Utilities will not be shutoff during the COVID-19 outbreak:
- The City of South Bend announced immediate suspension of all water shutoffs on Monday, March 16.
- American Electric Power (AEP) announced suspension of all electric shutoffs on Friday, March 13.
- NIPSCO announced suspension of all gas shutoffs on Friday, March 13.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb ordered on March 19 that evictions and foreclosures may not be initiated until Indiana’s state of emergency has terminated.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has asked Hoosiers to file complaints if evictions or foreclosure proceedings occur during the COVID-19 crisis. Anyone who is unlawfully subjected to such a proceedings should contact the Attorney General’s Office’s Consumer Protection Division.
Individuals with questions can call the Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-382-5516 or 317-232-6330.
Township Trustees provide emergency assistance to individuals and families in need who qualify based on township assistance standards. This can include payment of rent, mortgage, or utilities, as well as burial or funeral costs. Individuals can find their township trustee’s contact information here and must call before visiting the office in person.
Catholic Charities’ Resource & Referral Program
Catholic Charities’ Resource & Referral Program provides limited financial assistance to help meet basic needs including utility assistance or rental assistance as well as material assistance based upon availability of resources. Assistance is provided by appointment only. The Assistance Line is available by calling 574-234-3111 ext. 60.
South Bend Heritage – Rent Assistance for SBH Residents
South Bend Heritage will assist a limited number of residents living in SBH apartment communities that are struggling to pay rent due to the negative economic effects of the coronavirus. Eligible residents will be able to apply for rental assistance through the Audrey Gilbert Ratner Housing Fund, managed by South Bend Heritage.
Funds are limited. Residents will be evaluated by SBH staff to determine their assistance eligibility. Preference is given to women with children and restrictions will apply. Click here to apply.
La Casa de Amistad Bilingual Resources | RECURSOS BILINGUES DE LA CASA DE AMISTAD
La Casa de Amistad will continue to answer phones and return messages to help connect residents, especially Spanish-speaking residents, to local services. La Casa de Amistad can be reached at (574)233-2120.
La Casa de Amistad continuará respondiendo teléfonos y devolviendo mensajes para ayudar a conectar a los residentes, especialmente a los hispanohablantes, con los servicios locales. Se puede contactar La Casa de Amistad al (574) 233-2120.