The Hoosier Housing
Needs Coalition is thanking Gov. Eric Holcomb for extending Indiana’s
eviction moratorium through Friday, Aug. 14, and for his willingness to
continue extending the pause and adding resources to the Indiana COVID-19
Rental Assistance Program as demand necessitates.
encourages Hoosiers in need to apply for assistance while resources are
available and urges Indiana’s policymakers to make necessary progress
towards housing stability before lifting the moratorium,” according to a
statement released on Friday.
extended the moratorium on residential evictions and foreclosures, which had
previously been set to expire on Friday, July 31, through Executive Order
20-39, to align the expiration date with the existing moratorium on utility
shutoffs. Under the renewed executive order, landlords, tenants, lending
institutions, and property owners are “strongly encouraged to work together
to establish reasonable payment plans for past-due rent or mortgage
During his press
briefing last week announcing the extension, Holcomb stated his willingness
to add funding to Indiana’s $25-million rent assistance program and that it
is too early to say whether the moratorium will be extended again.
renters who have lost income due to the pandemic should apply at
While that program
has reached its initial estimated capacity, it’s important for renters in
need to apply to be added to the waiting list and to demonstrate the demand
for additional funds for these programs to policymakers, the statement said.
In addition, service providers, congregations, and other community-based
organizations should make sure their members and clients are aware of this
Holcomb considers lifting the eviction moratorium, the Coalition urges him
to ensure that the state has met four measures on our Housing Stability
Yardstick,” the statement said:
-- Coordinate rent
assistance programs to align all available funding streams. This includes
stacking state and local funds and incentivizing philanthropic and private
-- Ensure equitable
access to rental assistance program resources. Target outreach to highest
cost-burden areas and racial communities most impacted by public health,
income and job loss, and housing instability.
-- Appoint an
Indiana Housing Security Task Force to advise on funding, outreach, and
outcomes with expertise of landlords, impacted renters, and public health
and housing experts.
-- Congress should
provide adequate support for #RentReliefNow, with Indiana’s congressional
delegation as champions.
measures will help ensure that 258,782 Hoosier renter households affected by
the pandemic have the help they need to avoid eviction and potential
homelessness,” the statement said. “However, lifting the moratorium before
meeting these measures would put Indiana at risk of regressing in its
COVID-19 Back on Track Plan.”