COVID-19 Community Resources

The coronavirus has disrupted everyday life for people across the state of Indiana. If you need assistance or want to assist those affected by the pandemic, these resources can help.

Filing for Unemployment

If you live in Indiana and are unemployed or furloughed because of the coronavirus, you can apply for unemployment. Self-employed and contract workers can also apply.

Apply for unemployment on the DWD’s website. Due to high traffic you may experience delays for verification emails and contact center phone calls. Learn more about how to file for unemployment here.

Utilities – Internet and Mobile

Verizon: Late fees, wireless data overage charges, and activation fees are waived. Service to residential and small business customers who can’t pay their bills due to the coronavirus will not be terminated. Customers can receive unlimited domestic calling to wireless customers on limited-minute plans through April 30. Certain plans will receive 15GB free data through April.

AT&T: Late payment fees for postpaid wireless, home phone or broadband residential, U-verse TV or DIRECTV customers are waived. Domestic postpaid wireless plan overage charges for data, voice or text for residential postpaid wireless customers are also waived. AT&T will not terminate the service of any postpaid wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus. They will also keep their public Wi-Fi hotspots open for anyone to use.

Sprint: Customers with metered data plans will receive unlimited data for 60 days, effective March 18. Customers with hotspot-enabled devices will receive 20GB of free mobile hotspot. For questions about billing, visit their billing FAQ.

Xfinity/Comcast: Customers who are unable to pay their bills because of disruptions caused by the coronavirus will not be disconnected or charged late fees if they contact Comcast and let them know they can’t pay their bills. New customers will receive 60 days of free Internet Essentials service. Data plan limits are paused through May 13, giving all customers unlimited data. Public Xfinity WiFi hotspots will be open for anyone to use.

Utilities – Gas and Electric

All service disconnects in Indiana are suspended. Customers will still be billed for service.

Citizens Energy Group: Flexible payment plans are available. Call 317-924-3311 to resume a previously disconnected service and for payment information.

Indiana Power and Light: Customers should still pay what they can. Residential customers can call 317-261-8222 with questions.

Housing

Evictions and foreclosures in Indiana are suspended. However, there is no freeze on rent or mortgage payments. There is no national resource to help with making rent or mortgage payments at this time. Reach out to your broker for more information.

If you cannot make your rent or mortgage payment, these resources may be able to help:

2-1-1: 2-1-1 is a free and confidential services that helps Hoosiers find what they need. Find what resources are available in your area with their finder tool.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: an accredited housing counselor can discuss your options with you if you are unable to make rent or mortgage payments during this time.

Food Resources

If you are concerned about feeding yourself and your family during shelter in place, these resources may be able to help you. You can find food resources near you by using this interactive food assistance map. Check with all organization websites for scheduling or pickup changes due to the coronavirus.

Marion County
Gleaners Food Pantry
Wheeler Mission
Westminster Neighborhood Services

Delaware County
Second Harvest Food Bank
Christian Ministries of Delaware County
Find a downloadable list of Delaware County food pantries here

Lake County
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana (includes pantry locator)
Crown Point Community Care Cupboard
Bread of Life Food Pantry at Faith Temple of Christ

Washington County
Northside Mission Food Pantry at Second Presbyterian Church
Covenant Foods at Northside Baptist Church

Tippecanoe County
Food Finders (includes list of food pantries in Tippecanoe County)
Brady Lane Church Food Pantry
Battleground United Methodist Church

Vanderburgh County
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
Evansville Salvation Army
Tristate Food Bank

Hamilton County
Merciful HELP Center
Grace Care Center
Carmel United Methodist Church Food Pantry