Indiana offers $15 million in rental assistance to Hoosiers facing eviction
After not accepting applications for months, the state of Indiana is again offering help to Hoosiers who are facing the threat of eviction. Operated by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana’s rental assistance portal is now taking applications for emergency rental aid for those facing financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It's great news. It's something we've been hoping would happen ever since we got word the portal would be closing the first time back in August,” said Andrew Bradley, policy director at Prosperity Indiana.
He said the current crisis involving families who cannot afford their rent is one of the most significant issues now facing the state.
“This is an issue we expect to persist not just for the next couple of weeks or months, but well into next year,” said Bradley, adding that more than a quarter million Hoosier families are now at risk of eviction.
Social service agencies are having trouble keeping up.
“We've seen over the past few weeks, each week the average number of eviction intakes almost triples,” explained Brandon Beeler, director of the Housing Law Center at Indiana Legal Services. “Eviction cases have dramatically increased throughout the state.”