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Indiana announces rental assistance program up to $500 per month

A landlord has to agree to the program and the money will go directly to them.
Credit: WCNC

INDIANAPOLIS — The state has announced a rental assistance program that could provide up to $500 per month for up to four months per household.

It will require the landlord's agreement to participate.

The money comes from the CARES Act and will cover 91 counties and about 12,000 households. 

NOTE: Marion County received its own funds and is administering its own program. 

Eligibility for assistance:

  • Loss of income due to a layoff, reduced hours or reduced pay connected to the pandemic.
  • Current household income, including unemployment, must be less than household income on March 6, 2020.
  • Household must not have already received emergency rental assistance as part of COVID-19 response.
  • Must not receive rental assistance, such as through Section 8 vouchers or USDA assistance

Landlords agreeing to take part in the program will need to agree to not evict for nonpayment until the renter is more than 45 days delinquent on rent.

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The assistance includes a maximum of $2,000 that will be paid directly to the landlord. Any combination of past-due rent from April 1 or later or ongoing payments will be covered at up to $500 per month.

Applications will open on July 13 and you can get more information and apply here.

The governor has agreed to update his executive order preventing evictions until the end of July.