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Eviction moratorium extended through August 14

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The Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition is thanking Gov. Eric Holcomb for extending Indiana’s eviction moratorium through Friday, Aug. 14, and for his willingness to continue extending the pause and adding resources to the Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program as demand necessitates.

“The Coalition encourages Hoosiers in need to apply for assistance while resources are available and urges Indiana’s policymakers to make necessary progress towards housing stability before lifting the moratorium,” according to a statement released on Friday.

Holcomb officially extended the moratorium on residential evictions and foreclosures, which had previously been set to expire on Friday, July 31, through Executive Order 20-39, to align the expiration date with the existing moratorium on utility shutoffs. Under the renewed executive order, landlords, tenants, lending institutions, and property owners are “strongly encouraged to work together to establish reasonable payment plans for past-due rent or mortgage payments.”

During his press briefing last week announcing the extension, Holcomb stated his willingness to add funding to Indiana’s $25-million rent assistance program and that it is too early to say whether the moratorium will be extended again.

Non-Marion County renters who have lost income due to the pandemic should apply at IndianaHousingNow.org

While that program has reached its initial estimated capacity, it’s important for renters in need to apply to be added to the waiting list and to demonstrate the demand for additional funds for these programs to policymakers, the statement said. In addition, service providers, congregations, and other community-based organizations should make sure their members and clients are aware of this assistance.

“Before Gov. Holcomb considers lifting the eviction moratorium, the Coalition urges him to ensure that the state has met four measures on our Housing Stability Yardstick,” the statement said:

-- Coordinate rent assistance programs to align all available funding streams. This includes stacking state and local funds and incentivizing philanthropic and private participation.

-- Ensure equitable access to rental assistance program resources. Target outreach to highest cost-burden areas and racial communities most impacted by public health, income and job loss, and housing instability.

-- Appoint an Indiana Housing Security Task Force to advise on funding, outreach, and outcomes with expertise of landlords, impacted renters, and public health and housing experts.

-- Congress should provide adequate support for #RentReliefNow, with Indiana’s congressional delegation as champions.

“Meeting these measures will help ensure that 258,782 Hoosier renter households affected by the pandemic have the help they need to avoid eviction and potential homelessness,” the statement said. “However, lifting the moratorium before meeting these measures would put Indiana at risk of regressing in its COVID-19 Back on Track Plan.”

 

Posted 8/3/2020

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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