The nationwide ban on evictions is set to expire on Saturday, leaving millions of people across the country reaching out for help.
But, there are options available for Hoosiers still struggling to make ends meet.
Officials say renters facing eviction often never know what kind of help is available to them. For example, there are seven emergency rental assistance programs in Indiana just standing by, waiting to be used.
Since the start of the pandemic, thousands of evictions have been filed statewide.
Officials with Prosperity Indiana say approximately 72% of Hoosier renters with extremely low incomes are at risk of homelessness. That is the second-highest rate in the Midwest.
Data from the US Treasury shows that Indiana’s seven emergency rental assistance programs have only spent a fraction of the money available.
Michaela Wischmeier with Prosperity Indiana says, “There's still financial lifelines out there. There's still a lot of funds that have not been spent in Indiana and especially for that threshold of needing to spend by September; at least 60% for ERA. So, the big thing I stress is, even when it seems hopeless, don't give up. Keep trying to pursue all the options possible.”
Prosperity Indiana says, an eviction notice does not mean your fight is over.
Indiana’s seven rental assistance programs can help provide financial relief for overdue rent or ongoing monthly bills. It can also help renters get the legal representation they may need.
The eviction moratorium ends on July 31st. You can apply for renter’s assistance through the House Authority of the City of Evansville.