General Financial Assistance

The St. Vincent de Paul Society provides rent & utility assistance through one-on-one appointments with a financial coordinator who is able to assess the needs of each person served as well as develop strategies to encourage self-sufficiency.

Please note: We cannot provide help with mortgages.

Remember to visit your local township trustee's office to request assistance. Click here for a list of township trustees.

Upcoming Sign-Up Dates:

  • Monday, December 5th

  • Tuesday, January 3rd

  • Monday, January 16th

The application opens at 10am. Documents are required at the time of application.

Applying for Assistance:

  • Limited slots for financial assistance will open online on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 10am (with exceptions for holidays).

  • Documents must be uploaded with your application. Scroll down for required documents. All documents are required, EVEN IF WE HAVE HELPED YOU BEFORE.

  • If you do not have your documents, or you only submit partial documents, your application will be denied and you will have to reapply.

  • You will receive a follow-up email stating whether your application was approved or denied.

  • If your application is approved, you will receive instructions on how to schedule your appointment.


Applications are received and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not submit more than one application.

Need Help?

If you do not have a computer, go to any branch of your South Bend Public Library to access one. If you have trouble uploading your documents, ask a librarian to make a tech appointment.

Required Documentation:

  1. Identity Documents:

    • Your Photo ID (Drivers License/State ID/Passport or SB City ID)

    • AND one of the following documents for EVERY person living in the home, including children: Birth Certificate, Photo ID or Social Security Card

  2. Proof of current address:

    • Current lease or a piece of mail with your address on it - utility bill, etc.

  3. Lease Agreement (we cannot assist with mortgages)

    • Signed, Current, ALL Pages

  4. Documentation of Income for ALL adults in the household. Examples of this documentation include:

    • Employment Income

      • Work Earnings - pay stubs/payroll printout, etc.

      • Unemployment Benefits - screenshot or scan of most recent payment

      • Workman's Compensation

      • Alimony/Spousal Support

      • Child Support

      • Business Earnings - tax return for a business you own

    • State/Government Benefits

      • Disability Income (SSI/SSDI) - printout

      • SSI benefits for any dependents or benefits received by a widow

      • TANF - statement

      • SNAP (food stamps) statement

      • Section 8 benefits - including utility check

      • VA disability compensation

      • Private insurance disability benefits statement

    • Social Security/Retirement

      • Statement of Monthly Benefit from Social Security

      • VA Pension

      • Private pension benefits

      • Earned Income Tax Credit

      • Investment Income

  5. For help with utilities - most current utility bill with supporting detail of charges for EVERY utility you seek help with.

  6. For help with rental assistance -  statement from the landlord of rent amount due with the landlord's name and mailing address. (You will need to ask your landlord for this - typically called a Rent Ledger or Rent Statement).

  7. Additional documentation, if it applies to you:

    • EAP (Energy assistance program) document from REAL Services

    • Documents from visits to any other agency that you have received financial assistance from for the same bills you scanned before.

one on one financial assistance

Budgeting assistance, job searches & resume creation services are also available by appointment.


These services are provided in part through CSBG funds provided by Real Services, Inc.

Clients are not charged fees for CSBG services.