Support Services in Bloomington, IN
First and foremost, students should choose support services that best fit their needs. These needs may need to be fulfilled outside the university. Bloomington, IN has many support organizations for people who experience homelessness and housing insecurity. These are a selection of programs in the area. For more information, check the comprehensive lists at the bottom of the page. The Comfort Cabinet team will work to update this page to include a more expansive selection of programs.
Having an emergency?
Students can contact IU's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 24/7 to speak to a crisis counselor at (812) 855-5711 or call 911 for Emergency Services
You may also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-274-8255.
Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND)
Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) is a department of the Bloomington Indiana city government. HAND is designed to enhances the quality of life for Bloomington residents by developing programs, services, and partnerships to preserve community character, promote affordable housing and encourage neighborhood vitality. HAND also acts as municipal code enforcement for rental properties in the city of Bloomington by ensuring rented spaces pass health and sanitation codes in addition to providing inspections of rental housing. If an off-campus student is having difficulty with their landlord or rental property, HAND would be an organization to consult to resolve the issue
South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP)
South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP is a non profit organization working to provide opportunities for low-income individuals and families to achieve personal and economic independence. Serving Monroe, Morgan, Owen, and Brown Counties, SCCAP had worked to reduce the impact of poverty in the service area.
A quote from the SCAAP Purpose Statement (2022):
SCCAP Servicesand Programs include:
For more information about these services, check out their website below.
SCCAP Main Office (Monroe County) Contact Information:
Community Kitchen of Monroe County
Community Kitchen provides free nutritious meals, nutrition education, referrals to other agencies, and a clean, comfortable social environment for patrons, staff and volunteers. In addition to meal service, Community Kitchen participates in outreach to educate the community on the extend of hunger and food insecurity in Monroe County.
*Services offered by Community Kitchen of Monroe County are available to everyone. There are no eligibility requirements. *
Contact Community Kitchen:
Monroe County Public Library
Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) provides another alternative for a quiet place to study for students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. The Downtown Branch of MCPL also provides the space for weekly medical screenings with an established medical organization. No questions asked, patrons are able to meet with a trained professional to get consultation on medication questions and conditions.
Contact Information (Downtown Location):