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Indianapolis families facing possible evictions from affordable housing program

Posted at 8:45 AM, May 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 10:29:08-04

INDIANAPOLIS — There are new rules that could leave some families in Indianapolis without a place to live.

Hundreds of families are facing possible eviction from the affordable housing program run by the Indianapolis Housing Agency.

IHA is sending out letters to 370 tenants. In order to get taxpayer-supported rent assistance, recipients must provide the agency with their utility bills for a year.

Failing to do so would force families to have to pay full rent, which if people could pay full rent, they wouldn't be in the affordable housing program.

"My concern is that residents face undue stress because they will get a bill showing full rent is due when all we are seeking for them is 12 months of their utility bills... and in most cases what we're seeing from the people that have given us these utility bills is that their allowance is going to increase — I can't guarantee it — but that's been the trend," John Hall, IHA's executive director, said.

People receiving the letters have until July 1 to avoid being charged full rent or face eviction.