Area IV offers programs in order to assist individuals and families to have decent, safe, and sanitary living conditions, and to provide resources to help low income individuals and families attain self-sufficiency.
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Affordable Housing Development
Through the Area IV Development Corporation, community economic development and affordable housing projects are provided that benefit low to moderate income persons, older adults (age 55 +), physically and mentally disabled persons, homeless persons and special needs populations who reside in mid-northwestern Indiana. We are committed to seek out and provide housing that improves the local economy and overall quality of life for our target populations.
All Community Transportation programs are open to public based on available seating, and are wheelchair accessible. They are all-volunteer public transportation programs and can be used for all kind of personal business as often as needed. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are even some prescheduled trips!
This is a donation-based program. Your generous donation will go towards the gas costs plus help pay for a new vehicle when it is time to replace the existing one.
Click the link below to find out which programs operate in your area
See the Community Transportation FAQ
Congregate Meal Site Listing
Area IV provides nutrition services to many counties. This table shows each county's contact centers and hours of operation. Click below to find out which centers are closest to you.
See the full list or download the PDF.
Energy Assistance Program
The Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to low-income households to maintain utility services during the winter heating season. The assistance is available to households one time during the heating season.
Head Start Preschool
Make your child's transition into conventional schooling as gentle and natural as possible by getting him or her started in Head Start Preschool.
Head Start Private Pay Option
All children have the opportunity to participate in the Head Start program, even those whose parents do not meet the Head Start income guidelines.
Home Delivered Meals
As you age, your dietary needs change. So does your mobility. If you have trouble getting the nutrition you require, Area IV, with the help of a registered dietitian, can meet your changing health needs and bring meals to your door if neccessary.
Individual Development Accounts
The Indiana Individual Development Account Program was created in an effort to assist in the fight against poverty and build more assets for Hoosiers around the state.
Organizational Payee Program
Population served: Individuals who are determined by a physician to be incapable of managing their own monetary affairs and who do not have friends, relatives or others who can help them with managing their finances. They receive federal benefits (Social Security, SSI, SSDI) and have been determined by the appropriate federal office to need a representative to pay expenses associated with their basic needs. They will be low-income people most vulnerable to financial exploitation or neglect; they may be isolated, and have mental or physical disabilities.
Senior Bus Trips
Thanks to a partnership with Hippensteel Funeral Service & Crematory and Mulberry Health and Retirement Community and The Cottages of Mulberry, the Agency is able to offer five affordable bus trips annually to visit various destinations that are within a day’s drive.
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The 27th Annual SENIOR GAMES will be held June 10-14, 2013 for seniors age 55+ living in Area IV-served counties. The deadline to register is June 3rd. See Activities/Wellness on this website for the registration form -- due by June 3rd.
Wacky Wednesdays at the Movies for Seniors will show "The Vow" on June 12. Breakfast snack at 9 a.m. and movie starts at 9:30 a.m. Bring a friend and enjoy the Fellowship & Fun!
Area IV offers five affordable bus trips annually to visit various destinations that are within a day’s drive? Travel to fun places such as Conner Prairie, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Boggstown Inn Cabaret, or Brown County/Nashville, IN.