawrence County Society Of Saint Vincent De Paul
Call the faith based group at (812) 279-8555

Bloomington Legal Services
Layers offer free advice for both counties. Call (812) 339-7668. They can offer tips on stopping an eviction and information on what a tenants responsibilities are to delinquent rent.

Township Trustee
Each municipality in the region will offer this service. They help with basic needs. This can include housing or rental expenses. Grants may also pay for transportation or household goods, such as beds or cribs for a new home.



By Jon McNamara

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