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Indianapolis launches rental assistance program for those affected by coronavirus outbreak

Hoosiers in Marion County may be eligible to receive help with paying rent if they lost working hours due to COVID-19.
Week after week, Amanda Shead logs into a state website to file her unemployment vouchers, but she has not yet received any unemployment benefits. (Submitted photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced a plan to provide rental assistance to residents of Marion County who have taken a financial hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to money from the CARES Act and a $10 million commitment from the Lilly Endowment, the city will provide up to 3 months of rental assistance to people whose jobs were affected by the coronavirus.

Marion County residents can begin applying on Monday July 13 indyrent.org. There are qualifications that residents must meet in order to take advantage of the program:

  • Must be renting and not paying a mortgage
  • Must live in Marion County
  • Must have reduced income due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Cannot be receiving other rental assistance like a housing voucher

There are resources for people who pay a mortgage, live outside Marion County or receive other rental assistance. Click here for more information on those resources.

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