Portage Township sets new income level for assistance in South Bend

SOUTH BEND — The Portage Township Advisory Board recently adjusted its income requirement for those seeking financial assistance in 2023 to 133% of the federal poverty level. That’s an annual income of $18,000 for one person or nearly $37,000 for a family of four.

Portage Township Trustee Jason Critchlow, who took office Jan. 1, said this is a drop from last year’s threshold of 150% of the federal poverty level, but it avoids the original plan to lower it to 100% of that level.

He explained that the previous trustee, Sean Coleman, had raised it to 150% to use some unused reserves. To cope, Critchlow said, the plan was to lower it 100%. But Critchlow said he and the advisory board now feel the township can afford to help people whose incomes are at 133% of the federal poverty level.

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