Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program Now Available
Many families are still hit hard with slow business and some unable to return to work since the March quarantines. As Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s coronavirus evictions moratorium is set to expire July 31st along with federal unemployment benefits expiring a few days earlier. The state wants you to know they have federal money available to help for delinquent rent.
Also, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County will begin distributing $300,000 of rental assistance on July 27th. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority said they are distributing $25 million for rental assistance, and already began taking online applications on July 13th.
The money for these programs is paid directly to landlords and comes from the $2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program prohibits recipients from accepting help from other sources for the same month but there are no rules against stacking aid from multiple sources across consecutive months.
On June 24th, 2020, Governor Eric Holcomb announced the allocation of $25 million from Indiana’s CARES Act Discretionary funding to create the Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program.
This program is designed to help Indiana renters whose income has been adversely affected by COVID-19 avoid eviction by providing up to $2,000 in assistance to help cover monthly rent payments or late fees. The $25 million allocated by the state is estimated to serve 12,000 Hoosier renter households affected by the pandemic across 91 of the state’s 92 counties.
The application to apply will be available at www.indianahousingnow.org and began on July 13, 2020 at 9:00 am EST.