The Lincoln Township Trustee can provide emergency and short-term assistance to individuals and families who need help paying for basic needs. Applicants must show that they are unable to provide basic needs through personal effort and that they have exhausted all other means. The Trustee's goal is to help residents become self-sufficient while remaining fiscally responsible and accountable to the public.
What assistance is available?
Financial assistance to help pay for basic needs is available to eligible Lincoln Township residents. The amount of assistance is stipulated by the Towship Assistance Guidlines.
Financial assistance for basic needs could include:
The Trustee can also refer you to additional resources, training programs and local charities to help you get back on track.
Who is eligible for assistance?
In order to be eligible to receive Township assistance, you must be below the monthly maximum income limit and meet the following requirements:
Live in Lincoln Township (see Township map)
Be in need of basic necessities
Not exceed the income guidelines
Be able to provide documentation of income and expenses for all household members
Be willing to help yourself as much as possible
2020 MAXIMUM INCOME GUIDELINES
NOTE: Lincoln Township assistance is based on 100% of the 2020 poverty guidelines which are updated periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
How do I apply for assistance?
Applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
Step 1: Fill Out an Application
Download the application or pick up an application at the Trustee's office.
The application is a legal document and must state your situation as accurately and completely as possible.
The head of household and all adults living in the household over the age of 18 must sign the application.
Step 2: Gather Required Documents
Your application will not be considered without all the required documents (see list below).
Return your completed application along with copies of the required documents to the Trustee's office or send all items via email.
Step 3: Trustee Review
The Trustee will review your application and required documents.
To determine eligibility, the Trustee will consider your overall financial situation.
Every application is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Financial assistance funds and limits are based upon the Township Assistance Standards. A copy isavailable in the office.
An interview (in-person or via phone) may be scheduled upon review or if we have additional questions regarding your application.
Step 4: Approval
Assistance is at the sole discretion of the Trustee.
The Trustee has up to 3 business days to make a decision once all information has been provided.
a. If approved, you will be notified and asked to sign the final paperwork. The Trustee will then make the payment directly to the vendor.
b. If denied, you can appeal at the Hendricks County Commissioner's office.
What information must I have to apply?
Application completed and signed by the head of household and all adults living in the household over the age of 18
Proof of Residency (valid driver's license, Indiana ID Card, bill or bank statement)
Social Security card (s) for each household member
Copy of birth certificates of all children in the household
Proof of all income for the last 30 days for every person over the age of 18 and not attending school (pay stub, unemployment benefits, state assistance, child support, disability, SNAP benefits etc). Government stimulus payments will be considered income during the health crisis.
Bank Statements (checking and savings) showing transactions of at least the last 60 days
Current lease or most recent mortgage statement
Copies of bills for which assistance is requested showing the disconnect or eviction notice