Connecting low-income Hoosiers with statewide organizations committed to providing free legal expertise, mental health services, housing assistance and more.
Everyone deserves justice, but not everyone can afford to hire an attorney. Indiana Legal Services, Inc., a nonprofit law firm, provides free legal services for civil proceedings exclusively and serves clients who are either at risk of physical injury or at risk of losing access to basic necessities, including shelter, income, food or medical care. The majority of cases the organization takes involve domestic violence, housing, consumer law, health care or government benefit programs.
Eligibility for free legal help is open to Indiana residents with household incomes within 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, although eligibility depends on the specific circumstances of each case.
Counseling and Mental Health Services
For many victims of crime, the emotional repercussions can outlast any physical wounds. Be Well Indiana, a resource provided by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, offers free counseling and mental health services to Indiana residents experiencing stress, anxiety, loneliness or other mental health strains. Services include a crisis helpline and crisis text line for individuals experiencing mental health emergencies.
Be Well Indiana’s free counseling and mental health services also include tips for achieving mental and physical well-being and reducing stress. Contact Be Well Indiana today to get the support you need to thrive.
The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council (IPAC) is a nonpartisan, independent state judicial branch comprised of Indiana’s 91 prosecuting attorneys and their chief deputies. The organization maintains several programs designed to protect the most vulnerable Hoosiers. IPAC can help Indiana residents contact their local prosecutor’s child support office and obtain assistance applying for child support. These resources allow qualifying parents and guardians to secure financial and medical support for their children. Prosecutors can also assist by locating parents, establishing paternity, and instituting and enforcing support obligations.
Hoosiers who have fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments could qualify for assistance programs. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) provides housing assistance to Indiana residents who meet certain qualifications. Eligibility is generally open to individuals who are behind on payments because of involuntary unemployment, underemployment, divorce, death of a spouse or medical hardship.
Through the Safe Path Home initiative, the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICDAV) is working to let survivors of domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual assault and human trafficking know that housing help is available.