INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Gov. Eric Holcomb says Indiana will use $25 million in federal CARES Act funding to help Hoosiers who are struggling to pay their rent due to the impact of COVID-19.
The Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will provide up to $500 in assistance for four months, totaling a maximum of $2,000 to eligible renters to help cover past and ongoing rent payments or late fees.
The program is available to all renters in Indiana except those who live in Marion County which has its own CARES Act-funded program to help renters.
“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. “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.”
To be eligible, renters must meet the following criteria:
- Lost their job or part of their income due to COVID-19
- Current household income, including unemployment, is less than the household income on March 6
- Have not received rental assistance from another source
Payments will be made directly to landlords and the landlord must agree to participate.
Applications will be accepted online beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 13, at www.indianahousingnow.org
In the meantime, the governor’s office says renters should speak with their property manager if they are unable to make their payments.
At Wednesday’s press conference, Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box reported on the state’s coronavirus numbers.
As of June 23, Indiana reported 281 new positive cases and 9 deaths.
The total number of people infected with coronavirus in Indiana stands at 43,140.
The death total is 2,386.