The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) is halting acceptance of new applications for Indiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program effective Friday, July 29 at 5 p.m. ET.
To date, IHCDA has disbursed and committed $365 million to more than 29,000 Hoosier households. Under Treasury guidelines, Emergency Rent Assistance (ERA) programs can pay three months of future-oriented rent in one go. When a household is deemed eligible for assistance, IHCDA pays eligible arrears and late fees, plus three months of rent and utilities, and reserves the remaining months of assistance for that household. If they have an ongoing need for assistance, eligible households can recertify and receive an additional three months of advance rent, up to a total of 18 months.
IHCDA will continue to issue payments to households already approved for an Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance Benefit up to the maximum allowable benefit of 18 months. IHCDA will also continue to process applications currently in the queue and reserve available funds until funds are fully committed. The IHCDA estimates that it has approximately $80 million of uncommitted funding remaining. Applications currently in the queue and those that IHCDA expects to receive by the deadline will likely fully commit the remaining funds. To ensure that funding is available to assist households with pending applications, IHCDA will close the application portal and focus on processing and distributing benefits to households that have applied.
To continue to provide housing stability to the Hoosiers, IHCDA has partnered with the Indiana Bar Foundation, Inc. and the Indiana Community Action Association, Inc. to provide legal services, housing counseling and case management services to Hoosiers facing housing instability.