The township trustee is an elected official charged with providing temporary
emergency assistance to Van Buren Township residents who are experiencing an unforeseen hardship.
The trustee helps with basic necessities such as rent, utilities, food, and some medical care.
A township trustee, as administrator of township assistance, may
provide and shall extend township assistance only when the personal
effort of the applicant fails to provide one or more of the basic
necessities. IC 12-20-16-2. Click on the forms tab to download the full assistance guidelines and an
application for assistance.
In accordance with Indiana law, the trustee adheres to Township Assistance Guidelines in determining an
applicant’s eligibility. The Guidelines are posted in the trustee’s office.
The Guidelines are reviewed and updated annually to reflect any changes in applicable federal and state regulations.
Other duties include: fire protection, maintenance of
abandoned cemeteries, weed complaints, fence line disputes
and indigent burials.