Learn where to meet your basic needs both on and off campus.

If you cannot find the resources you need here, you may also reach out to the Office of Student Advocacy and Support at for additional help.

If you live outside of Marion County, please visit Connect to Help 211 for additional assistance.

You may also find additional housing options through the IU Classifieds, under roomates and sublets here: IU Classifieds

OSAS/Chartwells Food Scholarship

The food scholarship is available for those with a high level of food insecurity, who are already utilizing Paws’ Pantry or other community food resources, and are still having trouble accessing enough food. Your application will be reviewed within 24 business hours, or less, of submission. You will be contacted to confirm approval or denial of the request; if approved, you will need to visit CE 270 to pick up the scholarship vouchers. Please click on the button below to access the food scholarship application. 

 OSAS/Chartwells Food Scholarship Application

Hunger is hard, now, finding food is easy.

One of the problems facing people who are food insecure is knowing where to turn for assistance. Finding nutritious, readily available food shouldn’t be hard. That’s why we created Community Compass™– a free, quick and easy app designed to show people where they can find food assistance in Marion County.  Please click on link for more information on the Community Compass:

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Paws' Pantry

 Location: Campus Center 130
Tuesdays & Wednesdays (students only) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursdays (students, staff, and faculty) 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Cathedral Kitchen
Location: 1350 N. Pennsylvania St., Lower Level
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:30 a.m. (food pantry)
Monday – Friday, Breakfast 8:45 am – 10 am
Mondays, Dinner 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Catholic Charities
Location: 1435 N. Illinois St., Xavier Building
Hours: Mondays, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-6 p.m. for food only

Central Christian Church
Location: 701 N. Delaware St.
Food Pantry: Last Saturday of the month 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Free Clothing Shop: Monday from 10 a.m.-noon

Christ Church Cathedral
Location: 125 Monument Circle
Hours: Sundays, 7 am – 8 am

Cleo's Bodega
Location: 2432 Doctor M.L.K. Jr St, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Mon-Fri 10am to 9pm
Sat-Sun 10am to 6pm

Daltons Food Pantry
Location: 3326 W. 10th St.
Hours: Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Ebenezer Baptist Church
Location: 1866 North Dexter St.
Hours: Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon

Edna Martin Christian Center
Location: 2605 E. 25th St.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Emmaus Lutheran Church
Location: 1209 Linden St.
Mondays: 3-5 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 1-3 p.m.

Indy Food
A comprehensive list of free meals available throughout the city

Metro Baptist Center
Location: 952 N. Pennsylvania St.
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church
Location: 1003 W. 16th St.
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11 am- 1 pm

Roberts Park United Methodist Church
Location: 401 N. Delaware St.
Hours: Sundays, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Scott United Methodist Church
Location: 2153 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue
Hours: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6 pm – 8 pm

Saint John's Missionary Baptist Church
Location: 1701 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 am – 2 pm; Saturdays 9 am – 11 am

Sunrise Missionary Baptist Church
Location: 1831 Bellefontaine St.
Hours: Sunday 7 am - 7:30 am, Wednesday 5 pm - 5:30 pm

Westminster Neighborhood Ministry
Location: 445 N. State Ave.
 Mondays, 3-6 p.m.
Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children eat well and stay healthy.
WIC provides:

  • Healthy foods designed to meet special nutrition needs
  • Nutrition and health screening and assessment
  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Referrals to other Indiana health, family, and social services



Child Care Answers
Location: 1776 N. Meridian St.
Contact: (800) 299-1627

Children’s Bureau – Gene Glick Family Support Center
Location: 1575 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street
• (317) 634-5050 Family Support Center
• (317) 545-5281 ext. 196 CCDF Hotline


Paws' Closet
Location: Cavanaugh Hall Room 117
Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Barnes United Methodist Church Clothing
Location: 900 W. 30th St.
Hours: Wednesdays 5-7 p.m.

Central Christian Church Clothing
Location: 701 N Delaware St.
Hours: Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon

Metro Baptist Center Clothing
Location: 952 N. Pennsylvania St.
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Center Township Trustee, Marion County
Location: 863 Massachusetts Avenue
Contact: (317) 633-3610 

Saint Vincent DePaul Society Indianapolis Distribution Center
Location: 1201 East Maryland Street 
• English (317) 687-0169 
• Spanish (317) 687-0167

Calvary Baptist Church
Location: 3255 North German Church Road
Contact: (317) 894-4260

Students on campus walking across Michigan Street.


Homeless Resources 
Hand of Hope site, offers connections to various homeless resources

Horizon House
Location: 1033 E. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46202
Contact: (317)423-8909

Indianapolis Housing Agency
Contact: (317) 261-7266

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)
Contact: (877) 428-8844 Toll-Free

Dayspring Center
Location: 1537 North Central Avenue
Contact: (317) 635-6780

Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center
Location: 540 North Alabama Street
Contact: (317) 637-5551

Wheeler Mission Ministries
Location: 520 East Market Street
Contact: (317) 687-679

Catholic Charities Indianapolis Holy Family Shelter
Location: 907 North Holmes Avenue
Contact: (317) 635-7830

Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis
Location: 1850 North Arsenal Avenue
Contact: (317) 261-1562

Good News Ministries
Location: 2716 East Washington Street
Contact: (317) 638-2862

Outreach Indiana 
Location: 2416 E New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201
Contact: 317-951-8886

Queen of Peace Shelter
Location: 2424 East 10th Street
Contact: (317) 916-6753


Household Goods and Appliances

St. Vincent DePaul Indianapolis Society
Location: 1201 E. Maryland Street
• English: (317) 687-0169
• Spanish (317) 687-0167

Utilities Assistance

Indianapolis Energy Assistance Program
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Life Line Reduced Cell Phone Service

Rental Assistance

The State’s Rental Assistance Portal is currently accepting applications for the Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act (ESG-CV) rental assistance program. This program can provide up to 6 months in rental assistance to help cover past due and ongoing monthly rent payments for qualifying Indiana renters living outside of Marion County (Indianapolis).

Visit for applications in English and Spanish. There are applications for renters, for landlords and the general public. For assistance in submitting an application by phone, call 1-833-201-0974. For all other inquiries, call 1-844-463-7368. The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern time.

If you live inside Marion County (Indianapolis), contact or call 317-912-1260 for assistance.

Textbook Assistance

Paws' Bookshelf

Paws' services will be offering textbooks for intro level math and physics courses for the 2019-20 school year. If you would like to utilize this service, please reach out to your professor or advisor, or visit The Office of Student Advocacy and Support in CE 270. 


University Library –Course Reserves Information

The Course Reserves service at University Library makes hard-copy media, such as books and DVDs, available to students for short-term checkout from the Service & Information desk. There are materials on reserve for nearly 50 different subjects.

Students can search for course reserves materials by visiting IUCAT and selecting the ‘Reserves’ option under the search bar. Students may also visit or contact the Service & Information desk for assistance.

Service & Information desk
University Library, 2nd floor
317-274-0472 /
Sunday                               10 a.m. - midnight
Monday -Thursday         7:30 a.m. - midnight 
Friday                                  7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday                            8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Additional Information:

The Service & Information desk also has non-book items available for checkout (loan period may vary):

  • Phone/Device chargers
  • Calculators
  • DVD players
  • Microphones
  • Lockers
  • Dry erase markers



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