The Trustee's Office is responsible for assisting eligible residents who find themselves in emergency circumstances and are unable to meet their basic needs. An "emergency" is defined in guideline 1.20.02 as unpredictable circumstance or a series of circumstances that: {1} place the health and safety of a household or a member of a household in jeopardy; and {2} cannot be remedied in a timely manner by any other means than township assistance. (IC 12-7-2-76.5). The funds utilized by this office are garnered through property taxes from residents of this township.  

To receive Township Assistance, a resident must follow the application process as stipulated by state law. This process is detailed on this website. Eligibility is determined by following a set of guidelines created for St. Joseph Township from Indiana State Code. The guidelines are available on this website. A client who is denied assistance is given a list of referrals and has the right to appeal the decision through commissioner's court. Every applicant is guaranteed fair and courteous treatment by township staff.  

Assistance is provided in the form of a purchase order (or bus pass) to client or in their behalf. There is no cash or check payment made directly to client. Payment is made to the vendor for the benefit of the client after vendor signs a contract with the township.  

The Trustee and staff of St. Joseph Township take great pride in helping our residents experiencing crisis, while remaining vigilant in the responsible use of taxpayer dollars.