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Division of Family Resources - Porter County

Last Update:3/13/2018
Contact:Carlean Gadling
Title:Regional Manager
Address:2600 Roosevelt Road
Suite 200-1
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Toll Free:800-403-0864
Fax:(219) 548-1421
The Division of Family Resources (DFR) is responsible for establishing eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - food assistance) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF - cash assistance) benefits. The division also manages the timely and accurate delivery of SNAP and TANF benefits.

DFR provides low-income Hoosier families with child care resources from the Bureau of Child Care (BCC), including child care vouchers for eligible families and important information about selecting high quality child care including quality ratings and inspection histories of Indiana child care providers. Additionally, DFR provides employment and training services to some SNAP and TANF recipients. The division’s overarching focus is the support and preservation of families by emphasizing self-sufficiency and personal responsibility
Program Description

The Bureau of Family Resources manages the following services:

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides financial assistance to low-income families with a child under the age of 18 years of age who is deprived of parental support of one or more parents.

The Food Stamp program is designed to raise the nutritional level of low income households by increasing available food purchasing dollars with food stamp coupons.

The Indiana Manpower & Comprehensive Training (IMPACT) service provides to TANF and Food Stamp recipients job-related services to help them become economically self-sufficient.

The Housing & Community Services section assists low-income Hoosier families and individuals through a collaborative effort with 24 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) throughout Indiana. Services may include employment assistance, education, income management, housing, emergency services, nutrition, transportation, and energy assistance.

State Eligibility Manager for the Porter County Office:  Michael Abraham

Public assistance programs have various financial limits, dependent upon the type of assistance that is applied for; most use some level of the Federal Poverty Index for eligibility.
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