During this international COVID-19 pandemic, the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, Indiana has organized its COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) response team to coordinate efforts. If you or your family is in need, the following services are available.
Help Finding Food: To find a nearby a food bank, use the Good Samaritan Food Pantry guide to find the pantry closest to your home. Be sure to have a current ID and proof of residency. Gleaners also has a Mobile Pantry that is open to the public and does not require an ID but has less regular hours of operation: 2020 Gleaners Mobile Food Pantry Schedule. Most food pantries are accommodating the COVID-19 pandemic with drive-up, touch-less distribution.
Help with Housing: If you are currently housed but worried about your April-June rents due to job loss, you should first contact your mortgage company or landlord to discuss payment options. Know your responsibilities and your rights. You cannot be evicted and you are not required to pay a late penalty during this national emergency. However you are still obligated to pay your rent or mortgage. A source for help is your Township Trustee: Find and call your township trustee (click “accept,” enter your address and click “trustee” on the right). If you are unable to get in touch with your trustee, contact Good Samaritan Network. To learn more about housing options during COVID-19, go to HAND, Inc:
If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness, contact Family Promise of Hamilton County.
Help with Utilities: Begin by contacting each utility company to let them know you are in need of help due to COVID-19. Many utility companies are providing grace periods during this crisis. In addition, the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides financial assistance to low-income households to maintain utility services during this time of crisis. Online applications are available or call Good Samaritan Network at 317-842-2603 for an appointment to get a hard copy if you do not have a computer.
Help with Mental Health: Aspire Indiana can provide mental health assistance to those in need with special sliding scale rates.
Help Finding AA Recovery Meetings: http://suburbannorthclub.com/
Help with Transportation: Hamilton County Express is fully operational and able to provide rides to those in need of transportation. The shuttle can take you to the pharmacy or grocery store and wait for you. Fees are waived during the pandemic. Call 317-773-2688 to schedule a ride.
Help with Domestic Abuse Assistance: Prevail continues to provide crisis intervention and restorative support services for adult, adolescent and child survivors of crime and abuse. Call the 24/7 crisis line at 317-776-3472.
Help with Senior Services: Meals on Wheels and the Shepherd’s Center have partnered together and are able to provide meals to all seniors. During the pandemic, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department is working with Shepherd’s Center to do essential item shopping and deliveries to seniors on Thursdays. Contact the Shepherd’s Center for information.
Help to Keep My Business Open: For a link to disaster programs, visit https://www.visithamiltoncounty.com/love-hc/toolkit/