INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority is suspending new applications for Indiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This is because the agency believes that all federal emergency rent assistance funds will soon be exhausted.
They are still processing requests that were sent before the break. So far, $365 million has been committed to more than 29,000 households.
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority released the following:
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) announced this week that the agency will suspend accepting new applications for the Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance (IERA) program beginning Friday, July 29, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET.
With estimates that nearly all of the federal emergency rental assistance allocated by the United States Department of Treasury to the State of Indiana has been requested, it is expected that IERA funds will soon be available. fully engaged.
The IHCDA has published the following:
To date, IHCDA has disbursed and committed $365 million to more than 29,000 Hoosier households. In accordance with Treasury directives, Emergency Rent Assistance Programs (ERA) can pay three months rent at a time. When a household is deemed eligible for assistance, IHCDA pays eligible arrears and late fees, plus three months of rent and utilities, and reserves the remaining months of assistance for that household. If they have an ongoing need for assistance, eligible households can recertify and receive an additional three months of advance rent, up to a total of 18 months.
“Through the emergency Rent assistance program, we have been able to provide housing stability to more than 29,000 Indiana households,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of IHCDA. “We appreciate the federal dollars that have kept thousands of Hoosiers at home during the pandemic. IHCDA remains committed to providing housing stability for Hoosiers as we recover from the pandemic.
IHCDA will continue to issue payments to households already approved for an IERA benefit up to the maximum allowable benefit of 18 months. IHCDA will also continue to process applications currently in the queue and reserve available funds until funds are fully committed. The IHCDA estimates that it has approximately $80 million of uncommitted funding remaining. Applications currently in the queue and those that IHCDA expects to receive by the deadline will likely fully commit the remaining funds. To ensure that funding is available to assist households with pending applications, IHCDA will close the IERA application portal and focus on processing and distributing benefits to households that have applied. Once the portal is closed, Hoosiers can sign up to receive updates through indianahousingnow.org if the Indiana Emergency Rent The support portal reopens.
To continue to provide housing stability to Hoosiers, IHCDA has partnered with the Indiana Bar Foundation, Inc. (IBF) and the Indiana Community Action Association, Inc. (IN-CAA) to provide services legal, housing counseling and case management services to Hoosiers facing housing instability. These services will remain available to Hoosiers after the IERA Application Portal closes.
IBF received $13.1 million to provide legal services to Hoosier tenants. The IBF Legal Aid Network will help Hoosier tenants facing eviction with legal services including education, legal representation and landlord-tenant mediation. The IBF Legal Network will also use a recently enacted Indiana law to help eligible households seal past evictions. Additionally, IBF plans to set up “legal kiosks” in community spaces across Indiana. Legal kiosks will provide computers with specialized software and printers to allow clients to log on with legal navigators, fill out forms and receive virtual legal advice. Hoosiers in need of legal help can go to indianalegalhelp.org.
IN-CAA received $15 million to provide housing counseling and case management services to low-income Hoosiers. This includes housing navigation services to help people who have already been evicted, are in the process of being evicted or are experiencing homelessness find new rent housing options and financial education. Those who need housing advice can call 2-1-1 to get the name of a provider in their area.