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Tenant advocates say eviction courts have been “insane” as both old and new filings begin to move through Indiana courts. 

An estimated 64,000 eviction cases have been filed in the state since the start of the pandemic, with roughly 6,000 filed just since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium was struck down in August. 

Brandon Beeler is a tenant advocate with Indiana Legal Services. He said dockets in Marion County, where he works, have been packed.

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Starting next month, Elkhart County residents who need rental assistance will have to apply through the state, rather than the county. 


The county has managed its own program since March, but county commissioners announced Monday they would be closing out the local rental assistance program. 


Board of Commissioners President Suzie Weirick said that doesn’t mean rental assistance won’t be available.

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An estimated 93,000 Hoosier households are behind on their rent, yet less than 20 percent of them have received emergency rental assistance through state and local programs.

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After the U.S. Supreme Court recently blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's eviction moratorium, there’s a brighter spotlight than ever on evictions, which are increasing in number even as they continued throughout most of the pandemic.


The Supreme Court struck down the CDC’s nationwide eviction moratorium last week, but emergency rental assistance is still available

St. Joseph County ERA Administrator Corey Szczypka said Tuesday the county is currently processing 343 rental assistance applications and has another 630 waiting in the online portal


Extended Eviction Moratorium

Aug 16, 2021
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The eviction moratorium has been extended for counties with high infection rates of COVID-19. For Indiana, this means all 92 counties in the state.

Today we talk about what this means for Hoosiers, and learn more about a statewide renters assistance program.

Produced by Micah Yason.


Rayanna Binder
Emergency Rental Assistance Program Director, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

Amy Nelson
Executive Director, Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana

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If you’ve struggled to pay rent in St. Joseph County during the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available through the county’s emergency rental assistance program.

County Commissioner Andy Kostielney said the program has been “open and active for a couple of months,” but the county is now able to take on more applications through its online portal. 


He said the county has already paid over $1 million in assistance since the program opened.


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The Indiana Department of Health reported 136 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,446 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 5,000 new cases in the last week.

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At the Indiana COVID-19 briefing Wednesday afternoon, state officials announced a new rental assistance program for renters who have suffered financially from the COVID-19 pandemic.


There are a couple of exceptions for local renters, though. Both Elkhart and St. Joseph counties have their own rental assistance programs, meaning renters have to apply through their local government instead of the state program.

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Elkhart County renters who have suffered financially from the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible for emergency assistance through the county's new emergency rental assistance program


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Hoosiers facing eviction and in need of help paying their rent can once again get assistance from the state.

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Hoosiers in need of help with their rent can now apply for assistance from a federally-funded state program.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 17 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,394. The state announced more than 43,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 444,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Indiana housing advocates say the state’s new Rental Assistance Program sets up the “pipeline” to help Hoosiers in need – but that it still needs to be filled with resources.

The state says its effort will help 12,000 households pay rent.

The Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition estimates the new program would still leave around 200,000 households without help.

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Thousands of Hoosier renters facing eviction in the coming weeks might get a little help from the state.