A financial assistance program for Hoosiers who have fallen behind on rent because of COVID-19 is set to launch Monday.
The program’s online portal, through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, goes live at 9 a.m. at indianahousingnow.org.
The program is open to Hoosiers in every county except Marion, where a separate rental assistance program also opens Monday.
Last month, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that $25 million of the state’s federal Coronavirus Relief Funds would be used to establish a rental assistance program.
The program will provide households assistance of $500 per month for up to four months. The state expects the funds to cover about 12,000 households.
To be eligible for assistance, an individual must be able to show a loss of income from an involuntary job layoff, reduced work hours or reduced pay due to the pandemic. Applicants’ current household income, including unemployment benefits, must be less than their household income was on March 6.
A household also is ineligible for the program if it has already received emergency rental assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. Individuals won’t qualify if they are already receiving rental assistance through Section 8 vouchers or U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance.
A renter’s landlord must also agree to participate in the program. Payments will be made directly to the landlord, who must agree not to evict the tenant until he or she is at least 45 days delinquent.