Assets for Independence (AFI), a Federal program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enables nonprofits and government agencies to implement and demonstrate an assets-based approach that improves the economic status of working individuals and families.

Services Available

AFI projects help participants save earned income in special, matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). Every dollar in savings deposited into an IDA by participants is matched (from $1 to $8) by the AFI project. AFI project participant/families can use their IDA savings, including the matching funds, to achieve any of three objectives, one of which is paying some of the costs associated with higher education.

The following financial education services are examples of services provided by AFI-funded community organizations:

  • Budgeting;
  • Goal Setting;
  • Managing and Paying Down Debt;
  • Understanding Your Credit Score;
  • Consumer Protection; and
  • Banking and other Financial Services.

How to Receive Services/Assistance

To locate an AFI IDA program near you, please go to AFI Project Locator.

The AFI program does not award IDAs/matched savings directly to individuals.

Indiana Housing Community Development Agency

Public Notice 18-21: Housing Choice Voucher Opens Mainstream Program Waiting List

On Monday, October 1, 2018, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) Housing Choice Voucher Department opened the waiting list for the Section 8 Mainstream Program for persons under the age of 62 with a disability.

Applications may be requested via e-mail at or by calling (317) 232-7788 and choosing option 9.

The voucher covers a portion of the rent and the tenant is expected to pay the balance. The tenants’ share is an affordable percentage of their income and is generally calculated to be between 30 to 40 percent of their monthly-adjusted gross income for rent and utilities. Most HCV program services are provided by Local Subcontracting Agencies throughout the state of Indiana.

To request a reasonable accommodation, translation, or interpreter services, contact (317) 232-7788 and choose option 5 or

Click here for more information about the Housing Choice Voucher Program.