INDIANAPOLIS – City officials revealed more information about a rent assistance program meant to help people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The program provides up to three months of rent assistance. Mayor Joe Hogsett anticipated that 7,000 to 11,000 Marion County households would receive help from the program. He also said the money would likely go quickly.
To apply for the program, you must:
- Live in Marion County
- Be a renter
- Have had reduced income due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The process starts with an application. The first part is initiated by the tenant in need of help. That application should take about 10 minutes. It includes basic information including their name, address and income situation.
After they fill out the application, a code will be sent to the tenant that will go to a landlord. The landlord will then fill out the landlord portion of the application to confirm the existence of a lease and how much the tenant owes.
The city is asking landlords to waive fees and interest that may have accrued since the pandemic began. The city is also asking landlords not to evict the tenant for 45 days.
The city set aside $15 million of $80 million in CARES funding to fund the program. The Lilly Endowment provided an additional $5 million to aid the program as part of a $10 million commitment to support city programs, officials said. Other organizations have worked with the city to support it.
The Indianapolis Public Library is one of those organizations. The library will provide essential resources to residents who may not have access to the technology needed to apply.
“Our staff is ready, face masks required, of course,” said Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes. “They will be safe in those public spaces. All of our buildings are open and ready to help except for the Lawrence branch, which is undergoing renovations.”
Nytes said plenty of computers are available and staff members are available to help people fill out the forms. Residents can call 275-4100 to find their closest library branch. Visitors do not need a library card to enter the library.