Indiana will use $25 million in federal relief funding to help Hoosiers
struggling to pay rent due to the impact of coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Eric
Holcomb announced Wednesday.
COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will provide up to $500 in assistance for
four months for a maximum of $2,000 in aid to eligible renters to help cover
past and ongoing rent payments or late fees, a news release said. Rental
assistance will be available to residents in all Indiana counties except
Marion, which operates its own rental aid program.
“This has been a
very challenging time for Hoosiers, and the economic impacts of COVID-19 has
left some renters in a tough spot,” Holcomb said in the release. “The
Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will support our renters, improve
our state’s housing stability and help prevent evictions as the state gets
back on track.”
must meet the following criteria: losing their job or some income due to
COVID-19; current household income, including unemployment assistance, is
less than the household income on March 6; and have not received rental
assistance from another source.
12,000 Indiana households could be helped, the release said. Payments will
be made directly to the landlord, and the landlord must agree to
be accepted online beginning Monday, July 13 at
Holcomb also said
Wednesday he will extend through July an executive order to protect renters
from being evicted due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. Holcomb signed an
executive order April 1 to protect renters through June 30.