Despite new moratorium, Central Indiana braces for eviction surge

Indiana is bracing for a swarm of evictions caused by Covid-19-related job losses and reduced paychecks, despite a CDC extension of a moratorium until the end of the year.

Experts estimate that 313,000 Hoosiers representing 42% of all renters could face eviction when the moratorium ends. In Indianapolis, that number could reach 34,000 renters, according to researchers at the Polis Center at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

 Even upscale Hamilton County isn't immune.

Officials said at least 10,000 of 27,000 rental households in the county are in jeopardy of evictions. Eviction filings were expected to surge following the lifting of the Indiana moratorium Aug. 14 but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium announced this week could delay those actions.

“I’m scared of what it is going to look like,” said Westfield Washington Trustee Danielle Carey Tolan, president of the Hamilton County Trustees Association. “And it will go on for a while.”

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