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The state of Indiana is preparing to launch a new rental and utility assistance program after receiving an additional $372 million in federal funding for that purpose.
If it becomes law, Senate Enrolled Act 148 would prevent all local governments from regulating any aspect of landlord-tenant relationships and would block tenant protections that the city of Indianapolis had put in place last spring.
Senate Enrolled Act 148 would have prevented all local governments from regulating any aspect of landlord-tenant relationships and would have blocked tenant protections that the city of Indianapolis had put in place last spring.
The program, which opened in July to help tenants avoid eviction during the pandemic, has provided more than $26 million in federal money to more than 12,000 households.
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The $40 million program provides up to $500 a week for up to four weeks to renters whose income is lower than it was on March 6 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Census Bureau, about a third of renters said in July that they had no confidence or slight confidence in their ability to pay for housing in August.
The number of applications is more than triple what the state expected last month when it rolled out the program, which provides up to $500 in assistance a week for up to four weeks.
Residents whose income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive up to three months of assistance, which will be paid directly to their landlord.
The $25 million program, funded through federal aid the state received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, will provide assistance of $500 per month for up to four months. The state expects the program to help about 12,000 households.
The Indianapolis City-County Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday night to consider the proposal.
Advocates agree that the federal and state moratoriums are helpful, but say renters will need more help long term. Even one missed rent payment can put low-income residents so far behind they can’t recover.
The provision emerged at the Statehouse last month as a last-minute attempt to block the Indianapolis City-County Council from implementing two ordinances designed to protect tenants from predatory landlords.
Under Hogsett’s proposed initiative, $250,000 of new funding would be allocated toward increasing resources for tenants. The city will work in partnership with Indiana Legal Services to provide free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income residents.
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