State accepting applications for the Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance (IERA) program

Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

INDIANAPOLIS  – The state’s Rental Assistance Portal is now accepting applications for the Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance (IERA) program. This program can provide eligible renters with up to 12 months of rental and home/utility assistance. More information, including the steps for renters to apply both online and over the phone, can be found on the top banner of the indianahousingnow.org website or by calling 2-1-1.

“The Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance (IERA) program is designed to help renters financially-impacted by COVID-19,” said Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, who serves as board chair of IHCDA. “We are pleased to work with our network of program partners, participating landlords, and home energy/utility providers to continue assisting Indiana renters.”

An “eligible household” under the IERA program, as defined by the U.S. Department of Treasury, is a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median

Eligible renter households may receive up to 12 months of assistance. This includes:

  • Forward facing rent and rental arrears capped at the Fair Market Rent (listed below)
  • Utilities, home energy, and internet arrears 
  • Any arrears must be for expenses incurred since April 1, 2020
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“Our number one goal is to ensure equal access to the rental assistance funding and resources that are available,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of IHCDA. “We are thankful for a wide variety of landlords, local, community, and not-for-profit organizations who are helping us direct renters in need of support to the Rental Assistance Portal.”

The U.S. Department of Treasury awarded Indiana with $448 million in rental and home/utility assistance through their Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. In addition to the State of Indiana, 6 Indiana municipalities have received ERA funding and are administering their own programs (listed below):

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Renter households living in these areas must apply through their local program and are not eligible to apply for the IERA program.

In addition to the IERA program, additional COVID-19 housing and utility resources remain available for Indiana homeowners and renters:

  • Mortgage Assistance – Indiana homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments can apply for mortgage assistance through the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN): 877gethope.org
  • Utility Assistance – The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps Hoosier homeowners and renters pay their heat and electric bills: eap.ihcda.in.gov
  • Coronavirus Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Guide – This guide provides questions to frequently asked questions and resources for Indiana households financially impacted by COVID-19 to help them avoid eviction or foreclosure: in.gov/ihcda/coronavirus.htm

SOURCE: News release from Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority