A safe and decent home allows parents to maintain jobs, children to stay in the same schools, and the local economy to be supported. Having a home also underscores the inherent dignity of the persons who live there.

Our Community Outreach program provides financial assistance and support services to help resolve issues that may lead to financial instability and homelessness. We help our neighbors in need with past due rent/mortgage, gas, electric, sewer, and water bills. With the average rent or mortgage at around $750 per month and the average utility costs at $250 per month, the need for our assistance is significant. Services also include assistance with fuel, car repairs, uniforms, school supplies, funeral costs, medications, small medical equipment, various holiday gifts, and other assistance that helps pave a road toward empowerment, enabling those we serve to thrive!

By providing financial assistance through our Community Outreach program, Catholic Charities is creating hope and a brighter future for individuals and families at risk of eviction, or their gas or light disconnection.

The best way to reach us is via email: outreach@catholic-charities.org.

Catholic Charities Partnership with Lake County, Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The economic crises caused by COVID-19 has created a need for rental and utility assistance throughout Lake County. Catholic Charities partnership with the Lake County Emergency Assistance (LCERA) program helps renters whose income has been impacted by the pandemic.


The LCERA may provide up to twelve (12) months of rental, utility, home energy, and internet assistance to renters affected by COVID-19.


To be eligible for assistance, you must meet all of the following:

  1. Your primary residence is within Lake County, Indiana.
  2. You must be renting your residence and have a valid signed rental or lease agreement.
  3. At least one (1) or more individuals residing in the household meets the following criteria:
    1. Qualifies for unemployment OR has experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
    2. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; AND
    3. Has a household income at or below eighty percent (80%) of Lake County’s median income.
  4. Have not received rental or utility assistance that duplicates the assistance sought from the LCERA.

Please list Catholic Charities as the agency when applying so the application is routed to us for processing.

For additional information, please click on the link below.


A Father's Story

My name is LaShawn Jones-Taylor and I am the Community Outreach Program Manager a Catholic Charities. I have been on staff at this social service organization for 9 years and throughout the entire time have worked with our Community Outreach program.

Our Community Outreach program’s mission is to be the safeguard against possible hardship and adversity for individuals and families. The Community Outreach program provides a helping hand to families within the four counties that we serve. In the 9 years I have been here we have assisted many households including single fathers that have fallen into hard times and just need some assistance to ensure safe and secure housing for their families.

We could not do this without the generosity of donors. The gifts we receive from our donors is vital to success of the Community Outreach program and Catholic Charities as a whole. Especially during this unprecedented time of COVID-19 all donations are greatly appreciated and needed.

Thank you for your partnership with us!

Community Outreach Testimony