Are you or someone you know having trouble paying for rent, mortgage, or energy bills in Indiana? Learn more about programs that are available to to help Hoosiers struggling through tough times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of the Indiana Housing & Community Development Agency gave Hoosiers a quick overview and update on the Rental Assistance Programs. These programs may be helpful for many struggling families.
The federal CARES Act made 25 million dollars available to assist Hoosiers to meet their housing payment obligations. Renters may be eligible if they have lost income because of the pandemic. Applicants may not receive income from another source during the month when participating in the state’s program.
Renters may be eligible if they are having trouble paying rent and face eviction. Payments are sent to landlords on the renter’s behalf.
Information for renters and landlords outside of Marion county may be found at www.indianahousingnow.org
Information for Marion County residents may be found at www.indyrent.org
Participating landlords will begin to receive payment as early as next week. Application may be found www.indianahousingnow.org
Indiana’s Foreclosure Prevention Network helps Indiana homeowners who have fallen behind on payments or cannot make future payments.
Contact www.877gethope.org or call toll-free 1-877-285-0401. There is a FAQ at the website as well as a way to begin application process.
There is also an energy assistance program is available for renters and homeowners. It’s a federal program that helps Hoosiers with home energy costs. Deadline to apply is Friday, July 31st. Information is available at eap.ihcda.in.gov or by calling 2-1-1 (ask for your local Energy Assistance Program service provider)
If you are a renter and are falling behind, the first thing to do is reach out to your landlord to work out a payment plan. Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage are also advised to reach out to their lender to discuss options to bring their obligations current.
Hang in there Indiana, we’ll get through this, and Stay Safe!