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Indiana adds $15M to its rental assistance program

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Posted at 6:34 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 18:34:42-04

INDIANAPOLIS – The state of Indiana has added an additional $15 million to its rental assistance program.

The program covers 91 of the state’s 92 counties. Marion County has its own program, also paid for by the federal CARES Act funding. It provides up to $500 in rental assistance for four months, with a maximum of $2,000 to help cover past and ongoing rent payments or late fees.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday that the state has increased its funding into the program from $25 million to $40 million.

More than 24,000 Hoosiers have applied for the program, which began last month. Residents in Lake County led the state with 4,427 applications.

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

The household’s landlord must agree to the assistance, meaning an otherwise eligible person could be out of luck if their landlord declines. The payments will be made directly to the landlords.

To apply, visit Indianahousingnow.org.